ASUS has just released a new mini PC model, called Chromebox 4. This is considered as an upgraded version of the Chromebox 3 that the company introduced in 2018, possessing a powerful configuration with Intel processor 10th generation and up to 4 different CPU versions.
In terms of design, Chromebox 4 is still a square block with the main black tone like Chromebox 3, as well as the ASUS logo in the middle and the Chrome logo in the upper left corner. It also has the same physical dimensions – 5.85 x 5.85 x 1.58 inches, however ASUS made a few big changes on the inside.
While Chromebox 3 uses 8th Gen Intel processors, its successor Chromebox 4 has been upgraded to 10th Gen Intel processors. ASUS says this upgrade will deliver “faster performance, smoother and more energy-efficient “.
ASUS Chromebox 4 has a total of 4 different CPU versions, all with integrated Intel HD Graphics:
– Intel Celeron 5205U 1.9GHz (2M Cache, max clock speed 1.9GHz)
– Intel Core i3-10110U 2.1GHz (4M Cache, max clock speed 4.1GHz)
– Intel Core i5-10210U 1.6GHz (6M Cache, max clock 4.2GHz)
– Intel Core i7-10510U 1.8GHz (8M Cache, max clock 4.9GHz)
The Celeron-chip version comes with 4GB of 2400MHz bus DDR4 RAM, expandable up to 8GB. Meanwhile, the Core i chip versions are equipped with 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 bus RAM, which can be expanded up to 16GB.
In terms of storage, the Celeron-powered version comes with an eMMC (32GB or 64GB) option and an M.2 SSD (128GB or 256GB ROM). However, Core i chip versions only come with M.2 SATA SSDs. All 4 models support dual 6-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 CNVi, and have fans.
Chromebox 4 has a full range of ports such as HDMI 2.0, USB-C 3.2 gen 1 (supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort), USB-A 3.2 gen 2 with the ability to output images up to 3 4K monitors at the same time. In addition, it also has a LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) port for network connection, in case you don’t want to use Wi-Fi.
Like other Chrome OS devices, Chromebox 4 also supports Google Play. This also means that you can download and run Android apps without installing any other emulator software.
As expected, ASUS will start selling Chromebox 4 in the North American market in December, with prices starting from 289 USD (about 6.7 million).