The first Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chromebook appears to be on its way, and we already know a decent amount about the device. Codenamed “cheza”, it could well be one of the very few detachable Chromebooks on the market. It could even have LTE support at launch – though that doesn’t appear to be unique to cheza anymore. What could be unique about the detachable Chromebook is that, according to a commit on the Chromium Gerrit, this one may have a built-in stylus.
The commit message suggests that it may be like the Samsung S-Pen found on the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Very few Chrome OS devices support a stylus, and even fewer support one built-in.
We’ve established that this device, in particular, is detachable, so this may mean that you could take a drawing tablet with you anywhere if you want. You’ll be able to make use of a huge amount of applications that could benefit from having a stylus, and if the device has Linux app support, then we can expect to see even more uses for it. From what we can tell so far, Cheza is aimed not only at productivity but at those looking for a machine to do practically everything.
If you’re looking for a Chromebook that supports a built-in stylus, then your only real options are the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro. The Acer Spin 11 also supports a stylus, but you can’t slide it back into the device when you’re done with it. The Google Pixelbook also has one available as an extra, but it’ll set you back about $100 if you want to buy it. Lastly, the HP Chromebook X2 also comes with a stylus, though it’s awkwardly attached to the keyboard base. Hopefully, we’ll see this particular Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered detachable Chromebook arrive in the near future, as it looks to be potentially one of the best yet.
Featured image: the first detachable Chromebook, the HP Chromebook X2
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