How would you like to pay just $99 for a very capable Dell PC that you can carry around in your pocket? Well, starting sometime around June 2013 you’ll be able to.
Although it hasn’t been given an official name yet, Dell is developing the device under the code name “Project Ophelia”.
It’ll look very similar to an over-sized USB thumb drive, run Google’s Android Jelly Bean operating system and plug directly into a monitor or TV (from which it will draw its power). A keyboard and mouse will connect via either USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth, your choice.
This miniature computer obviously won’t come with a hard drive. Instead, you’ll be able to plug in an optional microSD card in order to add up to 32GB of flash memory to its 8GB of internal storage. Also supported are 1080p video and touch screen monitors.
Although the device can run native apps, it is primarily intended to be used as a cloud computing device much like Google’s Chromebook.
The actual release date and retail selling price are yet to be determined, but there are rumors floating around that it will be on store shelves around mid-2013 and sell for slightly less than $100. Be aware that that price will include just the device itself, so if you want one plan to also shell out enough to add a keyboard, mouse and monitor.