Google is Experimenting with a Dual Screen Chromebook

An employee demonstrates a Samsung Electronics Co. Chromebook laptop in the Google Inc. sales area at a Currys and PC World 2 in 1 store, operated by Dixons Retail Plc, on Tottenham Court Road in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. U.K. shop-price inflation slowed in November to the lowest in a year as a supermarket price war curbed food-cost increases, the British Retail Consortium said. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

INTRO: Google’s Chrome OS is a rather versatile operating system. It has been deployed on convertible laptops, laptop-style Chromebooks, and many more devices. Now, it seems Google is experimenting with a new form factor for Chromebooks — dual-screen devices.

According to a report from 9to5Google, the Mountain View giant is working on a new device codenamed Palkia. The device is reportedly internally listed as a dual-screen device. In fact, a code change on the Chromium Gerrit mentions it explicitly as a dual touchscreen device.

“There are two touch screen controllers on the Palkia device. One is on the lid; another is on the base.” reads the description for a code change.

 dual-touchscreen Chromebooks

This could mean a couple of things. One possibility is a Chromebooks that has a regular touchscreen, and another one on the outside. This sounds interesting. However, according to 9to5Google, the code for Palkia has tablet mode disabled. Yet another guess for what Palkia is can be taken from other laptops with similar designs.

Take into consideration the Asus ZenBook Duo Pro that we showcased on our YouTube channel as well. That device has a regular display and another one above the keyboard. Kind of like a big and actually useful TouchBar.

Obviously, these are all guesses at this point, and we can’t say for certain what Google is planning with Palkia. However, one thing is certain at this moment. The device will not be available to purchase. The code for the device mentions that Palkia is not an OEM device. That means we shouldn’t expect any Chromebooks makers to bring this form factor to the market. At least not just yet.


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