Dell Begins Beta Testing Android-Powered Thumb-Size PC

bp9801 - July 30, 2013 10:33AM in Small Form Factor

Dell has something new up its sleeves, as it's preparing a thumb-size PC that runs on Google's Android OS. Dubbed Project Ophelia, this PC looks similar to a USB flash drive, except it connects via an HDMI port. Plug it in and pretty much any screen with an HDMI port can become a PC or a streaming media player. Applications, games, music, movies, and even personal files can be accessed from it, plus its WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options allowing for wireless keyboards and mice to control the show. Hulu and Netflix streaming could be the biggest draw here, as can playing games or using some of the thousands of apps on the Google Play Store. Some enterprise features are also expected to be added, so IT administrators could have the ability to remotely secure and wipe a device if it gets lost or stolen. It sounds like a souped up version of Google's Chromecast, actually, which isn't a bad thing.

Dell is currently beta testing Project Ophelia (please give it a sweet name), and is planning to have the PC ready to launch sometime in the next several months. It's expected to cost around $100, and could be the perfect way to get into computing without dropping a ton of cash or taking up a lot of space. The specifications of Project Ophelia aren't currently known, but I imagine we won't have to wait too much longer to find that out.

Source: PC World