Computer Stick project puts Cherry Trail in the palm of your hand


— 4:56 PM on September 25, 2015

Did you find the Intel Compute Stick concept interesting? Here's another take on the formula. The Computer Stick Indiegogo project wants to add a little oomph to the nano-PC concept with Intel Cherry Trail Atom SoCs.

The new contender comes in three variations: Ultra, Pro, and Basic. The two higher-end models in particular caught our eye. The Computer Stick Ultra packs 4GB of RAM and an Atom x7-Z8700 SoC, which contains a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz base and 2.4GHz turbo speeds. 64GB of storage are complemented by a microSD slot. The Wi-Fi adapter is also upgraded from Intel's standard spec: you get an 802.11ac adapter with an external antenna.

Meanwhile, the Pro version drops down to 2GB of RAM and an Atom x5-Z8300 SoC, whose quad-core CPU has 1.44GHz base and 1.84GHz turbo clocks. Buyers will get 32GB of storage in this model. Finally, the Basic version is arguably less interesting, but still noteworthy. The more affordable model packs 2GB of RAM and an Atom Z3735F SoC, with four cores clocked at 1.33GHz base and 1.83GHz turbo speeds. Onboard storage remains at 32GB, but Wi-Fi connectivity drops back to the 802.11n standard.

The Computer Stick measures 4" x 2" x 0.3" (or 102 mm x 51 mm x 6.4 mm) with the included antenna, and weighs 5 oz (or 142g). According to the project page, the Computer Stick will be manufactured by "one of the world's leading TV manufacturers." The project has received over $216,000 in funding, exceeding a $30,000 initial goal with nine days left to go.

If the project team carries through, contributors are supposed to get their hands on the Stick around the December holidays. Early-bird pricing is $250 for the Ultra and $175 for the Pro versions, while the Basic model will set buyers back $125.

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