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July 10, 2014

PC that can fit in your pocket finds Kickstarter success

Tango PC is the size of an iPhone but could replace a desktop.

By Ben Sullivan

A ‘PC that can fit in your pocket’ has successfully raised more than $100,000 in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, surpassing its goal, and is set to head into production.

The Tango PC is ultraportable, and can act as an office as well as entertainment machine with mid-core gaming performance on traditional Windows.

The slim, pocket-sized machine weighs less than 7 ounces, fitting what amounts to a full range of desktop components in a package about the size of an iPhone 5s. The specifications include an AMD A6-5200 2 GHz quad-core processor, DDR3 RAM (from 2-8GB), SSD hard drive (from 32GB-1TB or higher), 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x HDMI port, headphone jack and internal Wi-Fi.

As for the operating system, Windows 7/8 is certified to run on Tango, but any OS compatible with a laptop PC should work, such as Linux, Unix and Chromium OS.

The docking stations priced just at $99 each ($89 on KickStarter) claim to replace expensive desktops, IPTV boxes and older gaming consoles, and thus can save money on hardware and software because users can just carry one PC for everything everywhere.

The project creator said on the Kickstarter page: Now, thanks to Tango, which I keep in my pocket all the time, I have replaced all the desktops, gaming consoles and IPTV boxes with $89 docking stations. I carry with me all my applications and all my games in one single device, and no longer need additional licenses for software and games."

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"We have worked for over two years to make this technology work. We do not foresee scalability issues because we have worked actively to ensure that it is solved first hand before we even had a working prototype. We have a relationship with the world’s top 10 ODM to deliver a reliable product with manufacturing volumes that can scale. The electronics for Tango is built by them. The mechanical components manufacturing and assembly will be done [by] reputed manufacturers in Asia."

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