The premium Chromebook market is about to get a little more competitive. Signs point to both Dell and HP developing their own Chrome OS based laptops; possibly to put a challenge to Google’s Pixelbook.
Five high-end Chromebooks were spotted in development by XDA-Developers: Akali, Nami, Pantheon, Sona, and Vayne. There is an indication that Vayne belongs to Dell, while Sona has been connected to HP.
All the five Chromebooks will be using the same master boards, which is how developers speed up building the machines. It also makes it easier to track the development of the Chromebooks and leads to nearly identical specifications across the board.
Each of the devices will come in a 360-degree style convertible form factor, a pixel-dense 2400 x 1600 resolution panel and Intel Kaby Lake processors. Being a high-end model, all the Chromebooks will have RAM options up to 16GB. Google Assistant support will also be present on the all the models.
There’s no release date for this range of Chromebooks, although it is likely that they could be arriving in late 2018. That said, the market for such devices is extremely small in Malaysia; with none of them actually sold on the consumer market here.