We’re coming close to the end of details we can muster up on the latest Chromebook tablet in production that is powered by the Snapdragon 7c: ‘Coachz’. We’ve already unearthed the QHD 3:2 11-inch display, the Apple Pencil-like external wireless-charging USI pen, and the fact that we could see both wireless and reverse wireless charging on this tablet. But one key thing remains unknown in the equation. Who is making it?
While we don’t know this with 100% assurance, there’s a new commit that has surfaced that gives us a really good hint at who is behind the very-appealing ‘Coachz’ tablet. If we check out the language in the following commit, it seems a bit ho-hum at first glance:
Coachz: support battery GH02047XL
support battery GH02047XLvia the Chromium Respositories
Looking a bit deeper, however, it becomes pretty clear that the battery GH02047XL is made for HP devices. As a matter of fact, nearly all search results for this model number come up with HP attached to them. On this particular battery replacement site, under the ‘where used’ tab, the entire list is populated with HP Chromebooks. Not just HP laptops. Chromebooks.
Again, this doesn’t 100% mean that ‘Coachz’ is an HP product, but it certainly looks that way. After all, HP had pretty solid success with their first detachable Chromebook in the HP Chromebook x2 and we’ve heard many times over the years that people wanted a follow up to that popular device. While ‘Coachz’ looks to be far more tablet focused with its size and kickstand layout (the HP x2 had a clamshell base), it’s nice to know that HP is already pretty familiar with detachable Chrome OS devices, so we’re not looking at a device made by a company who’s never dealt with this form factor before.
We’ll continue digging for more clues about ‘Coachz’ in the coming weeks and hope that early in 2021 we’ll hear about it actually being prepped for the masses. While this particular device didn’t begin development until September, we have to remember that the baseboard it is branched from (‘Trogdor’) has been around for quite some time. Sure, there are hardware intricacies to line up, but many of the board-level pieces should already be in place for a spring launch window. We’ll anxiously be waiting for it.