Google has announced it will release the Asus Chromebit in India by January next year priced at Rs 7999. The computer-on-a-stick gadget was first unveiled back in April 2015 and is capable of turning any monitor or TV into a smart device running Chrome OS.
The news about the imminent arrival of the Asus Chromebit was broadcasted at the ongoing Google For India event taking place in New Delhi. The pocket computer houses an HDMI and microUSB 2.0 port. It additionally ships with an HDMI extension cable or bendable Flex Connect HDMI connector, although the availability of the accessories varies by region.
Connectivity options consist of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth. The Chromebit is powered by a Rockchip quad-core RK3288C processor that works in tandem with 2GB of RAM and an ARM Mali-T624 GPU, which provides support for full HD playback. It contains 16GB of internal memory. There’s no option to expand this storage via a microSD card slot.
The Asus device is being offered with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for a period of 2 years. The USP of the product is its portability, measuring just 123 x 31 x 17mm in terms of dimensions and weighing a light 75g. It runs on Chrome OS and is supposed to receive guaranteed automatic updates and anti-virus software.
Google has added various tools to make the software more useful over the past few months by adding features such as support for offline media playing. Furthermore, users can download apps from the Chrome Web Store. The Asus Chromebit will have to face competition against similar products like the Intel Compute Stick, which currently retails for Rs 8348 and runs on the Windows 8.1 OS.