Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has launched its minicomputer, the Intel Compute Stick in India with a retail price of Rs. 9,999.
The gadget is a dongle almost the size of a flash disk. It converts a normal HDMI-enabled TV into a PC. The compute stick is a result of extreme engineering aimed at making the desktop as computer even smaller. The device is now available at online stores through Flipkart and physical stores through authorized Intel dealers. The current online retail price is Rs 9,999.
The Intel Compute stick, will come with two operating system options, Linux and a full version of Windows 8.1. For a device that small, Stick certainly packs a punch. The device is designed to convert any HDMI enabled display into a fully functional PCwith a 1.83GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor. It has a USB 4.0 port and a USB 2.0 port to enable connectivity to external devices. To promote further connectivity, the device is WIFI. Additional devices such as a mouse and a wireless keyboard can be connected via Bluetooth.
To perform all the functionalities especially a smooth running of the operating system, the stick has a 2GB RAM to support the 1.83GHz quad-core processor. It also has a 32GB memory and a memory card slot for expanded memory. The Linux version has a GB RAM with 8GB of storage.
The Intel Compute stick has a lot of similarities with the iBallSplendo PC-on-a-Stick. The latter was launched in June at Rs. 8,999, perhaps fulfilling a statement that the Stick will also be available on iBall.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) Sales and marketing director for South Asia, Rajiv Bhalla said that the project is part of Intel’s project to deliver products and services to users through innovation. He spoke during the launch of the device. Though the computing stick is such a small device, it delivers as much as a regular desktop computer. Mr. Bhalla also described it as a revolutionary feat to create such a device, andwas pleased to usher it into the Indian market.