Google’s announced the latest product to join the Chrome OS family. Along with the Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase, and Chromecast now comes the Chromebit.
The Chromebit, manufactured by Asus, is a dongle the size of a Roku Streaming Stick, but contains the basics of a Chrome OS computer: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth, and a Rockchip 3288 SoC processor. The device comes with a swiveling HDMI port for plugging into a display, a Micro USB port for power, and a full size USB port for peripherals (keyboard, mice, etc.). It’s set to go on sale sometime this summer for under $100, and will be available in various colors.
While it’s competing with a lot of other variations on Chrome OS hardware, I imagine the Chromebit will find some popularity. Kiosks, signs, and other places where even a Chromebox wouldn’t fit (or demand more versatility/horsepower than a Chromecast) might be ideal for the Chromebit. The price also sounds pretty cheap.