Samsung may be gearing up to launch a 2-in-1 Chromebook thank makes use of Intel’s Kaby Lake processors.
Through digging around in Google’s Chromium repositories, Chrome Unboxed uncovered the name of a Samsung engineer linked to a device codenamed Nautilus, which was originally spotted back in September.
The engineer in question Jongpil Jung has cropped up in Chromium repositories in the past, notably linked to Samsung devices such as the Samsung Chromebook Pro. As such, the discovery of Jung’s familiar name would strongly suggest that Nautilus in a Samsung device.
“Now, in most cases, a name wouldn’t be a common denominator for pinning down a manufacturer but Mr. Jung’s work has been solely isolated to Samsung’s device up unto this point and I have no reason to believe that has changed,” explained Chrome Unboxed‘s Gabriel Brangers.
Details of the specification or design of Nautilus are thin on the ground, save that it will have a Kaby Lake generation Core i chip. But there’s a strong chance the Nautilus could be a hybrid 2-in-1 device similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Book and will likely have the same touchscreen and stylus capabilities as Google’s own Pixelbook.
It would certainly make sense for Samsung to spread out its hybrid device line up to Chrome OS to go along side its Windows 10 devices, particularly given Samsung’s previous experience in making Chromebooks and Android-powered devices that have productivity in mind.
There’s a good chance Samsung will reveal Nautilus at its next major product announcement, likely to be the reveal of the Galaxy S9 flagship phone early next year.
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