First Snapdragon 845 Chromebook could be a 2-in-1 with detachable keyboard

The HP Chromebook x2 is an Intel Core M powered 2-in-1.

Early hints of a Chromebook powered by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 845 mobile system on chip (SoC) have been followed up by far firmer confirmations, including more details about what the device might be like. The Chromebook is said to be a 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard, which would make it super light when in tablet mode, and it’s even suggested there will be a whole host of options for external display connection.

We first caught wind of a potential Snapdragon-powered Chromebook last December, where XDA Developers discovered mentions of Snapdragon within Chrome OS code. The device was said to be code-named “Cheza,” and that seems to have been proven accurate with the latest look at the Chromium repository. Commits there highlight that Cheza would be “detachable,” thereby suggesting a keyboard that unhitches from the display.

Although the display resolution in the commits points toward a 2560 x 1440 resolution, AboutChromebooks highlights that that could well be just a display used for testing and not a final resolution. In theory, the Snapdragon 845 supports resolutions up to 4K, so there is no way as of yet to nail down what kind of display the new Chromebook could have.

What we do know is that there will be plenty of options for attaching an external display. USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and DisplayPort ports will be available, meaning even if the onboard display is a little weak or small, there will at least be options for improving that when stationary.

Such a device could also have LTE connectivity. The Snapdragon 845, older versions of which have already made their way into a number of laptops, has an onboard Qualcomm X20 modem. That should make it possible for laptops powered by it to offer wireless data connection speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Although that could well be dependent on the choices made by the eventual manufacturer of Cheza, Google has in the past said it’s keen to improve data connectivity for Chromebooks in the future.

Although Qualcomm processors have typically been used for mobile devices, they are finding their way into more and more traditional computing system like laptops. In the case of Chrome OS, which is already lightweight and snappy, Qualcomm SoCs could offer an efficient hardware choice that helps bring extended battery life to the Chromebook space.

We’ll need to wait for an official announcement to find out anything concrete about Cheza, but as the leaks add up, a portrait of the laptop is starting to take shape.

Computing

The best webcams you can buy are mostly made by Logitech

Webcams are a bundled feature in most laptops, but if yours doesn't have one or you're video conferencing on a desktop, you might need a standalone webcam. These are the best webcams you can buy.
Computing

Apple's Mac Mini and MacBook Air are both great, but which is better?

Torn between the portability of a laptop and the power of a desktop? You aren't the only one. Apple offers great examples of both, with great unique and shared features for each. If we pit the Mac Mini vs. MacBook Air, which do you think…
Computing

If you need your laptop to be large, these ones are most in charge

Whether you're in the market for a mobile workstation or a gaming behemoth, there's probably something in the 15-inch form factor that can fit the bill. Here, we've rounded up the best 15-inch laptops available.
Mobile

Leaked Verizon calendar suggests a late September launch for the next iPhone

The last iPhones just launched, but rumors about the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Deals

Dell sale drops up to $895 off Alienware and XPS 13 laptops for grads

If you’re sniffing around for a new PC and are hunting for a deal, Dell has a couple of its best offerings – the mighty Alienware 17 gaming laptop and the super-sleek Dell XPS 13 ultrabook – on sale right now at pretty solid…
Deals

Amazon deal cuts prices on the latest 11-inch Apple iPad Pro tablets

The Apple iPad Pro has been among our favorite tablets since its initial release in 2018. While Amazon and Samsung offer powerful products, no tablet can touch the iPad Pro's power and productivity. Score yours now on Amazon for just $699.
Computing

Forget Facebook: These are the 5 weirdest cryptocurrencies you can buy today

Though cryptocurrency may sound like a big and serious topic, a few of its implementations are actually fun. From Shiba Inus to feline coins and everything in between, we've rounded up the most eccentric digital coins.
Computing

Time for a desk upgrade! These great stands will elevate and protect your laptop

The best laptop stands keep your laptop cool and elevated to a position where it's most comfortable to work. Stands come in many different designs with a number of added features, so here are our favorites.
Computing

PCI Express 6.0 is coming in 2021, and it’s already overkill

The PCI Special Interests Group began laying out the specifications for its next, next-generation motherboard socket: PCI Express 6.0. It will double bandwidth again and offer some clever efficiency-boosting technologies.
Cars

Volkswagen says no thanks to outsiders as it develops its own operating system

Volkswagen is taking software development into its own hands instead of joining forces with tech companies. It's assembling a team of more than 5,000 engineers to design an operating system that will equip in all of its cars by 2025.
Computing

Dive into the best VR experiences available now on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift brought back virtual reality and put a modern twist on it. Grab your Touch Controllers, put on your VR headset, and jump into the fun with some of the best Oculus Rift games available now.
Gaming

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 29 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
Computing

What is Libra? Here’s what you need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

Facebook released a white paper announcing its new cryptocurrency, Libra, which it intends as a way to enable more people around the world to process online payments. Here's how the new blockchain technology works.
Computing

From Air to Pro, here are the best MacBook deals for June 2019

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.