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The ASUS Chromebit is a computer on a stick priced at less than $100
The ASUS Chromebit is a computer on a stick priced at less than $100
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The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a premium Chromebook with an all-metal body and reversible hinge
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The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a premium Chromebook with an all-metal body and reversible hinge
The ASUS Chromebit is a computer on a stick priced at less than $100
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The ASUS Chromebit is a computer on a stick priced at less than $100
The Haier Chromebook 11 is a 11.6-inch Chrome OS device for those on a budget
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The Haier Chromebook 11 is a 11.6-inch Chrome OS device for those on a budget
The Hisense Chromebook is a 11.6-inch Chrome OS device for those on a budget
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The Hisense Chromebook is a 11.6-inch Chrome OS device for those on a budget

Google has announced a range of new Chrome OS devices, including the Chromebit, a tiny Chromebook on a dongle which can be plugged into a television or monitor. The technology giant also unveiled three new Chromebooks: the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Haier Chromebook 11, and the Hisense Chromebook.

The Chromebit is a brand new device that puts a Chrome OS-running PC on a device "smaller than a candy bar." The Asus-made device plugs into any HDMI port, effectively turning any TV or monitor you have into a Chrome PC.

The dongle uses a Rockchip 3288 SoC (system on a chip), an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU, 16GB of eMMC memory, 2GB of RAM, a USB 2.0 port, and support for WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0. The Asus Chromebit will be available this Northern hemisphere summer in a range of colors for "less than US$100."

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a premium Chromebook with an all-metal body and reversible hinge
The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a premium Chromebook with an all-metal body and reversible hinge

The Asus Chromebook Flip is a new Chromebook featuring an all-metal design. It's being marketed as an ultra-portable device thanks to its measuring less than 15 mm (0.59 inches) thick and weighing in at less than two pounds (907 g). As is becoming common on Chromebooks, the Chromebook Flip has both a keyboard and a touchscreen. As the name suggests, this particular Chromebook can also be flipped so that its keyboard is at the back, allowing it to be used like a tablet. The Asus Chromebook Flip will be available later this (Northern) spring priced at $249.

The Haier Chromebook 11 is a 11.6-inch Chrome OS device for those on a budget
The Haier Chromebook 11 is a 11.6-inch Chrome OS device for those on a budget

The Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook, meanwhile, are highly affordable devices aimed at the budget-conscious. The Haier will be available to buy at Amazon, with the Hisense on sale at Walmart, both priced at just $149. These are standard 11.6-inch Chromebooks, with the big selling point of 10-hour battery life, which should be enough to see most people through a whole day of computing.

You can see the new Chrome products in action in Google's launch video below.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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2 comments
DonGateley
It will be interesting to see whether the Chromebit can be hacked to install full linux distributions or other desktops or whether it will be locked against such "mischief."
MD
More great offerings to compete with the growing market of connected devices. The Intel "Compute stick" gets a full Quad core atom Windows 8.1 PC running on any HDMI monitor or projector for ~$150. (or ubuntu for under $90). Whatever make sit easier for portability and ease of operation..