A report from ChromeUnboxed claims that Google is working on a new Chromebook laptop that would compete with similar devices from rivals Apple and Microsoft.
The site scanned public comments from Chrome OS developers, and found that a device codenamed “Eve” is in the works.
The machine could be a successor to Google’s own Chromebook Pixel 2, which was discontinued almost a year ago, but other manufacturers could have a hand in its development as well.
The report suggests that Eve will sport top-of-the-line components, which have not been common on Chrome OS devices outside of Google’s own Chromebook Pixels.
Evidence points towards a 2400 x 1600 display with 3:2 aspect ratio — the same one Chromebook Pixels use — a backlit keyboard, support for a stylus and, according to The Verge, even one of Intel’s Kaby Lake processors.
Again, this is all stuff you would find on devices such as Apple’s MacBooks and iPad Pros or Microsoft’s Surface lineup more than Chromebooks, which tend to be lower-end machines.
There are other similarities that ChromeUnboxed spotted: Eve should also have both support for a fingerprint reader and a “Wake on Voice” (always listening) feature to trigger the Google Assistant, which may even have its own dedicated key.
Apple brought Siri to the Mac last year, while Microsoft has had Cortana sit alongside the Windows key since Windows 10 first arrived.
A move like this would push Google’s Assistant on even more devices, in addition to select Android phones and, perhaps more prominently, the iPhone, as of last month.
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