Dell first showed off its 10-inch entry to the netbook market at CES, and today we finally learn more about the final shipping configurations.
Detailed on the Direct2Dell blog (opens in new tab), the Dell Mini 10 will be available on the Dell website for consumer orders starting February 26 with configurations beginning at $399.
The base model will come in black, with other colors (likely at a charge) white, pink, blue, green and red. As previously reported, the Dell Mini 10 will come packed with one of two Intel Atom CPU options, the Z520 at 1.33 GHz or the Z530 at 1.66 GHz. Other standard features include the following:
- an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam
- an HDMI out port
- integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi
- a 3-cell 24Whr battery
- 160GB 5400rpm hard drive
- a 4-in-1 memory card reader
With the 3-cell battery, the Mini 10 will weigh 2.86 lbs.
Aside from the HDMI out port, the Mini 10 is starting to read a lot like the rest of the 10-inch netbooks on the market from Asus, Acer and MSI. Even though Dell touted the Mini 10 as being a higher-end netbook with a 720p display and a TV tuner, the initial shipping model will offer neither. Instead, it will have the usual 1024 x 576 like the rest of the pack.
Dell does promise that the 720p display and TV tuner will be coming in future models, as are Bluetooth, integrated GPS and mobile broadband. The company did not offer an ETA on those options, giving the competition some time to beef up their own 10-inch offerings.
GPS, 720P and the ability to surf the net while on the road will make this a truely portable must have device. I cannot stand those little 4 inch GPS's. I hate low resolution, there is never enough information on two 1920x1200 screens on my desktop, 720P is the absolute minimum that I would find useful for my use.
My wife is happy with her 1024x600
Btw, I'd prefer higher res' more than just sheer size of the panel (still with crappy res').
To me the best would be a mininotebook with 9" screen and a 1024x720 to 1366x768 resolution!
I don't care about 3G; people who want to spend little on a (mini)notebook, will also not want to pay monthly 3G fees, and be happy with Wifi.
People who are financially better off might see gold in 3G, but I don't need it.
The most I would need my laptop away from my home wifi, is when I'm using it as a map, routeplanner.
I have a GPS puck to locate myself, and can download maps from the internet for free.
Nah, don't be silly. The size pretty much defines how you use it. 1024x600 is too small. They have done studies to prove that higher resolutions increase productivity.