Google Introduces New Chromebooks, Chromebit Computer Stick

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Earlier today Google announced some new products related to Chrome OS on their Chrome Blog. The majority of the announcements were related to new Chromebooks, all priced very affordably at under $250 each. The announcement included the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the ASUS Chromebook C201, Haier Chromebook 11, and the Hisense Chromebook. Each of the four models has very similar specs, Rockchip 3288 SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory. They will all come equipped with a 720P front-facing camera, along with two USB 2.0 ports, microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and other standard Chromebook features. The ASUS Chromebook Flip is particularly notable in that it will feature an all-in-one touchscreen for conversion to a tablet experience. The Flip model is also made of all metal and measures in at just under 15 mm thin and just under 2 pounds. The convertible experience along with the portability of this machine might have many people jumping on the Chromebook bandwagon, myself included.

Amazon will be selling the Haier Chromebook 11, Walmart will have the Hisense Chromebook, both very reasonably priced at $149 and will be available mid-April. The ASUS models pricing is a little bit higher, the C201 starts at $169, while the Chromebook Flip costs $249. Both Asus models will be available later this spring on Amazon. The Flip is unsurprisingly the most expensive of the four new models, but with the included features it seems like a worthy jump in price.

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In addition to these new Chromebooks, Google also introduced a new Chrome OS product category: the Chromebit. The Chromebit is a Chrome OS computer in a compact HDMI stick, very similar to the Chromecast dongle, but a bit longer. And lets be honest here, who doesn’t want a longer dongle? Google says the Chromebit is just under the size of a candy bar and the first model will be available later this summer from ASUS. The Chromebit will arrive packing a Rockchip 3288 ARCM Cortext-A17 processor with an ARM Mali 760 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. The Chromebit even features a swivel hinge to make sure you can plug this into your HD TV if you so choose. The $100 asking price makes this a must-have for any Google fanboy. The Chromebit definitely looks to be part of Google’s plan to move further into your living room ecosystem. I will definitely pick one of these up this summer. Leave your thoughts on Google’s new dongle in the comments, or thoughts on dongles in general (keep it PG though).

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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