Google turns your TV into a computer with HDMI Chromebit dongle, intros new Chromebooks
There are plenty of way to add some new functionality to your HDMI-equipped TV set, and dongles like Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick have made bringing streaming media to your living room a breeze. But sometimes you crave a little more power than access to Netflix and YouTube, and for that you can turn to some beefier dongles that give your TV the power of something closer to a full-fledged PC. Today Google shares news of just such an upcoming product, along with a few new Chromebooks.
The Chromebit is set to formally launch this summer, manufactured by frequent Google collaborator ASUS. The $100 dongle runs Chrome OS and is powered by a quad-core Rockchip SoC. It offers 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, and connects to your accessories over Bluetooth 4.0. A neat swiveling head also lets the stick fit in among cramped quarters behind your TV.
As for Chromebooks, we’ve got another ASUS model, with the announcement of the Chromebook Flip. The nearly $250 convertible model is set to arrive later this spring offers a 15mm-thick build weighing under two pounds. There’s a big 10.1-inch display (at least compared to tablets), and its battery should give you ten hours of life on a charge.
Finally there are two new models in the $150 range, the Haier Chromebook 11 and Hisense Chromebook, both with 11.6-inch displays.