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HP teases an Intel Haswell powered Chromebox for UK release

Little boxes but they don't all look the same
Fri Feb 07 2014, 16:45

PC MAKER HP has spilled some details about its first Chromebox device, which will be coming to the UK in the second quarter.

The pint-sized device is designed to connect to monitors as a low-cost desktop replacement or to a television to add Smart TV functionality.

It includes support for Bluetooth, has HDMI, Displayport and four USB 3.0 ports, and will be available in four different colours - silver, turquoise, black and white - complementing the colour scheme of HP's Chromebook 14 laptop.

HP Chromebox with Google Chrome OS

The HP Chromebox can be mounted to the back of a television or monitor, and HP claims that it is small and light enough to be able to pop into a travel bag, providing of course that you have an equally light keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Boasting an Intel Haswell processor, the HP Chromebox will be available in two versions, a standard edition and a business version, Chromebox For Meetings, which will boast a fourth generation Intel Haswell Core i7 processor. HP hasn't confirmed which processor will ship with the standard model, but it's likely an Intel i3 or i5 chip.

Full specifications and pricing are yet to be announced, but HP has told The INQUIRER that it will ship in the UK in the second quarter, likely close to its spring arrival in the US.

The Chromebox is a new type of machine to emerge over the last few months with devices from Samsung and a business machine from Asus already on the way.

They build on the successful Chinese industry of small, lightweight mini computers designed to connect to televisions, however whereas those run the mobile focused Android system, the Chromebox emphasises Google's desire to promote its Chrome OS as a distinct, separate OS with different use cases. µ


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