Chromebooks are no longer niche gadgets. The pandemic has brought these laptops back into the limelight as more people want a device that helps them work, teach and learn remotely. As more people buy these Chromebooks, they also find that these are very versatile and ideal gadgets. Sure, power users and gamers still swear by Windows machines, but for those who spend most of their time online, ChromeOS’ browser-focused and cloud-based approach is game-changing.
Besides the software aspect, it is the hardware that enables these Chromebooks to facilitate the software user experience. Leading chipmaker MediaTek recently refreshed its Kompanio lineup to offer solutions for building premium Chromebook laptops. The Mediatech Company 1380 and MediaTek Kompanio 1200 are two such processors that allow device makers to create powerful offerings with fanless designs, large batteries, and thin and light shells. Here’s why you should be excited about it Chromebooks powered by MediaTek Kompanio.
A gap that Chromebooks fill
Those looking to buy laptops are usually faced with two choices – choose a Windows machine or choose a premium MacBook. While professionals swear by their MacBooks, people in most other professions have no choice but to go for Windows laptops that fit their budgets. Since the advent of Chromebooks, there is a third option. And as mentioned earlier, this is evident during the pandemic. Many working professionals and students are realizing that their work and studies are done in a browser and are increasingly opting for Chromebooks.
Ensuring users can easily run heavy workloads or multitask, the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 and Kompanio 1200 feature an octa-core chip comprising four ARM Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 3GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz. This kind of powerful processing makes them ideal for providing a dynamic user experience. And having an ARM Mali G57 GPU means great visuals and graphics in the Android games you can play on these machines. Chipsets balance performance with power efficiency Built using TSMC’s 6nm process.
Impressive multimedia skills
Both these chips are intended for premium Chromebook laptops and will apparently support 4K displays. Furthermore, the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 can support dual 4K 60Hz HDR displays or dual 2.5K 120Hz panels, giving brands a wide variety of sizes and resolution options to choose from.
Not only that; They also support 7.1 surround sound audio and in-chip 4K HDR video decoding, including AV1 hardware decoding. This means that streaming movies and TV shows on such Chromebooks will be a richer and more immersive experience.
Incredible battery life
Did you know that Chromebooks have much longer battery life than regular Windows laptops? Most of them can last up to 12 hours without needing to be connected to an adapter. Because ChromeOS is a lightweight operating system that doesn’t demand a lot of resources. To add to this, chips like MediaTek Kompanio 1380 and MediaTek Kompanio 1200 offer power-saving capabilities. What this means is that you can go through a whole day of meetings with Chromebooks powered by these SoCs without needing to carry a charger.
The benefit of a Chromebook
One of the biggest advantages of owning Chromebooks is that they are extremely thin and light. They offer fanless designs, run on minimal hardware, offer flash memory, and are overall very compact.
The best part is that these benefits don’t mean there are any compromises in terms of performance. Along with powerful processing capabilities, both the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 and Kompanio 1200 come with advanced AI capabilities, with speeds of up to 4.8 TOPs (tera operations per second). Their integrated MediaTek APUs can deliver up to 8x more performance than mainstream Chromebook chips. Manufacturers can leverage the power of these APUs to enable a variety of voice and vision-based applications such as voice ID recognition, voice control, speech and image recognition, speech-to-text, live translation, background removal and more.
No wonder the use of Chromebooks is on the rise. They are obviously great options for those whose jobs involve video calls and browsing the internet for long periods of time. Teachers and students can also use these laptops a lot, but those who only use laptops for streaming content, browsing their social media accounts and playing casual games have a lot to look forward to in a Chromebook. Thanks to premium chipsets like the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 and Kompanio 1200, OEMs can offer cutting-edge Chromebooks that cater to the diverse needs of prospective buyers.