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Chromebooks powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset may be on their way

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chips shipping in future Chromebooks is certainly something to get excited about.

  • Published: December 23, 2017 11:35 AM IST

Few weeks ago, Qualcomm launched its latest chipset – the Snapdragon 845 – in an event in Hawaii. As announced, the chipset features eight semi-custom Kryo cores, the new Adreno 630 GPU, the company’s second-generation Spectra 280 ISP, and the Hexagon 685 DSP. The chipset is fabricated on a 10nm FinFET process.

So far, Xiaomi confirmed that the Mi 7 is coming with the chipset, and the next year’s Galaxy S9-duo and Sony Xperia XZ2 have been rumored for the same as well. But, instead of mobiles, a major chunk of focus during the event was on always connected PCs. And as it turns out, Chromebook devices powered by the Snapdragon 845 may already be on the way.

According to an XDA report, as per two commits that have recently surfaced, add support for a generic board running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. “The first commit we discovered simply adds a new board called “cheza” though there is no further information in this particular commit. However, a follow-up commit shows that “cheza” is actually a board overlay for a reference device powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The several references to the name “chipset-qc845” are a big clue that this board overlay is for the latest Qualcomm SoC in question. Furthermore, we can also see a reference to Qualcomm in the make.defaults file.”

Now a natural doubt that pops up in your head right here, is why wasn’t there a Qualcomm running Chromebook till now? Well, last year two ex-Googlers addressed this issue. They revealed that this problem is owed to “Qualcomm’s reluctance to open-source and upstream the various drivers that make up Linux support for the embedded devices.” Since these comments were made last year, it’s possible that Qualcomm has changed their stance and is working to upstream the necessary drivers.

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  • Published Date: December 23, 2017 11:35 AM IST