The new device aims to promote Chrome OS in the enterprise environment
The Chrome OS-based LG Chromebase will make its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, promising a space saving design that will encourage businesses to take the plunge into the world of cloud-based operating systems.
The all-in-one is powered by a fourth generation Intel Celeron processor, which LG says makes it ideal for running web applications and graphics. The new chip is supplemented by 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD.
Of course, the theory is that users shouldn’t need that much local storage, as the LG Chromebase comes pre-installed with Google apps and services, and has access to a range of other software through the Google Web Store.
Chromebase also features a 21.5-inch HD display, HDMI port, USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectivity, microphone and 1.2 megapixel webcam for video calls, a feature set which LG says makes it ideal for both personal and business use.
“Simple to operate for all types of users, the … LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design,” says Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics. “LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centres and other business settings.”
Chrome OS devices have so far been limited to the Chromebook laptop format, which has raised concerns about the cloud-based nature of the operating system, given the possible lack of connectivity.
However LG and Google hope the all-in-one format, coupled with multi-layer security features and automatic updates that reduce the amount of time and money required by IT departments to upgrade machines, will tempt businesses.
“LG’s Chromebase is an exciting new form factor that expands the options available to customers who want a fast, simple and secure computing experience for the home, school or office,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. “LG Electronics makes great devices that customers love, and we’re glad to welcome them to the Chrome family.”
HP and Dell have been among those supporting the Chromebook concept, with the latter launching the education-focused Dell Chromebook 11 at Dell World in Austin, Texas last week.
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