'Atlas' may be the world's first Chromebook with a 4K display

As excellent of a device as the Pixelbook is, there's one thing it doesn't have – a 4K display. In fact, there's never been a Chromebook with a screen resolution that crisp. As disappointing as that's been over the years, our luck is finally turning around.

Originally spotted by Redditor -nbsp-, a commit in the Chromium Gerrit references a device called "Atlas." Atlas is expected to be an upcoming Chromebook, and it's listed in the Gerrit as having a display resolution of 3840 x 2160 (aka, 4K).

Unfortunately, aside from that, there's not much else to see. We know don't what processor Atlas will have, what it'll look like, when it'll be released, or even which company is making it. All we know is that it'll have a 4K screen, but I'm sure for some of you that'll be reason enough on its own to get excited.

I personally don't have any issue with the 2400 x 1600 panel on the Pixelbook, but there's no doubt that having those extra pixels would certainly be nice for watching videos that support the higher resolution.

What else are you hoping to see with Atlas aside from the 4K display?

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • When are the notches going to appear on chromebooks? I suppose when Apple does it with the macbook.
  • Wow so insightful.
  • He's probably right though, we should probably look forward to notched notebook displays in the next couple of years. A lot of people complain about that bottom bezel on the XPS 15...
  • Hmm, pretty good, but I'll wait for "P-Body".
  • What else? A 16:9 aspect ratio, a removable touchscreen panel and 15-17 inches. Yes, I want the ultimate, portable, streaming media device... Think movable tv screen for anywhere in a house that I could also do work on. However, a 4k display isn't for web browsing or document work, it's for media viewing so none of this 3:2 or 4:3 crap for document work (and I do love my 3:2 Chromebook Plus). Just my .02
  • The scaling feature in Chrome OS lets you see the web and documents in a normal size while still being able to take advantage of the high resolution for media...you won't notice anything wrong.
  • There is virtually no content for 4K displays. Zero. Unless a few Netflix movies is your thing... Other than being able to see 4K photos you take with a smartphone photo a little sharper.... Everything online is 1080. So... You end up running the battery down harder... And don't really gain anything. Ie. Same as using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone right now.
  • 4k isn't that great for laptops honestly. I prefer the 3:2 of the Samsung plus and pro.
  • Chromebooks suck.... Period