Intel Compute Stick upgrades with Core M processors and Windows 10 OS

Intel Compute Stick upgrades with Core M processors and Windows 10 OS

Intel has announced an upgraded Compute Stick at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas. The new Intel Compute Stick comes with Core M processors and runs on Windows 10 operating system out of the box.

The original Intel Compute Stick was launched last year with the ability to transform any of compatible HDTV into a full-fledged Windows running computer. To expand that ability, Intel reached at the CES on Wednesday and unveiled the upgraded Compute Stick that you may consider as the Compute Stick second-generation.

Compared to the last year’s Compute Stick variants that have Intel Atom processors and Windows 8.1, the new Compute Stick has Intel Core M (Skylake) processors and Windows 10 operating system. There is also 4GB of RAM, 64GB eMMC storage and a microSD card slot for up to 128GB storage expansion.

Intel Compute Stick with Core M processors and Windows 10 OS

Intel Compute Stick now with Intel Core M processors and Windows 10 OS

The new Intel Compute Stick comes in two different variants. While the one variant comes with Intel Core m3 and Windows 10 out of the box, the other one has Intel Core m5 and no operating system. Both the variants have Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 and Bluetooth 4.1 wirelessly connectivity options as well as an HDMI 1.4b, two USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0. The chip maker is additionally offering an SKU option with Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro to deliver a more secure experience over the primary variants.

Windows 10 running Intel Compute Stick (STK2M3W64CC) will be available for purchase with a price tag of $399 (approximately Rs. 27,000), whereas the Intel Compute Stick (STK2MV64CC) without an operating system will be available for $499 (approximately Rs. 33,000). Both the variants will be available starting February this year.

The new Compute Stick addresses most of the issues that were found on its predecessor. It delivers faster performance and consumes less power. Also, it has enough connectivity options, especially plenty of USB ports to offer you the same I/O interface that you have on your desktop or notebook.

In addition to the new Core M-powered models, Intel has announced a new Compute Stick with quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor and Windows 10 operating system. This model has 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage, and is already available for $159 (approximately Rs. 11,000).

The arrival of the new Compute Stick not only brings affordable and portable computing experience to masses but also silently promotes Microsoft’s Windows 10. The operating system is already running on over 200 million devices across the globe.

Categories: CES 2016, Computers