ASUS could also be ready to tread the place Lenovo has gone earlier than with a brand new Chrome OS pill, full with kickstand and keyboard cowl. Intelligence means that the so-called Chromebook Flip gadget might have almost the identical spec footprint as final yr’s Duet. And in reality, the few spots the place issues differ, this new pill might come out larger and higher.

The photographs we’re sharing right here and spec traces come from German retailer Saturn as picked up by Chrome Unboxed — that publication suggests different sources have additional info — and so they inform a wierd story.

The so-called CM3000 — apparently, it comes below codename Saturn — makes use of MediaTek’s MT8183 processor which itself is just about a reheated model of the Lenovo Duet’s Helio P60T in that they primarily each sport 4 Arm Cortex-A73 cores and 4 A53 cores with all of them able to most clock of 2GHz.

The display screen diagonal positive aspects 0.4″ with no change in decision, nevertheless it does end in a bigger general footprint and extra mass. ASUS additionally discovered that it might afford a 3.5mm audio jack right here and has designed the keyboard cowl with its soft-touch cloth floor to magnetically connect to the pill — like Microsoft’s Floor convertibles do and in contrast to the Lenovo Duet. The one sore spot for the CM3000 is again with the show as its high brightness of 320 nits appears to underperform in opposition to the Duet’s 400 nits.

In any other case, the remainder of the sheet traces up.

We’re rather less certain about Chrome Unboxed’s inclusion of this image in its media bundle which means that the pill comes with a silo for an included stylus, particularly as one of many Saturn-hosted indirect profile pictures features a clear view of the whole high fringe of gadget with no port seen the place the pen could be. That stated, we’re not foreclosing the likelihood {that a} stylus would have a becoming residence on the keyboard cowl and be included with sale.

As it’s, Saturn has floated a value of €449 as a placeholder, however when you think about {that a} similarly-loaded Lenovo Duet offered for $279 at launch, we expect that is greatest left open to dialogue.