This week at the Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm's Monte Giles expressed an interest in building chips for Chromebooks, provided the operating system moves into the premium market.
Chromebooks are typically sold at low price points, but devices like the Pixel Book, Samsung Chromebook Pro, and similar are being sold at higher price points of $500+. More and kmore Chromebooks are being sold at higher prices with better build quality. Acer's Chromebook 15 for instance, has been retooled with touch and a metal chassis for new users in recent times, and rumours of detachable Chromebooks just won't go away.
Qualcomm is keeping an eye on that market, watching for when Chromebooks move primarily to the $500 and above market. Qualcomm sees more value in the premium market than it does in low-end, which is why it is testing its Snapdragon 845 with Chrome OS rather than the newly announced 700 series, or even lower.
Some might wonder whether ChromeOS needs the power of chips like the Snapdragon 800 series of processors when it typically runs "fine" on low-end hardware. While Chrome OS does perform decently on low-end hardware, there's no denying that the OS has increased the need for higher power output. Google has recently added support for Android apps, some of which use up more RAM and CPU power to run smoothly. The firm is also incorporating support for Linux apps to run in containers later this year.
Qualcomm has already announced support for high-end Windows 10 PCs on ARM, for Chrome OS powered devices, the firm says to "stay" tuned.