Lenovo Chromebox Micro fanless mini PC runs ChromeOS, targets digital signage applications

There’s a new type of Chromebox in town with the Chromebox Micro with a form factor very similar to the MeLE Quieter4C we’ve just covered, but running Chrome OS instead and designed to be mounted to the back of a display.

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is the first device of this type that I’ve seen. The fanless mini PC is based on an Intel Celeron N4500 dual-core processor with 8GB RAM and 32GB eMMC flash and mostly targets digital signage and interactive retail kiosks.

Lenovo ChromeBox Mini

Lenovo Chromebox Micro:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N4500 dual-core processor @ 1.1GHz / 2.8GHz (Burst frequency) with Intel UHD graphics; 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 8GB
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI port
  • Audio – 1x audio jack, digital audio via HDMI
  • Networking – Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
  • USB – 2x USB Type-C ports, 2x USB Type-A ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED , Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 19V/65W via DC jack
  • Dimensions – 163x79x19.7mm
  • Weight – 450 grams
Chromebox Mini Mounted to Display
Chromebox Mini connected to Instorescreen inFLEX smart display

I had forgotten that ChromeOS has also made its way into the enterprise market with Google offering a ChromeOS Kiosk and Digital Signage solution used in the Lenovo Chromebox Mini that lets customers set up and manage a fleet of kiosk devices and enables the deployment of pre-provisioned devices for lower maintenance costs. ChromeOS for digital signage is not exactly a new thing, as we covered the AOPEN Chromebox Mini for Digital Signage and Kiosks back in 2019 with a larger design as the code for the device was merged into mainline Linux.

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro will be available in Q4 2024 starting at $219 and offered together with Instorescreen inFLEX smart displays both provided by Lenovo OEM solutions. More details may be found in the press release.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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3 Replies to “Lenovo Chromebox Micro fanless mini PC runs ChromeOS, targets digital signage applications”

    1. I doubt dual-core Jasper Lake is competitive at $100, especially not 2+ years from now. Though at the very least it has 8 GB RAM, which all ChromeOS users should be aiming for at this point. This is a cute solution for enterprise customers who will probably buy the display it fits into.

      If you could get the display and the Chromebox for $100, now you’re talking. I would hang the 15.6″ up in a kitchen.

      I hope my theory about an Alder Lake-N refresh with a 6-core N205 becomes reality.

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