We’ve posted quite a bit about ‘Kevin’ and made a few assumptions based on the commits in the past. One of those assumptions was the fact that it looked apparent that ‘Kevin’ will be a 360-degree, convertible device. While we hadn’t seen any hard evidence for this, it seemed likely.
Looks like those waiting patiently for news of a true, detachable tablet will need to keep waiting. It looks like ‘Kevin’ will in fact be a 360-degree convertible device. This latest bit of info comes courtesy of this commit, viewable here: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/373042/
In it you can clearly read:
Add Tablet mode switch support to prevent lid close event to be sent when lid is at 360 degree and reduce wifi power in tablet mode.
So, there it is in black and white. ‘Kevin’ will be a convertible, not detachable, device.
For some, this comes as a dashed hope for the first ‘true’ Chrome OS tablet. And, understandably, I’m a bit bummed as well. I’m unsure what it is about desiring to see a true Chrome OS tablet, but the desire is real. For now, we’ll keep waiting for that device and, instead, get more excited for whatever ‘Kevin’ ends up being!
[the image in this post IS NOT Kevin and only serves as a placeholder for a thin, light, 360-degree-hinged device we hope Kevin will look like]