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Dell's thumb-sized Android PC to ship in July

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Dell's thumb-sized Android PC to ship in July
This July, Dell is expected to start selling its Android flavored PC that is the size of a thumb. Actually, it is a device that looks like a flash drive and contains the Android OS. Users plug it into the HDMI port on a modern television set, which turns the screen into a smart device. The USB plug-in will cost $100.

Dell's Project Ophelia will turn a television screen into an Android powered PC for $100

Dell's Project Ophelia will turn a television screen into an Android powered PC for $100

Code named Project Ophelia by Dell, the latter displayed it during CES in January. It will be shown off again starting this Tuesday at the Citrix Synergy conference in Los Angeles on both a 19 inch and 55 inch screen. Any display can be turned into a PC, gaming machine or a TV set-top box and the device will allow the user to download apps and games from the Google Play Store as well as stream movies from Netflix or Hulu. Also included on the device is Wyse's PocketCloud, which will let users access stored content on mobile devices, PCs and servers. If lost, the device can be remotely wiped.

Jeff McNaught, executive director of cloud client computing at Dell, said that the device is meant to be a cheap alternative to PCs or tablets and the company is working on a way to type when the Ophelia is plugged into a screen. As is the case these days with new devices, developers will get first crack at Ophelia so that they can write apps for them. In August, it will be available to customers of cable or telecom providers bundled with special offers. After that, it will be made available to the public from Dell's website.

source: PCWorld via electronista

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posted on 19 May 2013, 21:44

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I'm assuming it will be controlled by a wireless remote/keyboard. If it is a "stock" version of Android and is updated well, should do well.

posted on 19 May 2013, 21:56 2

2. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


If its stick it should be compatible with Bluetooth accessories sounds good...but um...how does a USB device plug into hdmi? I'm assuming the author meant hdmi device the size of or similar to a USB drive.

posted on 19 May 2013, 22:23 1

3. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


How long till I can buy a 4k TV running Android for a reasonable price.

posted on 19 May 2013, 23:14 1

4. Dastrix (Posts: 577; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


This sounds really neat! Looking forward to see it in action soon!

posted on 20 May 2013, 00:12

5. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


http://www.measy.com.cn/product/showproduct55_en.htm

posted on 20 May 2013, 00:14 3

6. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Specification



Item Specification
OS Android 4.1
CPU
RK3066 Dual ARM® Cortex™-A9
Processor
1.6 GHz
Memory DDR3: 1GB
Nand Flash 8GB
Camera 2million pixel
Bluetooth Built-in
Micphone Built-in
Audio Type Integrated
Graphics adapter Integrated
GPU model quad core Mali-400MP
Video outputs HDMI
USB USB2.0 and Micro USB
Networking WiFi 802.11 b/g/ n
Memory card reader Micro SD
Colors Black/white
Size 101.8 x 39 x 12.5 mm
Weight 32g

ftp://hgc42038:measy123123@121.196.103.10/upload/U2C-E-0419-01.jpg

posted on 20 May 2013, 16:54 1

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"... and the company is working on a way to type when the Ophelia is plugged into a screen."

As noted above, there are certainly input methods available, but if this is supposed to ship in July, shouldn't things like user interfaces been worked on long ago???

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