A new HDMI stick, entitled Chromebit created by ASUS in collaboration with those from Google, turns your TV into a smart one running on Chrome OS.
Because they don’t want to give up the perpetual development of Chrome OS, the operating system for PCs, those from Google have just launched a new gadget that might attract you. The little one from the above pictures is connected to the HDMI port of a monitor or TV and can turn it into a fully functional computer.
It is very small, does not require any configuration and has a more than decent performance. In many ways it is similar to Compute Stick from Intel, released a few months ago. The major difference between the two, besides the price, is about the very interesting design choice. Chromebit has a HDMI rotated through 90 degrees. Thus, the stick should not get out in an ostentatious way from TV’s edge, but can hide behind it.
Regarding its hardware configuration, is built around a Rockchip 3288 SoC with ARM Mali 760 GPU quad core, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space in eMMC format. Connectivity includes USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac and support for Smart Ready accessories. To interact with it, you can use a mouse and keyboard USB or Bluetooth, and they are not included in the price. An important detail that you should keep in mind is that Chrome OS platform operates almost exclusively in the cloud. For this reason, it is usually more important to have an internet connection.
Chromebit should arrive in stores this summer at a price of up to $100.