After releasing the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro last year, it seems that Samsung is developing a new detachable Chrome OS laptop.
In November, Chrome Unboxed reported on a Samsung Chromebook device in development. It’s code-named “Nautilus,” and it’s a detachable model.
More recently, the publication found a commit in the Chromium Gerrit confirming a few “Nautilus” specs. Here’s the relevant description:
imx258: Add imx258 camera sensor PO driver
VIDEO_IMX258 is added to Kconfig for this new component for camera sensor. It will enable this sensor in kernel, so the component used on samsung nautilus project could have the mipi camera support. RAW image dump is supported in this PO version.
The commit makes it clear that “Nautilus” will have a camera module with Sony’s IMX258 sensor, an 13MP Exmor RS 1/3.06-inch sensor with 1.1 micron pixels. It’s in the LG G6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, and other smartphones, and its full list of specifications can be found here.
Just because the “Nautilus” will have Sony’s IMX258 sensor doesn’t mean it’ll take great photos or video, of course. Software is equally important as hardware, and the Chrome OS camera app isn’t particularly well-suited for taking photos or videos — something which would need to be rectified in time for the device’s release.
Still, the sensor’s an enormous increase in resolution over current Chromebooks. No Chromebook on the market uses a camera with a resolution higher than 720p.
As of now, the device’s release time frame remains a mystery, but we’ll keep an eye out for more information.