Snapdragon-powered Chromebooks hinted at in Chrome OS repository

New commits found in the Chromium repository indicate that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 could power some Chromebooks in the future.

XDA-Developers spotted references to the “QC845,” which we assume to be the Snapdragon 845, inside new directories for “cheza,” presumed to be a test bed. Qualcomm chipsets recently debuted on Windows 10 laptops with power-efficient cellular modems. It’s not clear if we’d see the same LTE capabilities on Chromebooks if Snapdragons did make it onto future devices.

Chrome OS already operates on the ARM64 architecture with the so-called OP1 chipset found on select notebooks including the Samsung Chromebook Plus. So, why has it taken so long for Qualcomm to get with the program? Former Google employees claim that the chipmaker wasn’t willing to open-source and deliver Linux-linking drivers.

Things may have changed as Qualcomm looks to boost brand value in the wake of Broadcom’s ongoing acquisition attempt and litigation against Apple over intellectual property and antitrust claims.

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