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Google Developing AltOS Mode for PixelBook; Here’s Proof

By Radu Iorga

The Google Pixelbook may not have been selling exactly like hot cakes, but it’s got one thing going for it: the ability to experiment. The flagship Chrome OS machine has been getting action from Android, Play Store, Fuchsia and probably even Andromeda in experimental fashion. Now it’s ready to get a so called “AltOS” mode.

It’s not very clear what this mode does, but there’s a chance it’ll let people do some dual boot action on the device. Imagine booting another OS other than Chrome OS on the machine, how cool is that? It may also just be a mode to let developers boot more easily into Fuchsia OS, Google’s OS that’s under development right now. The commit comments show that “go/vboot-windows” is mentioned, so we may also get Windows as an option on the Pixelbook, natively even.

The PixelBook was by no means a bad machine, but the high price was the problem with it. It’s more than capable of running Windows or whatever other OS you throw at it. Now if only Google figured out a way to alternate between Chrome OS and the other platform faster and more efficient than those dual boot Android/Windows tablets out there… Those take even minutes to switch between OSes.

I still have my money on Fuchsia though.

 

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Samsung Chromebook Pro Updated With Backlit Keyboard

By Radu Iorga

Samsung just released a new version of its Chromebook Pro laptop, that has a backlit keyboard. The Chromebook Pro was one of the best Chromebooks launched in 2017 and thus Samsung felt the need to upgrade it.

The 12.3 inch 2400 x 1600 pixel display was much appreciated by buyers and reviewers, but the Core m3 wasn’t exactly top of the line processing gear. At least it was superior to an ARM solution from a Chromebook Plus. One drawback of the device was poor travel of the keys and lack of backlighting. Samsung fixed that on the new model.

Unveiled over the past weekend, the 2018 Samsung Chromebook Pro has simply been listed on the Samsung website, as the “Samsung Chromebook Pro with Backlit Keyboard”. The specs are identical compared to the 2017 model, minus the keyboard of course. We would have expected a newer CPU, maybe more than 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The price stays $599 though…

The appeal here is that you also get a pretty capable stylus, which is stowable on the device. By the way the device has a rotatable screen (360 degrees), microSD card slot and a 39 Wh battery, which promises 9 hours of functioning.

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HP Debuts First Chromebook Detachable, HP Chromebook x2, Priced at $599

By James A.

HP unveiled a new Chromebook this week, the Chromebook x2 model, which is priced at $599 and it’s supposed to go head to head with the iPad Pro in the education area. This is supposed to be the first Chromebook detachable, according to HP.

This is no Google Pixelbook for sure, but it’s sure better than the average Chrome OS laptop. The detachable aspect of it lets you switch between a laptop mode and a tablet mode, with ease. The device has a magnetic hinge, which is unlike those of the kind you’ve seen till now. It ensures a smooth connection between the full sized keyboard base and the 12.3 inch tablet.

The 12.3 inch touch display offers a resolution of 2400 x 1600 pixels and inside the laptop we find a 7th gen Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM (with the option to add 4 GB more), 32 GB of storage and a microSD card slot. The connectivity options are pretty standard, including two USB Type-C ports and an audio jack. The device is supposed to offer up to 10 hours of battery life and it comes in an elegant anodized aluminum finish and Oxford Blue keyboard.

 

The product is a bit beefier than the iPad Pro, at 8.2 mm in thickness and 1.62 pounds in weight. Those are tablet sizes, but when it becomes a laptop it goes to 15.3 mm in thickness and 3.14 pounds in weight. HP Chromebook x2 comes as a bundle, with the above mentioned keyboard and an active pen stylus. It will be sold starting from June 10.

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HP jumps on Chrome OS tablet bandwagon with new Chromebook x2

By Valentina Palladino

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Acer ushered in the “Chromebook tablet” era with its Chromebook Tab 10 slab last month, and HP wasted no time entering the new space. The company announced the Chromebook x2, a Chrome OS detachable with a keyboard and Wacom AES stylus that isn’t meant to be confined to the classroom. While Acer’s tablet is meant for education and commercial customers, HP’s Chromebook x2 was made with regular customers in mind, particularly those who are attracted to the versatility and efficiency of Chrome OS.

The Chromebook x2’s specs immediately differentiate it from Acer’s device: it runs on a 7th-gen Y-series Intel processor, 4GB of RAM (and supports up to 8GB), and 32GB of storage that can be expanded to 256GB through the microSD card slot. Designed with a similar size to HP’s other “x2” detatchables, the Chromebook x2 has a 12.3-inch 2400×1600 IPS display that supports touch and pen input, and it has a 5MP WideVision camera and a 13MP rear-facing camera. It has two USB Type-C ports in addition to the microSD card slot and the standard audio in/out jack, and its 48Wh (watt-hour) battery is estimated to last 10.5 hours on a single charge.

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Chromebooks May Go 4K Pretty Soon, Leak Shows

By Radu Iorga

The definition of Chromebooks has changed quite a bit over the past year or so, as we’ve seen them getting new features. We’ve seen them get Google Play Store support, Android apps and also Chromebooks have been bumped up to higher specs and CPUs. Now they’re going 4K, it seems.

The Google Pixelbook already seemed to have plenty of pixels, at 2400 x 1600 pixels in resolution. Well, you can always do better and it seems that we’re about to see a 4K Chromebook. The info is revealed by the Chromium OS source code, which is the on that Chrome OS is based on. It just got updated with a reference to a machine that’s codenamed “Atlas” and comes with a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution screen.

XDA Developers has the scoop on it. The file that mentions the 4K stuff is called “boards/yaml” and also lists different hardware configs for Chromium OS supports. The Google Pixelbook appears there as “eve”, while Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is “kevin”. The Atlas doesn’t seem to have an SD card slot and other than that and the resolution specs are unknown. The code mentions a keyboard, touchpad and touchscreen, too.

A 4K Chromebook means two things: video editing and gaming, which is something that the Chromebooks haven’t tackled till now. Interestingly the 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution means a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is wider than the Pixelbook 3:2 display. Sounds like full screen Netflix and split screen multitasking to me. We’ll learn more at I/O next month.

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