The latest rumors, however, point to something many will likely consider more exciting: a high-end Chromebook from Google itself dubbed the Chromebook Pixel.
'4 million pixels'
The rumors began last week with the appearance of a purportedly leaked video on YouTube.
"A new kind of computer, designed entirely by Google," proclaims the narrator of the video, which was apparently created by the mysterious Slinky.Me agency. "Concept video for a 2560x1700 resolution, touch-enabled Chromebook with 4 million pixels" is how the accompanying text describes the device.
Speculation has been running wild since then, of course--tempered at least to some extent by a healthy dose of skepticism, which hasn't been diminished by some additional investigation done by CNET. People have long been seeing "signs" of a Google Chromebook on the horizon.
This week, however, Jan Willem Aldershoff, founder of digital storage community MyCE, claimed to have found evidence in Google's own code pointing to the veracity of this latest round of rumors.
"Google is about to launch a Google branded Chromebook with a 2560×1700 resolution touchscreen and an Ivybridge CPU," wrote Aldershoff in a blog post on Monday. "It also features a back-lit keyboard and LTE support...The specifications are not officially confirmed but are based on research of the Chromium OS source code. We've thoroughly studied it and found many traces of a new Chromebook code referred to as 'Google Link'."
In particular, hidden within the source code for Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are traces of support for HighDPI, Aldershoff noted--something current Chromebooks aren't yet powerful enough to support but that a higher-powered machine could.
Stay tuned for more
Is this mysterious "Google Link" another name for the widely anticipated Chromebook Pixel? And is it really on the way? I've inquired with Google's press team, but (no surprise) haven't yet heard anything back. I'll post an update if and when I do.