Rumors this week suggested that Microsoft is working with Qualcomm to bring Snapdragon powered Surface Pro in near future. Interestingly, a recent chromium commit suggests that Google has started working on at least two Snapdragon-powered Chromebook platforms.
Rumors related to Snapdragon-powered Chromebooks started after a Chromium commit referenced to a ‘Cheza’ motherboards and now a new codename has surfaced under the snapdragon-related ‘Trogdor’. Although we have seen ARM chips used in Chromebooks before, it will be the first time we will see a Snapdragon chip in a Chromebook. This will mark an important turn as companies are currently trying to move away from Intel’s chips.
In case you aren’t aware, the ‘Cheza’ Chromebook is based on Snapdragon 845 processor and at first glance, it seems that Google is working on a Snapdragon 845 based Chromebook. However, according to 9to5Google, the chromium commit indicates that it is just an interim measure and the Trogdor Chromebook won’t be using the Snapdragon 845 processor. While at the moment it’s unclear which chip Google will be using in the upcoming Chromebook, Google might end up using Snapdragon 855 or this year’s flagship Qualcomm processor.
If that’s the case, the move wouldn’t be surprising as Qualcomm recently confirmed that its Snapdragon 8cx is heading to ARM-based Windows 10 laptops. As a result, it’s more than likely that we might see a Snapdragon 8cx powered Chromebooks in future. However, it’s too early to say anything as we aren’t likely to get the Snapdragon powered Chromebooks until next year.