Dell Project Ophelia Android USB set to launch in July

Dell Project Ophelia Android USB set to launch in July

Summary: Dell's thumb-sized Android USB device, revealed at CES, is set to ship in July this year. Good news for security-conscious IT staff?


Dell's latest move to insinuate itself into the Android market, Project Ophelia, will be hitting our shelves soon.


Project Ophelia was first shown off at this year's CES. The device -- akin to a USB memory stick -- can be plugged into any monitor or display through the HDMI port to transform it into a smart device. Dell's Project Ophelia will then give both consumers and businesses access to data remotely, providing a virtual window without the need for a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Supporting both private and corporate content, the USB-enabled gadget connects to virtualization platforms from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, increasing security required by those who have to tote information around. IT managers concerned with security have the power to manage and secure individual devices, and so data can be wiped from Ophelia in the case of theft or loss. Administrators can also use the "cloud client manager" to keep tabs on how and where Ophelia is being used.

In addition, Ophelia is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, can connect to peripherals including keyboards and mice, and will run Android 4.0.

Consumers may also find the gadget useful, as it can transform any display in to a console in which to download apps, play Android games, watch movies or use services such as Hulu and Netflix; Jeff McNaught, executive director of cloud client computing at Dell told PC World.

Ophelia also comes with Wyse's PocketCloud, which allows users to access files stored on PCs, servers or mobile devices including tablets and smartphones.

The gadget will cost $100 and begin shipping in July, although Android developers will have the first chance to get their hands on Ophelia.

Topic: Dell

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  • No Windows Version?

    By the time Microsoft gives the necessary permissions to produce a Windows version of this device, the Android ones will be onto their 2nd or 3rd generation.

    Just as with phones and tablets, Microsoft is no longer leading the market, just trying vainly to keep up with it, running like some bald, sweating, overweight, out-of-condition jogger...
    • And they have been doing that for 30 years

      As much as I like and use Microsoft they have never really been the innovator. DOS was not a Microsoft invention, the windows UI either (it wasn't Apple either it was Xerox). Microsoft has made their mark by figuring out what people wanted and providing it. That said I predicted in the early 90s that Microsoft to go the way of IBM long before now but somehow they keep pulling the rabbit out of the hat.
      As far as this goes Microsoft has made a move or two in this direction, if it is something that people want you can bet Microsoft will go there too.
      • "the Windows UI ... wasn't Apple ... it was Xerox"

        Apple took the smalltalk UI / OS well beyond anything Xerox imagined, and then Microsoft totally ripped off the Mac UI - they virtually admitted as much when MS settled their lawsuit with Apple and paid to license their UI concept (and screwed Apple a second time by getting the license on the cheap, in exchange for continuing to produce MS Office for Mac).

        If I had a $ for every time some winfanboi whines "it was xerox not apple", I'd be... Apple.
    • Zdindowzz

      LOL @ ZDnet userzzzzz, no windows version? hehe
      Adam Ridley
  • What's with the glasses?

    If the glasses are to show scale, it's quite misleading.
    • Re: If the glasses are to show scale, it's quite misleading.

      Why misleading?
  • Other Android 4.1+ MiniPCs, PCSticks or TVBoxes

    The scale shown in the graphic is identical to that for my glasses and a similar Chinese MiniPC, the UG007 II. The size of 50+ of these devices, which range in cost from about US$40 to US$80, is about 3.524 in (89.53 mm) x 3.524 in (89.53 mm) x 0.459 in (11.67 mm).

    Android appears to have a lock on the OS for low-cost USB MiniPC sticks.

    See my "Comparing Dell/Wyse’s “Project Ophelia” with the UG007 MiniPC" article ( and other posts for examples of current MiniPC sticks for adding Smart TV features and running information-worker apps.
  • Edit to "Other Android 4.1+ MiniPCs, PCSticks or TVBoxes"

    The width dimension should have been 1.575 in (40.00 mm).
  • A good idea, but

    People already have increasingly powerful portable cpu's in their hands now, which they use every day - their smartphones. The idea whose time has come would seem to be a successful leveraging of this into real platform agnostic convergence. For instance, take a look at this project over on Kickstarter. My favorite part? The 30+ hour battery life that charges your phone at the same time!!!
    • Re: which they use every day - their smartphones

      This is smaller than a smartphone.