Intel’s PC-on-a-stick dongle now available for preorder

The Intel Compute Stick, a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port to deliver full computing capability, is now available for preorder.

Newegg is offering preorders of the Compute Stick with a release date of April 24. (Update at 11:11 a.m. PT: now showing out of stock on both with estimated arrival on May 1). The Windows version costs $150 and the Linus version costs $110. Amazon also shows listings for the Windowsand Linux versions, but with no pricing or availability information.

Intel unveiled details on the Compute Stick at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The device is a slim HDMI dongle that connects to a monitor via HDMI. It has an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of onboard RAM, and 32GB of storage.

When Intel showed off the Compute Stick at CES, the company said the Windows 8.1 model would retail for $149. The Linux flavor would retail for $89, it said.

Getting the Compute Stick up and running won’t take much. The device is simply plugged into a monitor’s HDMI port and turned on. Once it boots up, the owner’s operating system of choice is running and with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the device can provide a full computing experience. The Compute Stick is by no means a competitor to a desktop or laptop, but rather an option for people who are on the move and want a quick way to get some work done.

The Compute Stick is also a competitor to the Asus Chromebit announced last week. Like the Compute Stick, the Asus Chromebit connects to an HDMI monitor and with help from Bluetooth, provides a full computing experience. However, the Chromebit is running on Google’s Chrome operating system, rather than the Windows and Linux options available on the Compute Stick. Chromebit is slated to launch this summer for under $100.

Asus Fonepad 8 and new Fonepad 7 with quad-core Intel Atom processors announced

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Asus has announced Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) and a new version of the Fonepad 7 (FE375CG) at the Computex 2014. The Fonepad 8 has a 8-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) IPS display with 5.06mm narrow bezel bezel and a screen-to-body ratio of 72.2%. The Fonepad 7 has a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display. Both these tablets are powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 processor with PowerVR Series 6 GPU and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Zen UI . These tablets also have a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

These have Dual front speakers with SonicMaster technology and Dual SIM support with voice calling capabilities.

Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) specifications

  • 8-inch (1280 x 800) HD IPS display with 10 finger multi-touch and Anti-fingerprint coating
  • 1.83 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor with PowerVR Series 6 – G6430 GPU
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat) with Zen UI
  • 5MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording
  • 2MP front-facing camera with 720p Video Recording
  • 8.9mm thick and weighs 328 grams
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB / 16GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 15.2 Wh battery with up to 10 hours of battery

Asus Fonepad 7 (FE375CG) specifications

  • 7-inch (1280 x 800) HD IPS display with 10 finger multi-touch and Anti-fingerprint coating
  • 1.83 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor with PowerVR Series 6 – G6430 GPU
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat)  with Zen UI
  • 9.8mm thick and weighs 299 grams
  • 5MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording
  • 2MP front-facing camera with 720p Video Recording
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB / 16GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
  • 15Wh battery with up to 10 hours of battery

The Asus Fonepad 8 and the new Fonepad 7 would come in black, white, gold and red colors and would be available sometime in Q3 2014.

Acer Iconia One 7 with 7-inch HD display, Intel Atom Z2560 processor announced

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Acer has just announced the Iconia One 7 (B1-730) at an event in New York. It was leaked recently and packs a 7-inch (1280 × 800 pixels) HD display, powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS that is upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). . It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730) specifications

  • 7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). 
  • 8.9 mm thick and weighs 320 grams
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB /16GB internal storage and expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB
  • 3700mAh battery

The Acer Iconia One 7 comes in a Red, White, Black, Blue and Pink colors. It is priced starting at 139 Euros (Rs. 11600 approx.) and would be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa in middle of May. It is priced at in the US starting at $129.99 (Rs. 7860 approx.) and would be available in June. This definitely seems to be a promising successor of the Iconia B1-720