Chrome OS has landed on the all-in-one, desktops, laptops, tablets, and a host of other form factors. If there is recent evidence, it appears that Google is preparing to bring Chrome OS to dual-touchscreen Chromebooks.
Major manufacturers have been experimenting with dual-screen tablets and laptops in recent years. ASUS has already made its dual-screen Windows laptop nickname the ZenBook Duo Pro to the public, while Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10X, which was originally intended for dual-screen devices like the company’s Surface Neo tablet.
Not surprisingly, Google has been developing a Chrome OS device, codenamed “Palkia.” According to its internal listing, the device will come with two touchscreens and a touchpad. This is evident in the description of the code change, where a developer points out the location of the chips that control each screen.
An explanation of this description suggests that Palkia has an internal touchscreen like the one we usually see in a foldable Chromebook, along with an external one that will be visible when closed. The code implies that Palkia comes with a tablet mode, and useful hardware sensors are disabled.
This implies that the new device is more likely to be a cover-only device, rather than a convertible or tablet. When combined, all interpretations suggest that this dual-touch screen Chromebook might bear a striking resemblance to the ASUS ZenBook Duo Pro, but features a second, smaller screen located under the hinge.
If you wonder when you will be able to hold the device in your hands, you will be disappointed. The code-named Palkia dual-screen Chromebook appears to be a prototype/experiment, rather than a product you can buy soon. It appears the tech giant is gearing up for the future of Chromebooks with more than one touchscreen, following in the footsteps of Windows laptops that offer a second built-in screen. It will be interesting to see how the Chrome OS team handles the second screen once the hardware support is fully functional.