Intel Compute Stick is a proper PC in a HDMI-connecting dongle

Intel has lifted the lid on the Compute Stick, a tiny dongle PC that plugs into an HDMI socket.

Somewhat foreshadowed by the button-sized Intel Curie computer that was also unveiled at CES 2015, the Intel Compute Stick will be available pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or Linux, with Intel favouring the Ubuntu flavour of the latter.

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Intel’s PC-on-a-stick may be tiny, but it still manages to cram in a quad-core Atom Z3735F processor, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB port, a Micro USB socket for powering it from a mains adapter, and a microSD slot for increasing storage.

The Windows 8.1 version comes with 32GB of built-in drive space and 2GB of RAM, while the low-cost Linux model has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.

And the price of all this miniaturisation magic? Just $150 for the Windows-powered Compute Stick or $89 for the Linux model when they go on sale around March.