Chrome OS should have been Google’s ticket back into the tablet and productivity world.
Indeed, its Pixel Slate announcement was filled with rhetoric about how real computers have real desktop browsers.
But while the Pixel Slate fared mostly fine in early reviews when it came to the hardware, there was were some lingering doubts about its overall utility.
The uncertainty and doubt might not be over for the platform if its first Snapdragon-powered Chromebook, the one codenamed “cheza”, is as terrible as these first benchmark scores seem to imply.
By no means would Cheza be the first ARM-based Chrome OS device.
Google’s other OS has long been running on such chips, mostly from Rockchip, even before Chromebooks started using Intel’s low-end processors.