Bangalore, May 27 2014: Connect the Dell Wyse Cloud Connect device to a PC monitor or a TV and you have a fully functioning Android- based computing system, as good as any Tablet PC. If your screen is not a Touch device, you can always latch on a keyboard and mouse.
TheCloud Connect is not --yet -- a device aimed at lay users. Rather, says Santosh K. Pandey, Country Manager of the Dell company, Wyse Technology Sales and Marketing India, it is aimed at enterprises which plan on riding the wave called Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD), by letting staff seamlessly access their work in office or at home -- or on the road. Many employees are hassled by having to carry a heavy laptop to and from their work place, and on tours. The Cloud Connect is so small you can it in purse or pocket.
It can be connected to a display or TV or you can use your smart phone as a display, with the HDMI or MHL ( Mobile Hi-Definition Link) port. The device is powered by a Dual-core Cortex-A9 ARM System-on-Chip (SoC) with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of on-board flash storage -- which is similar to any good Tablet. You can expand the storage to an extra 72 GB, with a plug-in Micro SD Card. The device can latch on to any nearby WiFi network for Internet and to Bluetooth to connect any peripherals like a keyboard. The operating system is Android 4.1 Jellybean.
The strength of the device for corporate use is that employers can tailor it, any way they please, to work with Citrix, VMWare, Microsoft or other cloud-based enterprise virtual PC systems. This means the user will stay within the secure office network, no matter where he or she is working.
Dell is targeting enterprises, but it will sell the Wyse device to anyone -- and may discover that lay consumers too, find the idea of a pocket PC too good to resist!
The Dell Wyse Cloud Connect is available globally for $149 which is around Rs 10,000 in India. More details here