Chromebooks powered by Snapdragon are coming in second half of 2019, confirms Qualcomm
Qualcomm ended its three-day Snapdragon summit by announcing the world's first 7 nanometer PC platform - the Snapdragon 8cx chipset. While the focus of the 8cx is Windows 10, and it is expected to power some 2-in-1 laptops and tablets running Microsoft OS, it will eventually also make its way to Google's Chromebooks.
Qualcomm's product management lead, Miguel Nunes, in an interaction with media confirmed the chip maker was working with Google to bring Snapdragon powered Chromebooks in the second half of 2019.
In the past there have been several rumours and reports about Google and Qualcomm working on Chromebooks. In fact, one of the reports suggested a Chromebook codenamed "Cheza" powered by Snapdragon 845 was in the works.
Nunes now reveals that Qualcomm is already working on the Snapdragon-powered Google Chromebooks, and looks like the company is in the last stages of development. "We are working on Chromebooks as well, you'll see Chromebook products in the second half of next year and they will be powered by Snapdragon," he said.
Giving further insight on the upcoming Snapdragon powered Google Chromebooks, Nunes said that these devices would be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset. "They'll initially be focused on Snapdragon 845," he said. On asking if there are chances for Snapdragon 8cx powered Chromebooks coming anytime soon, Nunes said, "We will initially focus on Snapdragon 845, and if we see the market requires high performance we might try for Snapdragon 8cx, nothing stops us from doing that."
Stating the roadmap for the next year, Nunes said that Qualcomm was working with other OEMs alongside the PC OEMs in order to expand the reach to some of the emerging markets like India. "We have a lot more OEMs coming to market next year, some of them are not traditional PC OEMs, in order to drive scale," he said. Nunes further noted, "PC OEMs drive their own partners and markets, but with the coming of other OEMs we believe they will go aggressive about the other markets. 2019 is going to be a great year because we are going to have a diverse portfolio and in 2020 there will be more devices."
Disclaimer: The reporter's travel and stay for this event in Maui, Hawaii have been arranged by Qualcomm