Dell has officially launched the Inspiron Mini 10v, a slight variation on the existing Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. News about the 10v first leaked a few days ago, but today Dell confirmed the netbook’s existence in a blog post. Oh yeah, it’s also available for order with a starting price of $299.
Like the Inspiron Mini 10, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v has a 10 inch display and an Intel Atom processor. But there are plenty of differences in the details. First, the cheaper Mini 10v does not have an “edge to edge” display like the one found on the Mini 10. And the 10v maxes out at 1024 x 576 pixels, while you can customize your Mini 10 order to include a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display.
The Mini 10 also uses Intel’s more energy efficient Atom Zxx series processors, while the 10v comes with an Intel Atom N270 or N280 CPU. And while Dell will eventually make the Mini 10 available with 2GB of RAM and/or a TV tuner, it sounds like those options will not be available for the Mini 10v.
OK, enough of what the 10v doesn’t have. Here’s what it does. You get 1GB of RAM, an option of a 3 cell or 6 cell battery, Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04 Linux, and an 8 or 16GB solid state drive or a 120GB or 160GB hard drive.
Dell is also launching a new IdeaStorm section, where the company is asking you what you’d like to see in future netbook products.
For more details on the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v, check out the video after the break, where you’ll see how the Mini 10v stacks up against the Mini 10 and the Mini 9.
What exactly does ‘edge-to-edge display’ mean? Are there any images of the Mini 10 and Mini 10v side-by-side to compare the design differences?
It’s a shame that Dell will not be offering the higher resolution display – the 10v could have so easily been the greatest OS X netbook.
I’m starting to see the writing on the wall regarding the abandonment of the 5xx/GMA 500 platform. I’ll be shocked if they fix the driver issues and Linux ever works on these. At least I can use Win 7 for free until next year.
#$%$%@$%%^ Can we please stop putting similarly named netbooks that do nearly the same thing that just chjange one part in the case. The X10…followed by the X10H followed by the X10HP followed by the 10X which is different then the X10 but the same as the 10HPX. Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!
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