Microsoft partners with Indian vendor for PC-on-a-stick device

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Microsoft has partnered with iBall – an Indian hardware vendor – to release iBall Splendo – a first of its kind compact and affordable Windows 8.1 powered PC-on-a-stick device that can convert a TV into a fully functional PC and a Smart TV.

The device is priced at INR 8,999 (~$147) only, which includes a wireless deskset (mouse and keyboard), all the user has to do is plug the device into the HDMI input on the TV for a complete Windows PC experience.

Speaking on the occasion, Vineet Durani – Director Windows Business Group, Microsoft India said: “The iBall Splendo is for people who love devices and want to be connected all the time using multiple form factors. These users are tech enthusiasts who love gadgets, have access to multiple TVs at home, love the Smart TV experience and use Windows for browsing, social networking and multimedia consumption.”

Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director iBall commented “The new era of exciting, easy to use, miniaturized and affordable devices is becoming the trend. iBall Splendo PC-On-Stick is one such device which will be useful for every home and office conference room providing different dimensions to use the PC as well as get great multimedia and internet experience by attaching it to the TV. A true convergence of technology for every age group and for every need!”

“The Intel® Processor based Splendo adds a new dimension to computing as we know it. Whether one needs to develop digital signage, add intelligence to a conference room projector or deploy a room full of PCs running the same operating system, the Splendo delivers the performance, cost and size that users’ need while efficiently meeting their computing needs anywhere and at any time” said Sandeep Aurora, Director – Marketing and Market Development, Intel South Asia.

The iBall Splendo is a compact device that can fit neatly into your pocket. It is powered by the Intel Atom Quad-core processor, runs Windows 8.1 and has a 2 GB RAM with 32GB in-built memory. When connected to a TV, through its HDMI male plug, the device can turn the TV into a PC – complete with features including HD graphics, multi-channel digital audio, a micro SDXC slot, Normal USB port, Micro USB port, Wi-Fi and in-built Bluetooth 4.0. The device has a fanless design and comes with a one-year warranty.

The fully functional PC set-up can be used for work, such as checking emails and document editing. Because of its small size, it is portable and can be carried along while travelling on work as a replacement for the laptop. It can also be used for entertainment purposes, surfing through YouTube/videos, browsing photos and play games on TV.

iBall Splendo will be available for sale beginning of July across the country. It will also be broadly available on IT and TV retail channels.