LG Electronics said on Tuesday that it plans to unveil the world’s first all-in-one Chromebase at CES 2014 in January. This is essentially an all-in-one desktop that uses Google’s Chrome OS rather than Windows 8. That means the AIO PC should be cheaper given that Google doesn’t require a licensing fee for using the HTML5-based platform.
"LG’s Chromebase is an exciting new form factor that expands the options available to customers who want a fast, simple and secure computing experience for the home, school or office," said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. "LG Electronics makes great devices that customers love, and we’re glad to welcome them to the Chrome family."
According to the specs, this AIO PC sports a 21.5-inch IPS screen with 178-degree viewing angles and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. This screen is backed by a fourth-generation Intel Celeron “Haswell” processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 16 GB iSSD. The new AIO also provides a 1.3MP webcam and a microphone for easy video calling.
Other Chromebase features include HDMI input, allowing owners to use the AIO as a second screen for a desktop, a laptop, or as a main screen for an Xbox One console, set-top box and more. There are also three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port for wired networking, and a pair of built-in 5W speakers. Accessories include a keyboard, a mouse and a cable organizer.
Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics, expects the Chromebase to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings. That’s the beauty of Chrome OS: all data is stored in the cloud so that a single user can jump on any Chrome OS device and access his/her personal settings, documents and so on.
For now pricing and availability is unknown at this point, but we expect to hear and see more about this new form factor during CES 2014 in a few weeks.