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'Rammus' could be the next Asus Chromebook with Kaby Lake

'Rammus' could be the next Asus Chromebook (Image source: Asus)
'Rammus' could be the next Asus Chromebook (Image source: Asus)
The aging Asus Chromebook Flip C302 could soon have a proper successor if the "Rammus" code name is any indication. With IFA 2018 not far off, the Taiwanese manufacturer could be preparing an announcement for its overdue Chromebook refresh. Early rumors point to a mainstream or high-end offering with a backlit keyboard and Kaby Lake U-class or Y-class processor options.

The last Chromebook from Asus launched almost two years ago as the Chromebook Flip C302. Curiously, the OEM has yet to refresh its Chromebook lineup with Kaby Lake even though the technology has been available for over a year. Chrome Unboxed, however, recently unearthed a new baseboard codenamed "Rammus" that could potentially point to a brand new Asus Chromebook.

The source notes that it's difficult to pinpoint which OEM would be responsible for the "Rammus" model based on the code name alone. Nonetheless, it's unlikely that "Rammus" would be a new Pixelbook since Google code names tend to follow a different trend than what is observed here. Asus is the more likely candidate as the source is claiming that Chromebook developer Agnes Cheng - who was responsible for numerous older Asus Chromebooks - is behind the development of "Rammus".

Other than the mysterious code name, not much else is known about the model. The system is expected to have a Kaby Lake Y-class or U-class CPU with convertible 2-in-1 features and a touchscreen. The code is also pointing towards a backlit keyboard to suggest a mainstream or flagship device. In all, "Rammus" is shaping up to be a direct competitor to the Acer Chromebook Spin 13.

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(Source: chromeunboxed.com)
(Source: chromeunboxed.com)

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Allen Ngo, 2018-07-23 (Update: 2018-07-23)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.