Chromebooks often rank among the best laptops in our testing, offering a great blend of portability, speed, and ease-of-use while remaining pretty cheap.
And that's just it: Chromebooks have a lot of virtues but can often feel a little underpowered in comparison to the best Windows laptops and the MacBook Air, especially with Apple's own chips.
All that might be about to change, however, according to a new report (opens in new tab) from Chrome Unboxed, which suggests Chromebooks are about to get a pretty huge upgrade in the GPU department.
It's fair to say that not many Chromebooks rank among the best gaming laptops and with good reason: gaming hardware is very specific and uses a lot of power. Neither of these things are conducive to a lightweight, long-life laptop.
But the report from Chrome Unboxed suggests that the next generation of Chromebooks, equipped with Steam, could change that by pairing up Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake CPU and Nvidia's GPU.
Described as "Agah" within snippets of Chrome OS code, which seems to have been in the works for some time. There has never been a Chromebook with a powerful GPU capable of playing AAA titles, so this would mark a pretty significant shift.
Evidence suggests that HP might be on hand to provide the hardware, hopefully in the mould of the excellent HP Pro C640 Chromebook, which we rated as the best premium Chromebook around.
We doubt that the Nvidia GPU is going to the GeForce RTX 3080 or anything close, so don't get your hopes up for 60fps gaming, but for more casual titles, things are looking pretty great.
In terms of the release date, we'd expect to see these Nvidia-powered Chromebooks sometime in 2023, which is when Steam for Chrome OS – currently only in alpha preview – is expected to launch.
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