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Intel is ready to put a Windows 8.1 PC on your dumb TV with this tiny device

January 8th, 2015 at 3:35 PM
Intel Compute Stick vs. Google Chromecast

The extremely small Curie processor for wearable devices isn’t the only interesting tech product Intel unveiled at CES 2015, as the company also announced a tiny device that’s powerful enough to bring PC powers to any TV, including dumber models, and even run Windows 8.1 apps. The Intel Compute Stick is in a way a Chromecast contender, only Intel’s device can do a lot more things than Google’s streaming solution.

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Priced at $149, significantly more expensive than the Chromecast, the Compute Stick packs a quad-core Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB connectivity, mini USB for power and Windows 8.1 under the hood.

If that sounds too pricey, users should know a version of the Compute Stick running Linux would only cost $89, but the model would also only pack 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

Even though the Compute Stick has been officially announced, Intel has yet to provide an actual launch date for the gadget. The company says the tiny TV-bound computer will be launched soon, although an actual release date hasn’t been offered yet.

Looking for more coverage from CES? Be sure to check out our CES 2015 hub!

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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