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Samsung reportedly working on a new Chromebook with S-Pen in tow

Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch a new detachable Chromebook codenamed “Nautilus,” which will come with a stowable stylus.
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December 29, 2017
TL;DR
  • Upcoming detachable Chromebook from Samsung will come with an S-Pen
  • Development started in September so unlikely to debut at CES

According to Chrome Unboxed, Samsung is preparing to launch a new detachable Chromebook codenamed “Nautilus,” which will come with a stowable stylus.

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It’s been almost a year since Samsung announced the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. Sporting an aluminium body with a high-resolution touchscreen, the Plus and the Pro redefined what sub-$600 Chromebooks can offer. On top of that, they both came with Samsung’s now-iconic stylus, the S-Pen. Now, the latest report claims that riding the success of those two laptops, Samsung is preparing to launch yet another Chromebook with S-Pen.

Chrome Unboxed first reported on the existence of Nautilus back in November: a yet-to-be-announced Kaby Lake-powered Chromebook which had the name Jongpil Jung in its repositories. The same name was attached to “Kevin” and “Caroline,” codenames for the Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus respectively, indicating that Nautilus is most likely to be a Samsung-made device as well.

Now, there is even more evidence confirming that the upcoming Nautilus Chromebook is manufactured by Samsung. The online publication states that the commit from Nautilus shows the following:

Nautilus has a PEN_EJECT signal that is routed to 2 CPU GPIO pins:
B19: We need an input driver to use this to emit SW_PEN_INSERTED event. (This patch enables the B19 usecase).
B21: This is used for wakeup (configured by ACPI)
Kevin uses gpio-keys driver to do this but the driver only understands device trees or platform data. Hence we instantiate the gpio-keys with the platform data.
BUG=b:71329519
TEST=Verify that the “stylus tools” menu gets launched when I eject the pen on nautilus.

“PEN_EJECT,” “stylus tools,” and references to Kevin all indicate that Nautilus is indeed from Samsung and that it’ll feature a stowable S-Pen, similar to the Plus and the Pro. The development for Nautilus began back in September, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see it at CES this January, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more about this upcoming Chromebook.