The average consumer would pass by this laptop and see nothing but an average computer. In fact, many would go as far as totally dismissing it, but we looked deeper into it and found out it’s a very special apparatus. In fact, it’s a first of a kind in a couple ways.
We didn’t go into too much detail about the functionality of this 11.6-inch Chromebook. After all, it’s simply Chrome OS. Nothing special in the software side. What did impress is what comes inside this innovative laptop.
This is the very first time we see a MediaTek processor in a Chromebook. It’s a MediaTek MT8173 64-bit quad-core SoC, to be exact. This is history, guys. And it’s likely just a reference design, but we now know MediaTek is trying to expand its reach.
To be honest, this makes total sense. MediaTek processors continue to improve and become more powerful, but the real catch here is that Chromebooks don’t need that much power to begin with. And MediaTek processors would definitely cost less than an Intel chip, which would translate to lower retail prices for consumers.
We have recently found out Chromebooks are the next step for MediaTek, which has been in talks with partners in order to make its way into Chromebooks by the end of the year. Will this be one? We doubt it, but MediaTek probably wanted to have this ready so that manufacturers can see what their chips can do.
By the way, this is also the first Chromebook to sport a USB-C connector. I am officially calling Computex 2015 the event of the USB-C boom, but that is a story for later. For now we can tell you we are pretty excited to see what MediaTek can do with Chrome OS devices.