Updated on December 10, 2021
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.