Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset Could Soon Power Chromebooks
Microsoft has already announced laptops with Windows 10 that are powered by Qualcomm Chipsets
At the Snapdragon Summit earlier this month, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 835 SoC will power Windows laptops with Gigabit LTE and day-long battery life. New reports now state OEMs are also working on Snapdragon-powered Chromebooks that can seamlessly run 32-bit x86 apps.
Qualcomm earlier this month unveiled its next generation flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 845, that will power most Android flagship smartphones next year. A new report suggests that at least one Chromebook device will be powered by Snapdragon 845 in 2018.
XDA-Developers found references to “chipset-qc845” and a new board called “cheza” for the chip. Additionally, they also found references to existing Samsung Chromebook Plus with ARM-based chip “rk3399,” which is less powerful than the Snapdragon 845 SoC.
So far, the majority of Chromebooks have been powered by Intel, but we have seen a few instances of ARM chipsets in the past year. The Acer Chromebook R13 uses a MediaTek chipset.
While Google‘s CR-48 hardware sample and first generation Chromebook Pixel offered 3G and LTE respectively, the second-generation Chromebook Pixel dropped the LTE option. Seemingly, the last Chromebook to offer LTE support was the Acer Chromebook 15, released in November 2015.
However, a major reason why OEMs haven’t used Qualcomm’s chipsets so far is due to the fact that Qualcomm offers only two years of driver support, which clashes with the five years of software updates the Chrome OS devices promise.