Dell's Project Ophelia could be in your pocket in July

At first glance, the hand appears to be holding a Dell-branded USB memory stick. Believe it or not, that is Dell's "Project Ophelia": a thumb PC capable of working as long as you plug it into an HDMI slot. Packed into the tiny body are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options. Unsurprisingly, it's gunning right for cheap tablet and PC sales.

PC World reports that the first batch of Ophelia units is going to developers, so they can get apps readied for the everyday user. Cable and telecom providers will be offering Ophelia units after this in package details. Finally, you'll be able to buy one from Dell directly.

Unsurprisingly, Dell is putting an emphasis on enterprise, marketing Ophelia as a thin client. Wyse's PocketCloud will be included, allowing remote access to files stored on other machines. A 'cloud client manager' makes it possible for an IT administrator to remotely wipe lost Ophelia units as well.

Android will come pre-installed on the Ophelia unit, though Dell has done a stellar job ensuring we don't know specifications. According to a January 2013 post on Engadget, it will ship with Android 4.0. We'll know the specs in July, but so far, there's not even a morsel of information.

Source: PC World | Image via CNET

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Dell just a bit late to the party?
I have had an MK808b android stick for a while. It cost £32, has a dual core 1.6Ghz CPU, 1Gb RAM, 8Gb on board storage, comes with Jellybean 4.2.2 installed and pre-rooted. The device has Bluetooth, Wifi, USB, OTG, micro SD slot, HDMI output and can be powered by my tv's usb port. There is already a good community built up around these devices with custom ROMs and kernels available. Flashing clockworkmod recovery to them is possibly the easiest 'droid related upgrade i've ever done!
ignore that it states 4.1 as OS, the current ones are updated from the factory to 4.2.2.

Edited by 20legend, May 21 2013, 10:21am :

Pretty sure I've seen something basically the same as this already, not made by dell and also runs android, been out for a long time and much cheaper than $100. They're trying to jump on the raspberry pi bandwagon in my opinion and it's a bandwagon that's long gone.

Until we get some standards like on the x86 platform there is only space for very few different devices, right now either you have a big community maintaining you repositories like with raspi and beaglebone or you have to go android with all its limitations, hopefully in a few years the need to compile for each of these devices will disappear and we will start to see the true potential of the platform. Right now the raspi is showing us some very interesting use cases

I've had a Chinese "plug computer" now for about 5 years and find it very useful as a "BitTorrent and local Media Server". The difference is that I've been running Windows XP on mine. XP has tons of useful software in these areas. But Android? What programs are there on Android that could be useful in a Download/Media server? And what incentive is there for anyone to write such software? Servers don't read advertising, which completely deflates the Google "free" business model. And these will sell in such low numbers, software developers will steer clear.

FYI: I am a hacker. No way in Hell would I ever use Linux. Too many fundamental exploits. Buffer overflows on Floating Point is a good example. No way they can even attempt to close that door. Crap software.

No there aren't any even decent media library/streamer software on Android or Linux. Sorry.

Major Plonquer said,
FYI: I am a hacker...

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Seriously kid, stop smoking the FUD manual it's not healty

Now that a major manufacturer has jumped on these, they met be better supported... There are dozens of these usb style android pc's kicking about all of which plagued with glitches of some sort. Due to this, I dont think theyre ready for main stream, and more for the enthusiast. or niche market.

Im more a fan of the set top box, and own the mygica atv1200, but this also has its issues. I believe an official "google tv" stb is on the horizon, so hopefully will be better supported.

I use mine mainly as a media centre, XBMC.. but the android version of this is still in development, but with so many different types of platforms, it must be difficult to cater for them all. Hopefully having Dell and a Google TV box may allow for some more stability.

I heard it might cost 100$, case in which it would quite likely replace my HTPC...with XBMC on it and some sort of NAS in a closet you really couldn't ask for a better setup at this price.

This is very true. I have an MK808 and I love it!

Works great for everything I need with a media center with the added value of a decent web browsing experience, tablet apps and some games (some games work better than others, for example, don't expect to play temple run without a gyroscopic air mouse.... or without mounting your tv in portrait mode )

It's so cheap, I didn't mind doing a whole load of hardware modding to it too, and in conjunction with the 2dark4u kernel, I get around 13000 points on antutu. It's still being worked on and I expect to get even more out of it. With the quad core versions of these cheap tv sticks just coming out, they'll be dropping price even more so very soon.

I think all you get with this dell stick is perhaps a chance of higher quality but I'd rather time my luck with the cheap version. It worked for me!

I'd pay the extra 50 bucks to get such a device from a reputable company. Not all Android devices are created equal in terms of software stability and future support, otherwise we'd all be using 100$ tablets. As for the idea of using a tablet instead of such a stick as an HTPC, I just have to ask, why? Wouldn't you want to use your tablet around the house? This means unplugging your HTPC every time you want to read something...besides the fact that unless you find a compatible dock you'll just have a slate hanging off your TV. There's also the (not large, but significant when talking about sub-100$ devices) cost of an HDMI cable in the case of a tablet, I have yet to see one which comes with it in the box.

Could be a decent little box of tricks. If it runs the latest android 4.0? (thought we were on 4.2.2) and can be used as a Plex/Netflix client......AND if it's not a silly price for what it is, I'm buying one.

I'm really having a hard time seeing who actually makes up the market for this device and how this puts any money in Dell's pocket.