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Kaby Lake-G Chromebook codenamed "Kidd" in the works?

The Kaby Lake-G features AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GPU integrated in the chip die. (Source: TheNerdMag)
The Kaby Lake-G features AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GPU integrated in the chip die. (Source: TheNerdMag)
Chromebooks could soon get a substantial performance boost, as the Chrome OS developers are planning to support Intel's Kaby Lake-G CPUs that come with the dedicated AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU. The first Chromebook that would include such specs is codenamed "Kidd" and it was discovered mentioned in the Chromium code commit repository.
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Google’s initial intention for its Chrome OS was to provide a free and reliable operating system for budget laptops. These laptops are now known as Chromebooks, but Chrome OS has come quite a long way since its release in 2011, as it is now able to run on a wider range of devices and configurations, including mini PCs and tablets or 2-in-1 convertibles. Users looking for premium Chromebook configurations will be happy to know that the first Chromebook powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake-G is in development and could hit the market very soon.

The Kaby Lake-G Chromebook was recently spotted in the Chromium OS code commit under the “Kidd” codename. This would be the first Chromebook to integrate a semi-dedicated AMD GPU, and this could propel Chrome OS out of its niche and into a more mainstream market. Unfortunately, the code commit text does not mention any spec information for the Chromebook Kidd (an interesting play on words referencing the term “comeback kid”, supposedly). However, since the Kaby Lake-G packs quite a bit of power, the specs could include at least a 15-inch screen and might come in a 2-in-1 package.

According to XDA-developers, some of the devices mentioned in the Chromium code commit may take months and sometimes even more than a year before getting launched on the consumer market (not to mention that a few never get released). Hopefully The Chromebook Kidd will not take that long.

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Note that Kidd is supposed to be an experimental device, and might not even be launched as a commercial product. (Source: Chromium Gerrit)
Note that Kidd is supposed to be an experimental device, and might not even be launched as a commercial product. (Source: Chromium Gerrit)

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1571 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-05-24 (Update: 2018-05-24)