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April 1, 2015

ASUS Chromebit ─ Good things come in small packages

Asus-Chromebit-1Google’s family of Chrome devices just received an addition namely the Chromebit from ASUS. Now the family of Chromebooks, Chromebox, Chromecast, Chromebase extends to include the Chromebit.

Today Google / ASUS announced a new device in the Chrome device family: the Chromebit.

It’s not that much bigger than the some flash-drives. But inside it’s a fully fledged Chrome OS PC packed into a HDMI dongle.

The Asus  Chromebit is roughly the length of a finger, the Chromebit will be powered by a Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, and have 16GB of eMMC flash storage. it will connect to the Internet via 802.11ac Wi-Fi (both 2.4 and 5Ghz), and will have Bluetooth 4.0 BR/EDR/LE for connecting to peripherals such as keyboards and mice.

The Chromebit, which Google / ASUS say will be available to buy later this year, was unveiled alongside a host of new low-cost Chromebooks at a press event this week.
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Google believe the Chromebit will retail for under $100 when it goes on sale this summer,so we suspect around the £80-£100 mark in the UK, and be available in a range of different colours.

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The Chromebit comes with a swivelling HDMI port on one end  for connecting to an external display, a Micro USB port on the side for power and, a full-sized USB port for attaching keyboard, mice and other extras though with on-board Bluetooth this won’t be necessary for some.

Google is reported to be pointing the Chromebit for use in internet cafes, trains, buses etc.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini