Dell is rolling out a handful of new features for its 10 inch netbook lineup. First up, the Inspiron Mini 10 is finally available with an integrated GPS tuner, something Dell has been promising since early this year. This makes the Mini 10 one of the only netbooks available with integrated GPS, a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display, and an optional TV tuner (although I’d steer away from getting the TV tuner for now).
For some reason the GPS tuner doesn’t show up on the configuration page. The only mention of this feature is on the main Dell Inspiron Mini page. Either Dell is including the GPS receiver with every model or the company is still working on updating the web site. If you want to be absolutely certain the netbook you order includes the GPS receiver, you might want to contact Dell customer service when placing your order.
Dell is also offering the Inspiron Mini 10v with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU. Up until now the netbook was only available with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor. The faster processor is available as a $25 upgrade.
Update: And the GPS note has been removed from Dell’s website. Looks like someone jumped the gun on this one. thanks Houston!
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Just got off the phone with Sales at Dell and there is NO GPS in the mini 10. They did indead have it on their web site but took it down shortly after they posted it. Not sure why, they did not offer me an explanation. I am sure there will be some refunds going on. I did not order one as I am going to wait for the GPS. DELL, they are loosing my confidence in them, but that is a story for another time.
Not sure the processor “upgrade” is worth it. Benchmarks show very little if any benefit. Integrated GPS would be great as long as you can turn off the radio when you are not using it.
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