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HP Chromebook x2 Gets New Version, Specced Like the Microsoft Surface Go

By James A.

Microsoft’s recently launched Surface Go seems to have been inspirational for other companies, like HP, who is making a new version of the HP CheromBook x2. The machine will still have Chrome OS on board and a CPU and hardware setup similar to the Surface Go.

The info comes courtesy of a leaked HP technical document, that shows a branch of the Chromebook x2, which was the first detachable Chromebook. The original Chromebook x2 had 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 12.3 inch screen with a 2400 x 1600 pixel resolution. It had a pretty big $600 price tag, which is a bit higher than the Surface Go.

That one goes with a 10 inch 1800 x 1200 pixel screen, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It’s priced at $400, but you also have to spend $99 for the Surface Pen and $99 for the Surface Type Cover. The main novelty is the CPU, an Intel Pentium “Gold” 4415Y, that was believed to be a Surface Go exclusive. Turns out that HP will also adopt it on the new Chrome OS detachable.

The folks of Tabletmonkeys have come up with a specs list that includes an Intel Core i5-7Y54 CPU version and an Intel Pentium 4415Y version, which is the same as the Surface Go. You can also go up to 8 GB of RAM and B&O Play dual speakers. HP’s main appeal is the extra 2 inches of screen and with a bit of luck, the price will become more decent.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: A good (but not great) first Chrome OS tablet

By Valentina Palladino

Enlarge / Hellllloooooo Chrome OS tablets. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Chrome OS took over schools with clamshells, but now Google is shaking things up with slabs. After a spring announcement, Acer has built the first Chrome OS tablet, the $329 Chromebook Tab 10, to give teachers and students a more flexible device to use for schoolwork both in and out of the classroom.

Some might perk up at the idea of a lightweight yet durable tablet with a 2048×1536 display and a built-in Wacom stylus running Chrome OS, but this device (like many other Chrome OS devices) will only be sold in the education market. While regular consumers may not be able to get their hands on the Chromebook Tab 10, however, there will be more Chrome OS tablets to come that will be sold to the general public.

After spending some time with this inaugural Chrome OS tablet, it would be remiss to think that it’s essentially the same thing as an Android tablet—devices that are largely unsupported at this point. We may not be traditional educators or students at this point, but Ars tested the Chromebook Tab 10 with a few things in mind: how does the Chrome OS experience translate on a tablet sans-keyboard? And, perhaps more importantly, can Chrome OS bring Google’s tablet category back from the dead?

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New Chromebook “Cheza” Packs Snapdragon 845 Processor, is a 2 in 1 Tablet

By Radu Iorga

As expected Intel is about to lose one of its big sellers, Chromebooks. Turns out that future models could rely on Snapdragon CPUs. One such example has just appeared, under the codename “Cheza”. It’s a 2 in 1 Chromebook with a Snapdragon 845 CPU.

We’ve seen Snapdragons on Windows 10 S machines and moving to Chromebooks seems logical. This “Cheza” will be a in 2 in 1 Chromebook with a detachable keyboard. There’s also a Chromium source code commit, that points towards the same device. Leaks and sources talk about it, as having a 2560 x 1440 pixel screen, plus there’s an USB Type-C port in the mix, for connecting an external screen, data transfer and charging.

Chromebooks have been available with Intel, Rockchip and MediaTek processors, but none with Qualcomm. It would offer extra choices, better battery life, plus LTE modem, which is something the other chips don’t bring. The Cheza Chrome OS device will end up as an “Always Connected” machine, with an eSIM maybe. Expect to use it as a laptop, tablet and regular detachable.

Not sure if Microsoft will be happy about this, since it cannibalizes their Windows 10 S /Windows on ARM machines. Since Qualcomm is rolling in cash, they may as well offer the CPU cheaper to the Chromebook OEMs, so the prices may be lower than we’ve seen lately (the latest Chromebooks have become very pricey sadly).

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is a New Convertible With Kaby Lake Y Processor

By James A.

Samsung launched a new Chromebook, a convertible tablet that weighs about 2.9 pounds, which is quite big for a slate, but OK for a laptop. You can call the Chromebook Plus V2 a laptop actually and you wouldn’t be too wrong. The device has a 12.2 inch Full HD touchscreen and we detailed it below.

Inside the device there’s a 6 watt Intel Celeron 3965Y Kaby Lake-Y processor and this is an update to the Chromebook Plus, that already exists and it’s made by Samsung too. The product will be available on Best Buy from June 24th, priced at $500. The 12.2 inch screen offers a Full HD resolution, touch input and digital pen input, plus a 39 Wh battery.

4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, plus there are plenty of ports here: USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A and microSD. It also has stereo speakers, a 1 MP front camera and 13 MP back camera, which is strangely placed above the keyboard, basically the back of the device when it’s folded for use in tablet mode. The product has an aluminum and plastic combo of materials and it measures 0.7 inches in thickness.

The device has a 360 degree hinge and somehow it doesn’t feel like an upgrade from the device from 2017. It has a lower resolution screen, a beefier design and pretty similar specs otherwise. Another plus is the full size USB port, which the last year unit didn’t have.

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Next Gen Chromebooks May Sport eSIM, Project Fi Support

By Radu Iorga

You may be wondering what’s next for Chromebooks, now that the Windows on ARM devices are getting hype and talk about their integration of Snapdragon 850 and Snapdragon 1000 CPUs. Well, Chromebooks are about to get better connected.

The latest rumors are saying that the future Chrome OS laptops will come with eSIM and Project Fi support. Traditionally Chromebooks stay glued to WiFi and don’t get any love for 4G LTE, unlike the Windows on ARM machines, which are all about LTE and Always Connected stuff. The eSIM packing models of the future will support both Google’s own network and other carriers’ networks.

The first signs were found by XDA in a code review for open source Chromium, the code on which Chrome and Chrome OS are based. It details a certain “Project Hermes”, with the above mentioned functions. Hermes is all about implementing eSIM support for Chrome OS. It will deliver messages between devices with eSIM chips and carrier servers via profile downloads and service discovery for new carriers.

eSIM tech hasn’t been very available on tablets and laptops and only a few high profile devices have used it. Google Pixel 2 and iPads come to mind. 4G and even 5G capable Chromebooks will make for some pretty solid Windows on ARM competition in the future. It remains to be seen if they can also break the 20 hours of battery life barrier.

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