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Google unveils Chromebit micro-PC

Memory stick-sized PC to launch in US this year

Google unveils Chromebit micro-PC
The Google Chromebit is expected to sell for less than $100.

Google has announced plans for a new micro PC that is the same size as a USB memory stick.

The Google Chromebit is intended to plug into a monitor or TV via the HDMI port, to turn it into a PC.

Although the device is still in testing, Engadget says that the Chromebit will run on a Rockchip 3288 SoC, with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC memory, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11 ac support, Bluetooth 4.0, a Smart Ready controller and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU.

The Chromebit also has a swivel on the HDMI port, so it can be angled when plugged in instead, of sticking straight out.

Google said that the device will initially go on sale in the US only, before the end of the year, with a sub $100 price point. The Chromebits will be made by the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus.

The device is similar to Intel's Compute Stick, which was announced in January.

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