Dell just pulled the wraps off of something I totally hadn’t been expecting but probably should have: a 10 inch netbook. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 will help fill the gap between the company’s 9 inch netbook and 12 inch notebook (which I still say is too big to call a netbook, but which is obviously part of the same product family as the Inspiron Mini 9).
Dell says the Mini 10 will have an “edge to edge” 16:9 HD 720Pdiisplay, which I assume means very little bezel around the side of the screen. it’ll also have an “edge to edge” keyboard, a built-in TV tuner, built-in GPS, mobile broadband, and 802.11n. The touchpad will support multi-touch and the netbook will feature an Intel Atom Z530 CPU, which makes me wonder if Dell is thinking about slapping Windows Vista or Windows 7 on the machine instead of Windows XP.
I’m guessing all of those multimedia features are going to make this netbook a bit more expensive than the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, but I wouldn’ t be surprised if some of the features like the TV Tuner were actually just optional components.
No word on the final pricing or release date yet.
Is there an option for Linux instead of Windows? Will the Linux version again be crippled (e.g. less SSD space as in the Mini 9)?
Most important: Is there a matte screen option available? Glare and reflections on glossy displays hurt the usability of a portable device, especially working outside, on the train, or elsewhere you do not have control over the lighting situation.
The keyboard looks great. Standard layout, edge-to-edge, proper right shift key, function keys along the top, etc. Great.
A lot of issues that aren’t so clear yet though, which is ODD.
Does it have an SSD or a HDD? I’m guessing the former given the thickness looks the same as the Mini 9, but who knows?
The screen resultion is seeing a lot of different reports, again odd given that some of these people have actually handled the thing. Laptop Magazine reports the Mini 10 has a 1024 x 576 display (gack!), the Dell Powerpoint slide says only 720p (which you’d assume means 1280×720) as does Electronista. We can only hope Laptop Mag is wrong.
And that video port on the side? Laptop mag says its HDMI, which would be great for me but a non-starter for business users. I’m guessing its really a DisplayPort, with dongles available for both VGA and HDMI (though with no audio). I can’t believe the Adamo would show up with DisplayPort and the Mini 10 would use HDMI.
It has an HDMI port. Check the images.
That actually looks promising, I hope the keyboard has dedicated function keys and a standard staggered layout for the Q,A,Z rows.
More and more, I’m glad I bought the Mini 9, before many optional features become standard. I am a true netbook user–I just want to be on the Internet and type light documents with it. I have a notebook that does all the other stuff. The Mini 9 is a bit of a mess when you first get it, but after some tweaking and de-bugging, it works just fine and is exactly right for a netbook.
Its funny, someone had previously posted on the forums a typo calling the Mini 12 a Mini 10, and caught flack for it. I guess they must have been known more than the rest of us!!
Great news! But 16:9 makes me sad.. I’d rather have those precious 30 or so pixels of vertical space which is more important than the occasional watching of movies..
They’re also going to have a high resolution version available, probably 1366 x 768, like that of the HP Mini-note 2140. That’ll cut down on vertical scrolling and allow side-by-side page viewing, etc., but probably come at a premium cost and probably cause Microsoft to disallow XP.
Actually Electronista says it’s 1280 x 720 (here). That’s not quite as good as the HP 2140, but it’s way better than normal netbooks.
The netbook the Mini 12 should have been? Don’t disappoint me again Dell :'(
It’s success depends on if they mess up the keyboard again.
Sounds nice, but sounds quite spendy.
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