Dell has posted a service manual, setup guide, tech sheet, and teghnology guide for the Inspiron Mini 10 on its web site. Dell started taking orders for its new 10 inch netbook this week, but the product isn’t expected to begin shipping for another month or so.
Right now the Inspiron Mini 10 is only available with your standard netbook specs including a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 pixel display, 160G hard drive, and 1GB of RAM and Windows XP. It does buck the trend by offering a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 or 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU instead of the usual Atom N270 or N280 processors. But what really makes this netbook exciting are the options that dell has yet to offer, including a higher resolution display and an optional TV tuner.
The service manual confirms that some of the things are on the way. For instance, there are instructions for removing the optional TV tuner, and detailed information about Ubuntu Linux, which points to the fact that Dell will soon offer a Linux option. The netbook also has space for two separate wireless cards: 1 for WiFi, and another for 3G mobile broadband. And the touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
It looks like most upgrades or repairs will be performed by lifting the keyboard, rather than through access panels on the bottom of the netbook like the ones on the Inspiron Mini 9.
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