The idea of smaller is better has been and will always be the main fuel behind most gadget innovations. Huawei, iPhone and Samsung will always struggle to produce the thinnest smartphones in the market.
SanDisk will try to keep its lead as the biggest capacity microSD manufacturer (200GB). But Google won’t let Intel compute stick be the only computer in a dongle.
The new Chrome device goes by the name Chromebit and can easily fit in your palm or jeans pocket. In essence, the Chromebit is a Chromebook squeezed into a dongle.
Though tiny and wieldy, this package contains more than enough power to take you through a normal work schedule or keep you entertained should you choose to hook it up to your TV screen.
Beneath the innocent looking cover that would easily pass for a stylish 4GB flash memory stick is a ferocious Rockchip 3288 SoC backed up with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
As if this is not enough for the little thing, Google have added a dedicated ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU to ensure that your HD videos and gameplay as smooth as possible.
How do you make it work? You ask. It’s simple. Just plug it into an HDMI port like you would do with the Intel Compute Stick.
The HDMI end can swivel around to let the dongle lie flat onto the screen’s back making it quite a tight fit.
The Chromebit features a USB 2.0 port, a tantalizing Bluetooth 4.0, a Smart Ready controller and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac connectivity.
With all these wireless connectivity powers, hooking up a mouse, keyboard or perhaps gaming pads to the Chromebit won’t be a bother at all.
The idea behind this emergent breed of HDMI and USB computers is to bridge the gap between family entertainment and the PC.
Since they are considerably cheap, they could easily pass for a computer to anyone with a TV screen but isn’t willing to spend a fortune for a general purpose home computer.
Chrome admits that they are yet to know of its new dongle’s battery life but admit that it will come in silver, blue or orange and retail at $100 later in the year.