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"Cheza" might be a Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebook that detaches from its keyboard

In addition to the Snapdragon 845, the "Cheza" Chromebook might feature eSIM and allow you to detach the display from the keyboard base.

Published onJune 25, 2018

Chrome OS logo on a Chromebook.
  • New commits revealed more details about the rumored “Cheza” Chromebook.
  • According to the commits, Cheza might be a detachable machine that supports LTE.
  • Cheza might be one of several Chromebooks that will directly compete with Microsoft’s Always-Connected PCs.

When Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845, we also learned that several Chromebooks with the Qualcomm chipset could appear in the future. One of those Chromebooks, codenamed “Cheza,” recently saw dozens of new commits that could further indicate that the machine is the real deal.

Spotted by About Chromebooks, the commits suggest that Cheza might feature a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display. Flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7 ThinQ feature the Snapdragon 845 and similarly pixel-rich displays, so the processor would handle Cheza’s display.

The commits also mention the word “detachable.” This suggests that you could remove Cheza’s display from a keyboard base, similar to how the existing HP Chromebook x2 works.

Just as significant are references of eSIM support, which would allow Cheza to work on LTE. Very few devices support eSIM, with the exceptions including the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, HUAWEI Watch 2 Pro, and the Apple Watch Series 3.

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What makes eSIM a promising standard is not only its relatively diminutive size when compared to nano-SIM, but the ability to seamlessly change networks. Also, keep in mind that Google’s rumored Project Hermes might be the company’s push to support eSIMs at the system level and provide other companies with the means to support the standard.

Finally, the commits also include USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and DisplayPort references.

Overall, Cheza might be the first of a new wave of Chromebooks that aim to directly compete with Microsoft’s increasing number of “Always Connected PCs” that also feature Qualcomm processors. Let us know in the comments if Cheza looks like something you would use on the daily.

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