At CES, joining the league of Chromecast, the Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Mozilla’s Matchstick, Intel unveiled its ‘HDMI Stick’, which can turn a dumb monitor or a HD TV into a full-fledged computer system.
The Stick can be plugged into a television or computer monitor to witness enhanced computing experience. The pocket CPU comes in two variants, one with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu Linux and is capable of streaming content from the Netflix. However, the device isn’t meant for serious gamers and programmers but it can be a ‘good-to-go’ for regular tasks.
The Windows option boasts a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 32GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, microSD card slot for the expendability, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB port and a mini-USB port for power. Meanwhile, the Ubuntu variant differs by 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM.
The Windows version will be available with a price-tag of $149, whereas the Linux model will cost $89. However, device does not come along with the other peripherals such as Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
The gadget is quite small and can get easily fit in your pocket. According to company’s spokesperson, Intel will try its best to place this device in almost every pocket the same way it does in its processors that are running in nearly every system around the world.
He further added, “the electronic giant is marketing the product to homes, businesses and schools looking for super cheap computers. To get started, all, you’ll need, is the Compute Stick, a TV and a few peripherals. Then you can immediately begin streaming content from the Web such as video, movies and photos. It enables thin-client solutions for businesses, delivering ultra portability and reliable plug-and-play simplicity.”
The release date of the Compute Stick isn’t revealed yet by the Intel, but it is expected to be launch sometime in the Q2 this year.