The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is a ChromeOS computer the size of a phone
December 6, 2023

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is a ChromeOS computer the size of a phone

Lenovo Chromebox Micro it should hit the market in the first three months of 2023 at a starting price of $219 and up.

Most computers running Google's software ChromeOS are Chromebooks. However, the company also produces small Chromebox desktop computers almost since the beginning of ChromeOS.

Novi Lenovo Chromebox Micro, however, is smaller than most. With dimensions of 163 x 79 x 20mm (6.4″ x 3.1″ x 0.8″), it is about the size of two smartphones.

Lenovo unveiled this small computer during the Digital Signage Experience show this week, so it's no surprise that the company is touting the Chromebox Micro as an “ultra-thin and affordable media player.” However, it can also be used for various other purposes.

It is powered by an Intel Celeron N4500 processor, which is a 6-watt, 2-core, 2-thread processor based on the Intel Jasper Lake architecture, and supports 8GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.

Chromebox Micro weighs only 450 grams

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro has a fanless metal case, 24/7 silent support, and a set of ports that includes:

2 x USB Type-C
2 x USB Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x Ethernet
1 x 3.5mm audio

It weighs 450 grams and can be mounted on the back of the screen. Lenovo also participates in this segment to offer 15.6″ and 21.5″ screens designed specifically for use with the Chromebox Micro, thanks to the corresponding cutouts on the back.

In theory, it's like buying an all-in-one desktop, except that the core of the system is a separate computer that could theoretically be replaced by a next-generation model (if one appears in the future). Of course, you can always take it off and take it with you, say to the office.

While the new Lenovo Chromebox Micro is the first device of its kind, Google says it's “working with additional device manufacturers to bring affordable, compact, enterprise Chromeboxes soon,” suggesting we could see similar products of this size from other companies, too. in the future.

On the other hand, the Chromebox Micro isn't the smallest ChromeOS computer we've ever seen. That title still belongs to the Asus Chromebit, launched in 2015, designed to plug directly into a display's HDMI port.