Google Unveils Cheapest Chromebooks And $100 ‘Computer on a Stick’ Chromebit
Chromebooks have become a better alternative to laptops for people who perform most of their computing tasks on Internet. Google knows this as it continues introducing new devices. Just a few weeks ago, Google unveiled the highest-end Chromebook Pixel, and now, the search giant has unveiled two most affordable Chromebooks in its portfolio: The Hisense Chromebook 11 and the Haier Chromebook 11 which cost just $149 are the cheapest Chromebooks for the time being.
Google also hinted another a new type of Chrome device called the Chromebit. The device is a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer on a stick that plugs right into your TV or any HDMI-enabled display and turns it into a computer. This smaller than candy bar Chromebit will be available for less than $100.
Both the devices run on quad-core processors produced by Chinese semiconductor company Rockchip — the same semiconductor firm which recently allied with Intel to work on its processors. The company has designed chips on it 3288 system on a chip (SoC) which, as for as its performance in Intel chips, will hopefully speed up browsing on Chromebooks.
Other specifications for the new Hisence and Haier Chromebooks include a most commonly used 2GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage. The devices feature a 11.6-inch display at 1,366×768 pixel resolution. Both the devices will come with MicroSD card slot to read SD cards, two USB ports and an HDMI port.
For connectivity, devices come with WiFi and Bluetooth enabled along with HD webcam. Now battery: the battery life of Haier Chromebook can last for 10 hours while that of the Hisense one, 8.5 hours. Chrome keyboard and “OK Google” commands are incorporated in the devices which will serve as a non-stop display of branding.
Of course, the specs of the new Chromebooks are not astonishing at all but considering the low price, they are pretty nice offers.
Still if you want to get your hands on some sterling device, go for the new $1,000 Chromebook Pixel. But if you have average needs for surfing the web and running few normal applications, these cost-effective Chromebooks can do the job for you.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.