Chromebook with Detachable Backlit Keyboard and Fingerprint Scanner Coming

The device codenamned 'Nocturne' will feature a detachable keyboard which is also backlit

Detachable Chromebooks are not a new phenomenon. The popular HP Chromebook X2 was the first Chromebook to feature a detachable keyboard. But recently, a commit on the Chromium Gerrit suggests that the first Chromebook with a detachable backlit keyboard might be coming.

Gerrit is a free, web-based code collaboration tool. The Chromium Gerrit is where the Chrome OS code can be found. A recent contribution to the Chromium Gerrit reveals interesting details of this Chromebook with a detachable backlit keyboard.


The Chromebook codenamed ‘Nocturne’, will bring an interesting combination never seen before on Chromebooks. A detachable backlit keyboard is definitely the defining feature of Nocturne. Backlit keyboards might not seem like that big a deal, but can be very important in certain situations. It’s better to have it than to not, anyway.

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According to a report by AboutChromebooks, a few other details of the Chromebook have also been revealed. The screen resolution will be 2400 x 1600, same as the Google Pixel. It will also be one of the few devices of its kind to sport a fingerprint scanner. The commit reveals that the processor will be Intel Skylake, but that is subject to change in future releases.

This set of specifications reveals that this Chromebook is set to join the line-up of premium Chromebooks.

New Chromebooks Set To Be Released

Chromebooks are getting better every year, with manufacturers innovating with hardware on Chrome OS. With Android apps and the rumoured future compatibility of Linux apps, Chromebooks are set to acquire a stable position in the PC market.

A Chromebook running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 (codenamed cheza) has been spotted in commits in the Chromium Gerrit. Similarly, we can also look forward to a Chromebook powered by AMD-APU. This is exciting because this would mean that serious gaming would become a possibility on Chromebooks.

Chromebooks started out being low-powered, cheap laptops with good battery life focused on students. Now, with different Chromebooks experimenting with touchscreens and stylus and powerful processors, they might become useful for a whole host of other pursuits. There is hence plenty to look forward to in the future of Chromebooks.

Nishant Kauntia
Nishant is a tech-enthusiast, and keeps experimenting with new apps and tweaks on his Chromebook and Android smartphone. Innovative user-experience developments fascinate him. Apart from keeping a keen eye out for updates in the tech industry, Nishant is interested in Philosophy and Creative Writing.

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