It wasn’t long ago that the ASUS Detachable Chromebook CM3 came and became the main real competition to the very-popular Lenovo Chromebook Duet. Whilst we still don’t know exactly which Chromebook the ASUS CM3 is, I have a compelling suspicion that it is ‘Kakadu’ merely because that baseboard was the only 1 we’ve been tracking that’s got the features necessary to become a easily-removed Chromebook tablet with a MediaTek MT8183 inside it. Well, until now that is.
Entered into the very Chromium Gerrit just a couple painless ago (December 29th, actually), ‘Katsu’ looks to be a h2o and copy of ‘Kakadu’ : presumably the ASUS Completely removable Chromebook CM3 – by changes here and there.
Most notably, as the ASUS CM3 looks be rolling out making use of larger 10. 5-inch browser versus the Lenovo Duet’s 11. 1-inch panel, ‘Katsu’ is actually a return to form with what attempts be a similar 10. 1-inch form factor being added and as a consequence tested alongside the same 10. 5-inch BOE panel that is active on ‘Kakadu’ (the ASUS CM3). Which panel will be able to ultimately ship for this device? We’re unsure right now.
Apart from this, we don’t know a whole lot about the finer details of ‘Katsu’ at this point save one thing: it seems an 8GB variant may be in play. With these MediaTek MT8183 tablets clearly aiming towards the lower end of the price spectrum, it has been understood that all of them would ship with only 4GB of RAM. However, ‘Katsu’ may buck this trend by offering up an 8GB RAM variation and is already being tested with this added memory in place.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on ‘Katsu’ in the next few months for sure. With boards based on ‘Kukui’, you have to remember the hardware manufacturers have a bit of a head start on things as this baseboard has been in production for a long, long time. With all that development time and progress already finished up, it becomes far simpler to connect the hardware and software pieces that are needed to get a product out the door. While we likely won’t see ‘Katsu’ in a few weeks, it is completely realistic that we could see it roll out before the end of Q2. Again, we’ll be keeping an eye on this one, so stay tuned.