The Mini 10 has long looked the most exciting challenger to the Samsung NC10 for title of Sweetest & Most Totally Cool Netbook (and official title) and now it's adding the specs to prove it...
After a rather limp initial launch the Mini 10 has finally seen its primary differentiator appear on the Dell site: the option of a 10.1in 1366 x 768, 720p friendly native display. This is a huge step up from the standard 1024 x 576 resolution previously available, providing roughly twice the desktop real estate. It is also the first 10in netbook to make the jump.
Perhaps most encouragingly however this upgrade comes at a cost of just $35 (£24).
Elsewhere options for wireless n ($25) and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR ($20) have appeared and users have the choice between a Z530 (1.6GHz) and Z620 (1.33GHz) Atom CPU and 120/160GB 2.5in 5,400rpm HDD. Restrictions include a limitation to Windows XP SP3 and 1GB RAM. Other killer features like the six cell battery (up to 6.5 hours claimed), GPS and internal HSDPA have yet to appear but should be due imminently.
Couple all this with a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, keyboard with 92 per cent full sized keys, HDMI output, wide touchpad and some genuinely sexy styling and expectations are high. Available now in the US, expect the UK site to be updated any minute. Still, for the full array you may need to drum your fingers for a few more weeks yet.