Tuesday , June 5 2018

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor might find itself in an unlikely place — inside your next Chromebook

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip has only recently been announced, and amongst the usual excitement about better performance, better camera quality and data speed on phones, there’s some more surprising news this morning.

You see, alongside the Snapdragon 845 announcement, Qualcomm announced “Always Connected PCs” which are Windows 10 laptops powered by the last generation Snapdragon 835. But they didn’t stop there. Behind the scenes, there’s indications that the Snapdragon 845 will come to ChromeOS devices, too.

According to XDA Developers, there are a few changes to the ChromeOS code repository which show the Snapdragon 845 will come to Chrome.  One of them is a board that’s referred to as “cheza”, and another commit that follows this reveals that “cheza” is the board overlay used on a Snapdragon 845 reference device.

Why’s this matter? The Snapdragon 835 chipset has already proven more than capable of running a heavy OS like Windows 10, while delivering excellent connectivity and ridiculous battery life. Imagine then, if you will, the next generation processor, with all the inherent improvements, running a lightweight OS like ChromeOS… and you can see why I’m personally excited.

Goodness knows when this might become reality, but the fact that it’s being worked on is exciting enough!

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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