Clamshell, convertible or tablet Chromebooks are now available in all shapes and sizes. However, according to a report by Chrome Unboxed, Dell could potentially be working on its own ultra-premium XPS-branded Chromebook.
Rumor has it that Dell is working on at least three new Chromebooks for the upcoming product range in five different form factors such as tablet, clamshell or 2-in-1. One of them could be an XPS device.
With the likelihood that there will be a total of six new devices, each rumored device comes from a specific “card” for which code commits can be found in the open source Chromium repositories. According to the report, these include “Drallion”, “Deltaur” and “Deltan”.
Judging by what is known from the code commits about the hardware, one of these Dell devices could be equipped with 180 and 360 degree hinges. There is also a possibility that one of them may include the new 10th generation Tiger Lake CPUs from Intel. The publication states that since Dell's Inspiron and Enterprise Chromebooks are already well represented in the Dell product range, everything from “Deltaur” to “Drallion” fits what may be applicable to convertible and clamshell XPS Laptops is required.
The report is speculation, but there are a few reasons to believe that an XPS Chromebook could become a reality. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Chromebook, a convertible ultra-premium device. With an all-aluminum construction and an AMOLED display with 4K resolution, Samsung showed that it can transfer the same premium features that are normally associated with a Windows laptop to a Chrome OS device.
Because the XPS product line is known for its carbon-fiber wrist rest, slim bezel display, and sleek features, it makes sense for Dell to take similar measures to put its devices in the spotlight. Of course, there is still the possibility that Dell simply updates existing Chromebooks under the same code name.
Until then, there are still premium Chromebook offers. including the Galaxy Chromebook, Google Pixelbook and even Pixelbook Go. However, there is hope that an XPS Chromebook will soon become popular.