Dell showcased the new version of its incredibly popular Dell Mini 10 netbook today at CES 2010, and it’s been loaded up with what we’ve come to expect of top-of-the-line netbooks – an Atom N450 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of space. However, Dell is upping the ante with new options for multimedia use.
It comes with a boatload of custom options, including 720p HD capability on its 1366 x 768 pixel screen, a hi-def TV tuner, GPS service, and a HD processor to manage more intensive video content. It will run Windows 7 and comes with a useful 9-hour battery life.
The new Dell Mini 10 will be available this month, $300 and counting once you add those sexy new features.
It’s decked out with the OPhone OS and looks like a pretty clever (though enormous) replica of the original Dell Mini 3i, which you can see below.
Be sure to check out Shanzai’s video of the modder at work.
It seems like netbook manufacturers are giving into peer pressure and are simultaneously upgrading their models with the Intel Atom N450 CPU. Dell and Fujitsu were the first to announce the switch to the improved CPU, now it is HP’s turn to join in on the fun.
HP has announced that its Mini 210 netbook, revealed a couple of months back, will be using the N450 processor. The new model is set out to replace the company’s HP Mini 110.
Standard features include:
- 1 GB of RAM
- 160 GB-250 GB HDD
- Windows 7
The Mini 210 will be sold for around $321, and the release date for the netbook is still unknown. The device should experiemce stiff competition in the netbook market, which has shown tremendous growth over the past year.
Image Via Engadget
Dell’s 10-inch netbook has gotten an upgrade. The new Dell Mini 10 will implement Intel’s 1.66GHz Pineview Atom N450 processor, replacing the current Mini 10 and 10V which use Z520 and N270 processors. The Mini 10 will be offered starting January 7th with your choice of Windows 7 or Ubuntu Linux. In addition to the processor upgrade, the Mini 10 will change some features, adding in a new textured palm rest and scrapping the multi-gesture capabilities of the trackpad. However, the integrated trackpad buttons will remain.
A few optional features have also become available with this new model. They include 3G or GPS Bluetooth, Broadcom Crystal HD Solution software, and a built-in TV tuner. The battery can now also be upgraded to a 6-cell battery. Luckily, the base price of the netbook will remain the same at $299.
Image Via UberGizmo
In a move to green up its products, Dell has begun releasing its Dell Mini 10 netbook with renewable bamboo packaging instead of the standard plastic and cardboard of days gone by. It’s supposed to be a win-win situation, where Dell saves money and offers consumers a way to feel good about themselves in return.
The outer box is made from 25% recycled materials and bamboo will replace the paper, foam, and cardboard used in older packaging. The Inspiron Mini 10 and Mini 10v will be the first netbooks to get the setup, but Dell hopes to expand the number of products using greener packaging in the near future.
Bamboo stalks, as it were, can grow two feet a day in the proper conditions. Their speedy growth and strength makes them useful and and a great green alternative to traditional paper products. Just so you know.
Sprint has just recently announced that it will be getting in on the netbook action and will be starting off with the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. According to Kevin Packingham, the senior vice president of Product Development at Sprint, the “Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is a fun way to easily access the speeds of Sprint’s network to catch-up on e-mail, surf the Web and more.”
Features of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook include a 10.1″ screen display with 1024×600 resolution, an Intel Atom Z520 processor, Integrated Intel 500 Media Accelerator graphics, a 160 GB hard drive, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11g), Microsoft Windows Home XP (SP3), and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.
With a two-year contract, the Dell Mini 10 netbook would cost $199.99, after a $100 mail in rebate.
We haven’t introduced many netbook accessories recently, but here’s a seemingly fun one. It’s called the “Coffee Break” netbook decal for the Dell Mini 10 netbook and can be easily applied and peeled off your netbook (and leave no sticky residue). Since it’s made of high-quality vinyl, it’s also supposedly scratch resistant.
Looks like there’s even more competition with telecom retailers now. Starting today, Cellular South will be taking preorders for the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook at their website. The company claims that this netbook is going to be on sale within the next couple of days.
If you’re interested in jumping on the netbook train, you can learn more about the Mini 10 here and here. This netbook weighs roughly 2.6 pounds and has an edge-to-edge keyboard. It also has the usual 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive, and runs on the Intel Atom Z520 processor.
The Dell Mini 10 will cost $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Cellular South data/mobile broadband contract.
Cellular South has recently announced some netbook-related news that may interest a few of you.
