Earlier this year, Intel announced the PC-on-a-stick, called Intel Compute Stick for $149, and six months since, has brought the device to Indian shores as well. The Intel Compute Stick will cost Rs.9,999 and will be sold via Flipkart and Intel’s own retail stores across the country.
The Compute Stick will ship with either Windows 8.1 Bing or Linux pre-installed and features a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage – just about everything you need for a functional PC, albeit the display. You can plug it into any TV or monitor with HDMI ports to get started.
This tiny device can also handle media streaming via its HDMI 1.4a port, its other specs let you do much more. The Windows version of the gadget comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage, while the Linux Computer Stick only get half the RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. The 9,999 INR price tag is for the Windows variant, while the price for Linux version hasn’t been announced yet.
The Intel Compute Stick also features full-sized and micro USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Interestingly, Intel has decided to go with a micro-USB port by default for the Compute Stick, but provides an HDMI adapter cable within the package.
It’s also interesting to note here that it is running the Windows 8.1 Bing which is technically same as a standard Windows 8.1, albeit with Bing as the default search engine on Internet Explorer. Being the case, we still don’t know if it can be upgraded to Windows 10 in the near future.
The Compute Stick seems to have some limited use cases – like using it as an entertainment hub at home or transform a display into a fully functional digital signage solution. Alternatively, users can opt for iBall Slendo, which looks pretty much the same as Intel’s Compute Stick, but is available for a cheaper price of Rs.8,999.
Note: The article has been updated to fix the part involving Windows 8.1 Bing.