At the ‘Learning With Google’ event a few days ago, lots of new information was given about the work going on behind the scenes regarding Google services for the education sector. Michael undoubtedly covered the biggest changes that happened for both teachers and students in the transition from G Suite for Education to Google Workspace for Education, but there was also some news about new education-focused Chromebooks.
Google launches 40 new Chromebooks on the way, and although they did not really highlight any of the specifications of these new Chromebooks, they did show some of them quickly scrolling past the screen. Some of these Chromebooks are already available, so it is not clear exactly what they meant by “new Chromebooks”
‘Limozeen’ makes an unintentional look
As we all know here, Chromebooks are developed with code names. We often refer to them, and every Chrome OS device has a stupid code name that goes by until it is officially unveiled. For example, we’ve been keeping an eye on ‘Nightfury’ for a year and just learned its real name – Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 – a few months ago.
Similarly, we have tracked ‘Limozeen’ as one of a handful of Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Chromebooks on the horizon. We got hold of one of the others quite early in ‘Lazor’ and strongly expect ‘Coachz’ until it arrives, but these names are just placeholders for development hardware until the Chromebook is ready to make a more public look. Check out what we see 1:10:39 in the video below:
It seems that someone did not pay close attention to one of the upcoming Chromebooks presented in the video, and the code name was dropped just below it. Make no mistake: this Chromebook will certainly not be marketed under the name ‘Limozeen’. It’s simply the Acer Chromebook 511 and will enter the market as such. But at least we all know what this Chromebook development card is meant to be now, right?
With so many Chromebooks coming and such oddball model names so often plaguing these devices, it finally had to happen. For what it’s worth, it’s amazing to see at least one of these Snapdragon 7c Chromebooks being made for students and coming in as a Always connected device with LTE under the hood. Qualcomm obviously makes a lot of processors and SoCs with LTE as part of the equation, so it makes sense to see this option appear for an educational device. We also expect to start seeing LTE versions of upcoming MediaTek devices, as well as the rest of 2021. It’s going to be a very, very fun year.