Dell Mini 10 to come with WiMAX option soon?

The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook is already available with WiFi, Bluetooth, and an optional HSPA 3G modem. But it looks like a 4G WiMAX modem might be available soon as well. Wireless Goodness spotted an FCC filing for a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 with WiMAX.

It’s not clear from the filing whether Dell will be partnering with a WiMAX provider such as Sprint or CLEAR to bundle the netbook with a data plan, or if the mini-laptop will be sold unlocked. Honestly, I think it makes more sense to just purchase a USB WiMAX or 3G module that you can use with any laptop rather than tying your wireless broadband plan to a single computer. But that might just be me. I suppose it’s nice not to have to carry around the extra USB dongle.

Aside from the addition of WiMAX, the new version of the Mini 10 looks to be about the same as other models, which I assume means it has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter.