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Google’s $100 Chromebit Will Turn Any Display Into A Computer

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Flexible working could be about to get a lot cheaper following the launch of a new computing dongle device from Google.

The search giant has teamed up with Asus to unveil the Chromebit – a $100 device which, when plugged in, will turn any display or monitor into a computer.

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At just an inch long, the Chromebit packs an impressive amount of power into such a small space, sporting a Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Connecting to displays via USB or HDMI, it will link to accessories such as keyboards via Bluetooth, and could revolutionise the way schools, small businesses or remote homes live and work.

‘Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100,’ Google said.

‘By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer.

‘It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses.’

The Chromebit is set to go on sale this summer, available in three colours, with a UK price to be confirmed soon.

The device is the latest effort from Google to maximise its computing product lines alongside its already-successful Chromebook line of laptops.

Last month, the company revealed the second generation of its Chromebook Pixel laptops, with the updated Chromebook Pixel 2 featuring boosted power, a 13in touchscreen display, and two new USB Type C ports which looks to enable multi-device charging by combining power, video and traditional USB ports into one cable.

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