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Dell launches new Android HDMI dongle with desktop virtualization

Dell has launched its new $130 Wyse Cloud Connect. The Android based HDMI dongle can turn your display into a virtualized desktop computer.
January 30, 2014
Dell Android Dongle

Dell has just launched a new Android based HDMI dongle, which can transform any display into a virtualized desktop computer. Portability is the essence of mobile technology, but Dell aims to go one better by packing in as many feature as possible into its tiny USB sized computer.

Dell’s Wyse Cloud Connect can be hooked up to any TV or display with an HDMI or MHL port. The little device comes with full support for mice and keyboards via Bluetooth or a mini-USB port, so productivity won’t be an issue. The dongle itself is barely any bigger than your standard flash drive, but packs sufficient punch to output at full-HD 1080p.

Whilst Android dongle computers have been available for a long time, this dongle offers access to Dell’s own desktop virtualization software via its Wyse Cloud Connect app and your choice of client, either Citrxi, Microsoft or VMWare. So on top of a full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience, you’ll also have full access to your Windows or Mac machines.

Hardware specs are a little thin on the ground, but Dell has listed the device as running on a “multi-core” Cortex A9 CPU, it has 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal flash memory, microSD card slot with support for an additional 72GB of storage, and the dongle can display an output resolution of up to 1080p.

The Dell Wyse Cloud Connect also features a range of connectivity options, including a HDMI/MHL output, a DisplayPort video interface, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi adapter, 1x USB mini connecter for peripherals, 1x Micro USB port, and Bluetooth V3 connectivity to support a range of wireless peripherals.

The Wyse Cloud Connect dongle is currently priced at $129 on the company’s website, however Dell is apparently more interested in targeting business clients than the regular consumer. The dongle’s permissions are currently managed through Dell’s business grade Wyse Cloud Client Manager software, but Dell’s VP and GM of cloud client computing, Steve Lalla, said that “It’ll bleed into the consumer space” eventually.