Dell's mini computer ships to beta testers, challenging Chromecast

The size of computers is constantly shrinking, to the point where you could carry one around on a keychain. Google has been getting in on it with their Chromecast, and Dell’s “Project Ophelia” is as well.

Attentive Neowin readers will remember that Dell’s tiny computer was meant to release in July. Although that ship sailed, the device is reaching beta testers, so is reaching a state of finality.

The only stipulation for connecting Ophelia to a device is an HDMI or MHL-ready display. Connection via an MHL port will allow Dell’s Ophelia to draw power from the monitor itself.

For the developer community, Project Ophelia could be off to a good start, running Android 4.1. By the time it releases, the version could well be updated. If not, it remains a solid code-base for development and generally messing around with.

If you'd like to buy Dell's entry into this market, it could be hitting shelves as early as the next fiscal quarter.

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I was interested right up to the point it said Android. I'm an android fan for phones and purpose built stuff, but I actually need a small w8 capable PC. The smallest, cheapest I could find that can play HD is on Amazon for $189 ($250 with HD, RAM). Anyone know of a cheaper "real" computer?

MHL port only?
No micro USB power cable connector?

Dell's pushing it as a thin client for the enterprise...good luck...

CygnusOrion said,
As usual Dell can't make something that doesn't look fugly. Compare and contrast with the sleek Google Chromecast.

Does it matter what it looks like if it's going to be plugged into the back of a TV or monitor?

Now now, just because its running android now doesnt mean that someone cant hack it for Linux, I mean how long did the chromebook last before Chrubuntu was released?

How is this device in any way challenging Chromecast? This is a "computer on a stick" (running Android) whereas Chromecast is just a streaming device (no apps of it's own, just streaming). Apples and oranges here.

When you read this article its like:
Computers are getting smaller, you can throw them around like key chains.
Dell's making one!
Expectations are so high...

And then BAM! Its running Android!
Anything running android is not even a computer, my friend!

kaizad1993 said,
When you read this article its like:
Computers are getting smaller, you can throw them around like key chains.
Dell's making one!
Expectations are so high...

And then BAM! Its running Android!
Anything running android is not even a computer, my friend!

hate to break it to you, but even a old clock with gears is technically a computer... it's still computing based on a fixed set of instructions set in the gears... romans had gear driven computers that calculated distance as it moved... etc..etc... so this is definitely a computer by any definition of one

lol.... I do know that! All I was pointing out to is that it does not look useful/productive at all..... at least at this time....

Plug it into one of those new 32" 4K Ultrasharp monitors for the ultimate android computing experience