Asus and Google announced their new PC-on-a-stick concept called Chromebit this year. The Chrome OS-based small computer was expected to launch this summer for less than $100, but it was delayed until Tuesday.
Though the Chromebit is the size of an average USB stick, it has a quad-core Rockchip RK3288-C processor and an integrated Rockchip Mali T764 graphics chip along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. You will also find an HDMI port and a USB 2.0 port. It carries Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth.
So what does that mean? Well, it’s a tiny computer that is capable of running full HD video once it’s plugged into a TV or any display with a HDMI port. It can then be connected to a Bluetooth keyboard and a mouse, Mashable explains. That means you can do pretty much anything you can on a desktop PC.
Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS is what runs, which isn’t the exact experience as on Windows or OS X, but it’s enough to run web-based tasks. Google also says that web browsing, games and video streaming and YouTube watching are typical things the Chromebit can do. Asus also highlights the fact that it could be a cheap way to develop a kiosk for airports, hotels and restaurants.
Since the Chromebit was first announced in March, not much has changed. However, the exact price is $85. It will be available via Fry’s, Amazon and Newegg. The device will appear at retailers in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the U.K. and Taiwan.
Several computers makers have come out with computers on a stick this year. Intel introduced its Compute Stick revision in September and an Ubuntu Linux version. In June, Archos announced that they will be coming out with a $100 Windows 10-based stick. Lenovo also announced its Ideacentre Stick 300 in June.