Few days before, Qualcomm released its latest chipset; the Snapdragon 845; in Hawaii event. As per report, the chipset spots 8-semi-custom Kryo cores, the latest Adreno 630 GPU. Their 2nd gen Spectra 280 Internet Service Provider (ISP), and the Hexagon 685 digital signal processor (DSP).
The latest chipset is fabricated on a 10nm FinFET (Fin Field Effect Transistor) process. So far, Xiaomi confirmed that the Xiaomi Mi 7 is coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and the next year’s Galaxy S9 duo and Xperia XZ2 have been rumored for the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Instead of smartphones, a main thing during the event was on always connected Computers/ Laptops. And as it turns out, Chromebook devices powered by the Snapdragon 845 may previously be on the way.
According to an XDA statement, as per two commits that have newly surfaced, add support for a generic board running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. “The first commit we revealed simply adds a new board called “cheza” though there is no additional info on this specific commit. Though, a follow-up commit displays that “cheza” is really a board overlay for a reference device powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC.
The numerous references to the name “chipset-qc845” are a huge hint that this board overlay is for the latest Qualcomm SoC in question. Likewise, we can also see a reference to Qualcomm on the make.defaults file.”
Now a usual question that blinks up in your head right here, is why wasn’t there a Qualcomm running Chromebook till now? Well, last year 2 Ex-Google’s addressed this issue. They exposed that this issue is owed to “Qualcomm’s reluctance to open-source and upstream the numerous drivers that make up Linux maintenance for the embedded devices.” Since these comments were made last year, it’s possible that Qualcomm has altered their position and is working to upstream the essential drivers.