While the Chromebook Pixel 2 might be hardware worth drooling over to hardcore Chrome OS fans, the reality is that Chrome OS is strongest in the low-end of the market, and today’s announcements are aimed squarely there.
The first two Chromebooks are from Haier and Hisense. Both offer an 11.6-inch display and a Rockchip processor, but the highlight feature for each is a $149 price point. The Haier is available for pre-order from Amazon and the Hisense is up for pre-order at Walmart.
If you are willing to shell out another $100, then the next option from ASUS might pique your interest. The ASUS Chromebook Flip features all-metal construction with a convertible form factor and a 10.1-inch touch screen at 1280 x 800. Running the same Rockchip processor with either 2 or 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage this isn’t the fastest thing out there, but there is something to be said for fanless laptops. At less than 2 pounds, it is a strong ultra-portable option and seems perfect for schools.
Finally, ASUS announced what is essentially a Chromebox in a stick, known as the Chromebit. They say it’s “smaller than a candy bar,” and it turns any display into a computer by plugging it into an HDMI port. The Chromebit also features a Rockchip processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB 2.0 port.
That was it for announcements, but Google did have a slick new ad for Chromebooks highlighting all the use cases, including some — like gaming, 3D modeling, video editing and programming — that don’t immediately leap to mind when you think of Chromebooks.
Any thoughts on the new products or the ad? I find the ad interesting as it feels like Google is driving hard for some areas that people would often dismiss as not the strengths for a Chromebook.