New Snapdragon 845-Powered Chromebook 'Cheza' In The Works

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A newly spotted series of Chromium Gerrit commits suggests there’s a Snapdragon-powered Chromebook on the way and that it will feature something akin to Qualcomm’s recently introduced “Always On” functionality for PCs. That’s despite confirmation from Qualcomm just a few short months ago, which indicated that it wouldn’t be working to build a Chromebook until pricing went up. In fact, there have been more than 50 commits for the Chrome OS device, which has been code-named “Cheza,” over the past couple of days. Aside from a few unusual quirks in the references made via those commits which seem a bit odd for a Chromebook, it seems as though Qualcomm may have something up its sleeve after all. Cheza appears as though it would be a Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebook, with the OS and components being squeezed into a 2-in-1 “detachable” frame. That would place it in a similar category as the recently released HP Chromebook x2.

Beyond that, there are a few other details that have been noted in the commits. For example, testing is being conducted at a wide display ratio of 16:9 with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The Snapdragon SoC in question is capable of native 4K UHD resolutions so that may not remain the case beyond testing but that’s where it is right now. It also has two USB Type-C ports which appear as though they might hardcoded as peripherals to allow for display output in addition to charging. Of course, this remains a device that is expected to feature Qualcomm’s Always On PC functionality. In various tests of Windows-powered devices with the feature, that allows for constant connectivity over either LTE or Wi-Fi – whichever is available. It also allows a standard PC to boot up a bit more quickly since it has effectively remained on the entire time. Meanwhile, those other computers have been seen achieving up to 20-hours of battery life. For Chrome OS, the benefits of that are likely to be increased significantly since it already boots up more quickly, and is more power efficient.

Setting that aside, the Snapdragon 845 SoC potentially brings a few extras to the table as well. For starters, it is capable of LTE speeds in excess of Gigabit connections which could take advantage of any network enhancements expected over the next several months. It also delivers a very robust Adreno GPU which could enable the most intensive Android apps to run almost flawlessly. Those are just a few of the features a Snapdragon-powered Chromebook could herald but that probably won’t come for cheap. As alluded to above, Qualcomm had said it won’t be bringing out a Chrome OS device until the average price rose above $500. So it’s unlikely that Cheza, if and when the device appears over the next several months, will sell at below that price point.