Today Google announced a number of new Chrome OS products, the goal of which appears to be offering Chrome devices at lower prices than ever before to increase accessibility. The first two devices are the Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook, which will be available exclusively from Amazon and Walmart, respectively. Both of these laptops have 11.6” 1366×768 displays, 16GB of eMMC storage, 2GB of DDR3L memory and 2×2 802.11ac WiFi. The main distinguishing factor is their processors and battery life, but both of these provide a good inexpensive option for those looking for a machine to browse the web on, and will likely be popular with students and educational institutions. The more unorthodox piece of gear announced is the Chromebit, which is essentially a Chrome OS computer on a stick for less than $100. You just plug it into a display’s USB port to turn the display into a working computer. There is even a USB port and Bluetooth to connect a keyboard and a mouse, and under the hood it is the same Rockchip as the Chromebooks, with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Stay tuned for final pricing and specs as we approach the release date.
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