While it has been announced back in March, it is only today that Google and ASUS have officially launched their latest Chrome OS device which is called Chromebit. As compared to previous Chrome OS devices that usually come in the form of notebooks, small form factor desktop PC, and all-in-one PC, Chromebit is a full-fledged Chrome OS-based computer that is contained within a dongle-sized chassis.
Despite its highly compact form factor, the device still able to fit a full-sized USB 2.0 port and is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 processor as well as Mali-T764 quad-core GPU. The device also features 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage together with Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band Wi-Fi connectivity.
To use Chromebit, all users need to do is plug the the dongle into the HDMI port of their TV or monitor and connect it to their wireless keyboard as well as mouse. This is not the first computer stick from ASUS though as the company has actually announced VivoStick few months ago which runs on Intel Atom processor and Windows 10.
In terms of pricing, the Chromebit is listed at USD 85 (RM 373) which made it more affordable than ASUS VivoStick or the readily available Intel Compute Stick. At the moment, the device will be released in US first before heading to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and UK. No words if ASUS will release Chromebit in Malaysia but we’ll let you know once we heard any updates.