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Mini 10 Netbook Hits Dell Website

Gordon Kelly


Mini 10 Netbook Hits Dell Website

The Samsung NC10 may currently send most shivers up our spines but the Koreans better look out with this little sucker going live...

The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 so far looks the netbook to beat in 2009 (I've tried it) and seeing the diddy laptop's page finally appear on the company site is cause for celebration.

Not too much celebration however as while we see the confirmation of much goodness here:

  • The option for 2GB RAM

  • Up to a 250GB HDD

  • 10in 16:9 aspect ratio screen

  • 6-cell battery life providing up to 6.5 hours of operation

  • Edge to edge keyboard and screen

  • HDMI out
...other killers such as the choice of a 1366 x 768 native resolution, integrated HSDPA, GPS and Bluetooth have all been omitted from the upgrades list for now. There is also no sign of the mooted Tristen Eaten specialist artwork finishes, just the six stock colours of red, pink, blue, green, white and black (think I'd go red).

Still, if you can't wait/don't care for these additional lovelies then you'll be chuffed to hear orders start for the Mini 10 on 26 February with prices beginning at $399 (approx £280). Expect Dell UK to follow suit any minute.

Personally, I'm holding fire for the higher screen res... ...and err, maybe ION.

In related news Dell is also trying to get the copyright revoked from the phrase 'netbook'. I can see a few lawyers getting rich off that one.


Mini 10 Product Page

Tony Walker

February 21, 2009, 6:49 am

I should think a company the size of Dell could get the "netbook" issue resolved rather switfly by dropping a few bob in the direction of Psion who may be glad of it in the current economic climate, even in their current vertical markets.

BTW, all Psion need to do to clean up in the Netbook market is redevelop the 7 with Atom internals and a better than 640x480 screen. The keyboard is perfect as is the form factor.


February 21, 2009, 2:29 pm

Hmm, HDMI out with no hope of playing anything approaching even 720P? I'll wait for ION...


February 21, 2009, 11:31 pm

It would be good to see how this will stack up against the Samsung NC20.

Oliver Levett

February 22, 2009, 2:39 am

I'm guessing a 1.6GHz atom again?

But what OS? Probably not allowed to license XP with 2GB of RAM, and Vista is crap, so Ubuntu?


February 22, 2009, 6:59 pm

Whatever they put on it I'd install the Windows7 beta. Shame they stopped giving out new keys now though.


February 22, 2009, 9:57 pm

@ jopey - They're still giving keys out if you need one:



February 23, 2009, 4:00 pm


'If you're not desperate to grab one now, Dell says that Mini 10 optional features planned for later this year include an internal digital TV tuner, optional mobile broadband, optional built-in GPS, up to 2GB RAM and 250GB hard drive and a version running Ubuntu 8.04. '



February 25, 2009, 1:36 am

"But what OS? Probably not allowed to license XP with 2GB of RAM, and Vista is crap, so Ubuntu?"

I lol'd.


February 27, 2009, 10:50 pm

Too little too late. It comes with a 3-cell battery compared to the 6-hour 6-cell battery in the Samsung NC10, and if you upgrade it to the NC10 spec otherwise (160 GB HD plus BT) it costs as much &#163349 with half the autonomie. Samsung are about to release the NC20 with a 12" screen, which is what Dell should have done with a 6-hour battery. BTW it runs WinXP-home with 1GB RAM like most others.

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