Samsung to join in with Sony. Well, not literally, but in terms of its Chromebook features. Now, Samsung is not any stranger to this Chromebook scene and the followup to its already popular Chromebook Pro and Plus, code-named as Nautilus, would have a Sony IMX258 camera on board, according to a code commit targeted to the upcoming Chromebook.
Further, this commit specifically refers to the camera, emphasizing on the fact that it would support video and even still photos in RAW format.
Here it is also worth noting that this camera is the same one found on the LG G6 and the Essential PH-1, and this definitely marks a significant step up in the world of Chromebook cameras. Also, it is not just any coincidence that such a sensor is making its Chrome OS debut on a detachable platform. This is where one could conceivably take the tablet along for an adventure and take some nice photos, then return home and use a keyboard and trackpad to retouch those photos. As a side note, though it was all but confirmed before, the language in the commit makes it extremely clear that Nautilus is a Samsung product.
Another very interesting thing to note here is that the IMX258 is commonly used in dual camera setups, which further refers that Nautilus might as well sport dual cameras. Also, even without dual cameras, it’s one of the best setups for mobile devices currently on the market. On top of that, Samsung is no stranger to configuring and using Sony’s sensors in its devices, as the flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have used Sony cameras in some variants.
To be clear, not much is known about Nautilus just now. Initially, it was first spotted back in October as an Intel Kaby Lake detachable of some sort, and since then more information has gradually come down the pipeline. However, still, now it is not known what Kaby Lake processor is or how much RAM it would have, what type of screen it would have, or how big the battery would be. Now, that which vendors and employees to watch for news on Nautilus has been revealed, it would become much easier to track this particular device as development continues. Though it hasn’t been in development long, it may end up making a showing at this year’s CES, since its predecessors, the aforementioned Chromebook Plus and Pro, did just that kind of a thing in 2017.