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