KOREAN COMPUTER FIRM LG has announced that it will launch the first Chrome OS powered all-in-one (AIO) desktop machine at CES 2014.
Named the Chromebase, the AIO system has a 21.5in widescreen IPS display with HD 1920x1080 resolution and Intel's latest fourth generation Haswell CPU with 2GB of memory.
LG said it will unveil the Chromebase at the 2014 CES show in Las Vegas early next month.
"LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centres and other business settings," LG said.
The Chromebase comes with a 16GB SSD drive, which doesn't sound like much for a desktop system, but Google will most likely offer 100GB of free cloud storage, as it has with its recently launched Chromebooks.
LG hasn't revealed specific measurements for the Chromebase yet, but from the images we have, it seems that Google has kept the AIO as minimalist and compact as possible, calling it a "space saving design". The system has an HDMI-in, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port and a LAN connector.
Being somewhat limited to Google Doc writing, emailing and web surfing, the Chromebase will have to be cheap in order to sell well. The simplicity of Chrome OS and its therefore limited functionality for users might not seem worth the investment for a larger system, as desktop systems are intended for work rather than casual web browsing.
LG has yet to announce pricing or availability for its Chrome OS powered AIO desktop. We suspect this information will be announced during the CES trade show.