ASUS and Google together announced a computer stick Chromebit which can turn any display into a computer. Chromebit is a small candy shaped Chrome based device and is priced somewhere around hundred U.S dollars.
Asus Chromebit features
Asus Chromebit is a cute stick and is smaller than a candy bar, it is a tiny PC, but it is a complete Chrome PC. This portable Chrome OS based device comes in three different colors, blue, grey and orange. Other salient features of the Asus Chromebit include Rockchip 3288 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 16 GB solid state drive, 2GB RAM, and USB 2.0 port. Users can connect this tiny Chrome based device to a desktop monitor or a TV via HDMI which gives an instant access to Chrome OS along with all its features.
Katie Roberts-Hoffman, Engineer from Google Chrome Team said, “It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses. So whether you’re looking for a smaller Chrome device that packs a big punch or a laptop that can do back bends, there’s a Chromebook for you…and for everyone else, too.”
This is, however, not the first computer releases in the form of a dongle, Microsoft recently released PC-on-a-stick dongle and Intel announced Intel Compute Stick, both of these computer sticks run Windows 8.1. This PC-on-a-stick from Microsoft comes with a microSD card slot which supports up to 64GB of storage and comes with an HDMI cable as well. Intel Compute Stick, on the other hand, is powered by Intel Bay Trail Z3735F quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage that can be expandable using microSD card slot.
As posted in the Google Chrome Blog, Asus Chromebit will hit the market shelves in coming summers with a price tag of $100.