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

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.

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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7 Comments

1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

3. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

4. Dastrix unregistered

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

5. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

6. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 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

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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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