Google continues to push its own digital platform, Chrome OS, into more devices as it has just announced the new Chromebit. It?s a cheap but powerful dongle that transforms a TV into a fully functioning Chrome OS computer.
The search giant actually unveiled a handful of devices including budget Chromebooks from Haier and HiSense (available now for $149 each) as well as a 360-degree convertible laptop from Asus called Chromebook Flip. However, what got our attention the most is the candy bar-sized Chromebit.
If you love Chrome OS and you?re tired of carrying bulky Chromebook machines around, you?ll probably want to keep a Chromebit in your pocket instead since there?s almost always a television set in your living room, bedroom, and office. ?The gadget packs a full Chromebook experience into an HDMI dongle. All you need to do is plug it straight into a TV’s spare HDMI port.
This Asus-made technology has all the necessary specs of a standard Chromebook–2 GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, Rockchip 3200 processor–all squeezed inside the tiny body of a device that?s closer in size to a Chromecast dongle. The company mentioned that it will cost less than a hundred bucks when it lands on physical and digital store shelves this summer, though the exact pricing and release date aren?t clear yet.
Google?s minuscule computer is equipped with two ports: an HDMI and a USB 2.0. The latter is used to connect peripherals like a mouse or keyboard as well as to power the device itself. The former is used to connect it to an external display. In a setup like this, it would be advisable (and more aesthetically pleasing) if the keyboard and mouse is connected via Bluetooth since the Chromebit also has Bluetooth connectivity.
Not exactly a new idea
As tech site Gizmodo cleverly points out, this isn?t an entirely original idea. Intel already recently announced its own $150 HDMI dongle called Intel Compute Stick. Several Chinese companies have also been offering Android-based HDMI sticks that?s powered by the same Rockchip RK3288 processor.
However, to most Google enthusiast that doesn?t make the new Asus Chromebit any less remarkable. It comes in various colors, it?s set to be cheaper than its competitors, it?s portable, and most importantly, it leverages Google?s reputation of delivering simple but efficient computing experience via the Chrome OS.
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