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Chromebit

Chromebit
Manufacturer Asus; Google
Introduced 31 March 2015
Cost less than US$100
Connection Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Ports HDMI, USB

A Chromebit is a dongle running Google's Chrome OS operating system. When placed in the HDMI slot on a television or monitor, the device turns that display into a personal computer.

Functionality

A Chromebit turns a display with an HDMI port into a desktop variant of the Chromebook laptop, which runs Google's Chrome OS operating system. Chrome OS primarily supports a single application, a web browser, thereby relying heavily on an Internet connection for software functionality and data storage. The first Chromebits are manufactured by Asus and are expected to ship in mid-2015.[1]

Chromebits have a superficial resemblance to the Chromecast, another Google device. But whereas the Chromecast is designed to display video and still images on a television or other large-screen display, the Chromebit is a self-contained personal computer.[1] The device will compete against the Intel Compute Stick, which offers similar plug-in functionality using two other operating systems, Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu.[2][3]

Technology

Internally, the first Chromebit resembles a standard Chromebook laptop.[4] The device features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as a USB 2.0 port at one end. The other end swivels, enabling it to fit into a variety of HDMI slots.[1]

Models

Available Brand Model Processor RAM Storage Size
mid 2015 Asus Asus Chromebit Rockchip RK3288 2 GB 16 GB

References

  1. ^ a b c Hollister, Sean (March 31, 2015). "Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into a Chrome PC for Under $100". Gizmodo. 
  2. ^ Kessler, Derek (March 31, 2015). "Google Chromebit packs an entire Chrome OS computer into an HDMI stick". androidcentral. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Intel® Compute Stick". Intel. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  4. ^ Bell, Karissa (March 31, 2015). "Google debuts the Chromebit, a Chromebook dongle for under $100". Mashable.