While the Mini 9 [Portal page] was pretty standard fare as far as netbooks good, the upcoming Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (which Engadget had some hands-on time with at CES) throws us a few welcomed curve-balls. Dell has finally made it official for the US and the Mini 10 will be available for purchase on February 26th.
I’m looking forward to seeing the Mini 10 and here are a few reasons why:
- True widescreen — 16:9 aspect ratio (10.1″)
- Macbook-esque botton+trackpad… trackpad — The entire trackpad clicks down and functions like the mouse button
- Custom multi-touch gesture support (via the trackpad)
- GPS + WWAN
- HDMI out port
- WiFi B/G/N
The official page from Dell also tells us of some upcoming options
- HD capabilities â€“ Enjoy your favorite movies on the optional 720p Hi-def 10.1¨ seamless display.
- More Storage â€“ Do even more with optional 2GB memory and optional 250GB hard drive.
- Navigation â€“ Know your way like the back of your hand using the optional GPS with optional internal WWAN support.
- Design Studio â€“ Personalize your Mini 10 with cool designs from the artist, Tristen Eaton, in Dell’s Design Studio.
- Long battery life â€“ No need to sacrifice weight for battery life. The Inspiron Mini 10 provides extended battery life while keeping the weight of the system under 3 pounds. 3-cell: approx. 3 hours. 6-cell: approx. 6.5 hours.
- The New TV â€“ Watch your favorite TV shows with the internal digital TV tuner.
I’m most excited about the screen which will be able to support native 720p HD (1280×720) content with its 16:9 screen; I just hope the hardware is up to the task of playing that caliber of video!