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Dell Adds GPS to Mini 10


Dell Adds GPS to Mini 10

If the lack of an optional GPS module has been putting you off buying a Dell Mini 10 (and why wouldn't it?) then you can look forward to next week when the "Dell Wireless 700 location solution" will be made available as an upgrade module, bringing A-GPS to the netbook.

The module uses a Broadcom A-GPS chip and will also provide Wi-Fi location, via Skyhook Wireless, which relies on access points offering their location information to provide a rough (10m-20m) position.

Software-wise Dell is bundling Co-Pilot making it possible to use the Mini 10 as a large, portable sat-nav; albeit a highly impractical one. Admittedly the 10in screen should best most add-in sat-navs for 2D and 3D map display, if not ease of mounting.

Dell will also be pre-installing a Web browser search plug-in called Loki, which offers location-based results as well as hooking into 'location-aware' sites such as Flikr.

Whether the Dell Wireless 700 location solution will be an upgrade option for Mini 10s outside of the US is unknown as yet. If it doesn't come in the Mini 10, though, it's not unlikely we'll see it included in a different system eventually.


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July 1, 2009, 5:54 pm

Does it come with a car dashboard mount ;)


July 1, 2009, 6:15 pm

all it needs now is an integreated 3g module, the ability to upgrade the RAM to 2GB and a SSD hard drive and then thats the netbook for me :-)


July 1, 2009, 11:21 pm

I'm still confused about A-GPS...does this mean that the Dell's GPS is the pay-per-MB/minute kind? Or is it a GPS module with A-GPS that you can turn off...and if A-GPS is pay-per-whatever (and I really don't know) how do they decide how you pay...since A-GPS on mobile's is clearly billed through the SIM.


July 2, 2009, 3:19 am

i guess it just uses the wi-fi to assist the GPS if required - if wi-fi isn't available it will just use normal GPS


July 2, 2009, 4:07 am


I'm pretty sure that the A in A-GPS just stands for assisted. It just helps you lock onto satellites etc faster and with more accuracy.

I have it on my Nokia E71, and it works brilliantly. I have certainly never been charged anything for it, through the sim or otherwise.


July 2, 2009, 4:41 pm

I concur with what purephrase mentioned. I don't think all networks support aGPS but I'm on '3' and it definitely works(E71). About 1-2 minutes to get a fix with aGPS VS around 6-7 minutes without.


July 3, 2009, 9:37 pm

There are people who do work out of cars eg salesmen, so for such folks a light, affordable laptop that can be used to view and plan trips is quite relevant.

And no, not everyone needs or wants to have a map in front of their face to navigate. So it makes sense.

Also there are social tools such as Google Lattitude that would make use of the GPS locational service. And advertisements and search services too. This is the way things are headed. Its a bit backwards to the thinking only of navigation when you hear the letter GPS. "Location" is more the thing.


July 5, 2009, 1:08 am

the assisted part of aGPS means that as well as using satellites the unit will triangulate using mobile phone cell towers, it doesn't cost anything and is useful in cities etc when it can sometimes be hard to lock on to satellites.

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