Google has revealed a new addition towards the Chrome family by means of the Chromebit. Made by Asus, the Google Chromebit will be able to turn any TV or display with an HDMI port into a full-blown Chrome OS PC. lt’s portable, too, with Google claiming it’s “smaller than a candy bar”. Nonetheless, unlike the Google Chromecast dongle, the Chromebit’s HDMI connecter can swivel round therefore it does not stick away the back of your TV, giving it a periscope – like shape. This will be particularly useful if your television is mounted towards the wall.
The Google Chromebit is driven by a Rockchip RK3288 SoC, a quad-core ARM Mali 760 GPU and 2GB of RAM, and has now 16GB of eMMC memory, a USB port, Wi-Fi 802.l1ac and support for Bluetooth Smart prepared products. Little else is famous about the device right now, including its battery life, but Google says the latter remains being tested in the lab. It will launch into the US this summer in blue, silver or orange and can cost less than $100. A UK launch date and price has yet to be announced.
Google also announced a new range of Chromebooks, such as the Asus Chromebook Flip. Much like Lenovo’s Yoga laptops and N2Op Chromebook, the Chromebook Flip can fold by 50 percent, allowing you to use it as a tablet in addition to a normal Chromebook. lts1O.’lin touchscreen has a 1,280×800 quality, making it slightly smaller than the Lenovo N2Op, nonetheless it stands to be much more attractive thanks to its all-metal aluminium chassis, which measures just 15mm dense and weighs significantly less than 1kg. Inside, the Chromebook Flip gets the same quad-core 2.0GHz Rockchip RK3288 CPU because the Chromebit, 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It will be available in the US for S249, but Google has yet to announce UK pricing.