Now Intel lauches its HDMI dongle which is powered with a complete Windows 8.1 with Bing copy for just $150. It will give a competition to Google’s Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The Intel Compute Stick will be powered with an Atom Bay Trail processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It connects to a monitor or TV via the HDMI connector, but it also has a microSD card slot (for adding more storage, a regular USB port and a microUSB port that’s intended to be the power connection for the PC.
In terms of connectivity the Intel Compute Stick has a male HDMI port on one end and a microUSB for power. Intel is working on an improved verison that will draw its power from the HDMI port itself, saving you a cable.There’s also a full-size USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
Tom’s Hardware reports that Intel eventually plans to release updated versions of the Compute Stick that would be powered directly from the HDMI port. Future versions could also have Intel chips based on their Cherry Trail and Core M processors.