“Nocturne” to be a Chrome OS detachable with high-res display and fingerprint reader

The HP Chromebook X2 shown above will likely be the first Chrome OS detachable to hit the market in June but there’s a similar device on the way. A new Chrome OS board dubbed “Nocturne” appeared this month, indicating work is underway on the next Chromebook with detachable display.

There aren’t yet many Chrome OS code commits for the new board so clearly this project is just getting started. Here’s what I’ve been able to find so far on the details for Nocturne:

Since it’s so early in the product cycle, other details are scarce but I’ll be keeping any eye out as Nocturne development continues. I’m not yet sure if Nocturne will be from a third-party hardware partner or is the next iteration in Google’s Chromebook hardware cycle. Note too that device specifications and features often change throughout the design process, so consider these details subject to change.

Regardless, it’s great to see that we won’t be limited to just Chrome OS tablets like the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10, expected to launch in May; aside from Nocturne, we know about Atlas and its 4K removable display as well. These devices are likely geared more towards content consumption instead of creation due to the lack of an integrated keyboard base.

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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One thought on ““Nocturne” to be a Chrome OS detachable with high-res display and fingerprint reader

  1. I am looking looking for hp chromebook x2. Contacred with HP(today), they says that they had backlit keyboard in this device. I just need backlit keyboard on this device. Preety messed up with that HP and internet says which is totally different. What to do???
    Also, Is there any clue when soon HP nocturne will be release in future. Hoping for best response. Thanx in advance

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