Google has announced a pocket-sized computer that can turn any HDMI display into a fully functioning personal computer. The device, manufactured by Asus called the Chromebit, it has functionality of a Chromebook notebook into a HDMI Stick.
The Asus Chromebit is a tiny computer-on-a-stick that you can plug into a monitor or TV to turn it into a Chrome PC. Naturally, the Chromebit will run on the Chrome OS, allowing users to access the plethora of web-based Google software and applications on any monitor. Let’s look at the specifications of the Asus Chromebit:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3288-C quad core Cortex A17 processor with ARM Mali-T764 GPU.
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Storage – 16 GB eMMC Flash Storage
- Video Output – HDMI
- Connectivity – Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 2×2 (MIMO) a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Power – 5V via micro USB port
- Dimensions – N/A
- Weight – N/A
It’s expected to launch this summer, in orange, blue and grey for under $100 (around $60), and Google and Asus are positioning the Chromebit as a solution for schools or businesses, although I suspect retail customers will be able to pick one up as well. Google and Asus will be going up against the Intel Computer Stick which, for $150, runs Windows 8.1.
Source: Trusted Reviews