Dell ships thumb-sized Android PC to testers

July 29, 2013
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Merely days after Google revealed its Chromecast device, Dell has started shipping test units of its own take on the "computer on a stick" concept. Named Project Ophelia, the Android-powered thumb PC is aimed to be an affordable, lightweight PC alternative, according to Pund-IT principal analyst Charles King.

First announced at the Consumer Electronic Show last January, Project Ophelia is a device the size of a USB stick. Once attached via HDMI, Ophelia turns any screen or display into a personal computer, a workstation, a media player, or a gaming box. Running on Android, Ophelia is able to harness the power of a familiar OS, allowing users to download and install apps, stream movies or play games as they would on their gadgets.

Project Ophelia might be one of Dell's measures to address the continued rise of smartphones and tablets that have taken a huge bite from their PC market. The company is hoping that the idea of small thumb-sized computers will catch on as more people take to the cloud for data storage. Priced at $100, Ophelia will definitely not be competing with regular PCs. Instead, Dell will be targeting sales staff, field personnel, or maintenance workers. Ophelia could also be enticing to companies who are looking for more affordable alternatives or who are trying to avoid the cost of upgrading office computers to Windows 8.

Dell plans on developing features that will differentiate Ophelia and make it interesting for enterprise customers. This could include allowing IT administrators to lock down or wipe a device in case of loss or theft. Another feature could be the ability to log and track activities on the device. Once available to the public, Ophelia will be sold through Dell's website as well as through certain partners.

VIA: PCWorld


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  • http://goo.gl/xuiTR Out of the Park Apps

    And ChromeCast just destroyed their dreams…

    • hurrpancakes

      Completely different uses. Chromecast can’t do anything on its own (officially, who knows what we’ll be able to do now that it’s rooted and what now), while this is more of an Android-on-a-stick.

  • Nikato Muirhead

    Chromecast marketing suggests that the unit is a simple plug in like the Roku streaming. That is not the case. Chromecast has a power cord and a USB adaptor which must also be attached. Shame on google for deceptive marketing.

    • MichaelZimmermann

      Uhh nope. If your TV supports sending power over HDMI, you don’t need the external power adapter. It’s provided for people who don’t have supported TV’s.

  • watcher64

    And this is New How??? I have 3 Android’s on a stick with HDMI sitting on my desk … And hand had one of them for over a year …

  • kenn213

    How do you control it if you plug it into one of the 99% of displays that aren’t touch capable?