Google’s New Chromebit; An HDMI Dongle That Turns TVs Into Chromebooks
Google’s latest kind of Chrome OS computers comes packed inside a nifty dongle that you can plug into your HDMI-equipped display, and turn it into a Chromebook. The device dubbed Chromebit comes at less than $100, and you can simply plug it into your TV and have a full computer. Google came up with the Chromebit after partnering with ASUS, and it can be used on virtually any HDMI display.
The Chromebit comes come with the following features. A Rockchip RK3288 (fully equipped with a quad-core Mali 760 graphics), 2GB RM, 16GB solid state storage, 2×2 dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and one USB 2.0 port on the rear.
The Chromebit will not give you the most powerful computing power on your TV, but it is good enough to give your sufficient resources to operate the browser-based OS. Google is targeting small businesses and third-world consumers given the dongles affordability and easy manageability.
However, Google is not the first company to turn a TV into a PC via the HDMI dongle. Intel tried the same with the Intel Compute Stick that sells at about $150 and comes with full Windows 8.1 on board. A number of Chinese companies too have deployed their own Android HDMI dongle-computers that have been in the market for close to a year now.
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