The first bit of info is that the provider will offer Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbooks “soon” at $199 for a two-year, $39.99/month plan. The Mini 10 is the latest member of the Dell Inspiron Mini line which includes the Dell Mini 9, Mini 12, and upcoming Mini 11.
The second release is a bit more interesting and deals with Cellular South’s new “Netbook Design Challenge”. The contest is to design a wallpaper with the above logo worked into the design. Categories include “abstract art, sports, outdoors, old school and the future.”
Three contestants weekly will win $250 cash prizes and a $1500 grand prize will also be rewarded. The grand prize also includes a free netbook and a year worth of high-speed mobile broadband service.
Netbooks are becoming ever more versatile nowadays. The latest news is that Dell plans to release a GPS and Wi-Fi card that can be used with existing Dell netbooks, more specifically, with the Dell Mini 10.
The Wireless 700 card essentially allows Dell netbooks to function a fully-equipped GPS system with turn-by-turn navigation. Customers will have the choice to purchase it for $69 when they order their netbook.
The Wi-Fi card is a combination of Broadcom‘s GPS technology and Skyhook Wireless’ positioning solutions. The navigation software is similar to that of standard GPS systems. It allows users to access 2D and 3D map views and save addresses in the memory.
For international travelers that have to pay roaming fees, having a GPS system on a netbook may be a much cheaper alternative. Also, GPS-equipped netbooks are also handy in areas where there is weak cellphone coverage.
The plan may not interest those that think netbooks are more of a pain to transport and use than other devices that also have GPS functions (like iPhones). The maps are free for those who purchase the netbook and Wi-Fi card, users may eventually be charged for map updates.
The GPS/Wi-Fi cards from Dell are planned to go on sale on July 7th, and at the end of the month, Dell plans to offer other netbook accessories, such as car chargers and docks.
Dell’s new business plan has taken some hints from the age-old mantra of real estate – location, location, location. The PC giant’s new location-based netbook program may garner it far more buyers for its Inspiron Mini line.
Hopefully, Dell will be able to differentiate its netbooks from the machines of competitors like HP, Acer, and ASUS. Second only to HP in computer sales, the new changes by Dell could have wide-reaching effects.
Location-based services got a major boost in eminence since the release of the eternally useful iPhone. Combined with 3G internet, Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10 netbooks could become a new generation of take-anywhere devices.
Via CNN Money.
In addition to the new color scheme, the Dell Mini 10 netbook now comes with an internal TV tuner as well. This week only, the Mini 10 has a $749 special that includes a built-in digital TV tuner card. This feature is rumored to be optional after the weekly special expires.
While the current color offerings do not cost extra, customized designs and patterns will. $145 extra, in fact. Two designs that the Dell Mini 10 can come in are shown below. They were designed by ‘urban artist’ Tristan Eaton. The first one is called The Muse.
Are the new features really worth their price tags?
Dell is announcing some classy additions to its Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. Under the moniker of Inspiron Mini 10v, the new Dell machine – starting at $299 – will feature a 92%-of-standard-size keyboard, Ubuntu or XP, a webcam, 1 GB of RAM and the option of Bluetooth.
Consumers will get the choice of a 120 or 160 GB HDD for their Mini 10v netbook, with a 16 GB SSD or the option of an 8 GB drive for Ubuntu machines.
The most exciting part? New colors! The new color scheme includes colors like “Obsidian Black, Alpine White, Cherry Red, Promise Pink (in the United States only—sorry, Canada and Latin America), Ice Blue, Jade Green and Passion Purple,” set to class up Dell netbooks everywhere.
With these new options, the updated Dell Mini 10 will cost $399. A 32 GB SSD is $75, and a 64 GB SSD will cost you $125.
Other updates include a 15$ 3-cell battery that gets you 25% more battery life than the old version. Curiously enough, the Ubuntu Dell Mini 10’s display can be upgraded to a 1366 x 768 HD screen, which for some reason isn’t offered for XP versions.
Regardless, Linux users are sure to be pleased by the new updates. Dell is notable for offering its netbooks in a lot of varieties, and this latest development is right in line with that philosophy.
Today we’ll be focusing on something that seems to be on everyone’s mind – 3G netbooks. I’ve gotten several emails asking about the matter, so today’s ASK NBB hopes to conquer the question once and for all.
“I’m curious about 3G netbooks. Could you tell me about some netbook models that use 3G and what the future of 3G is for the industry? And what is the best mobile broadband plan for netbooks?
Thanks a lot!”Steve M.
I’m glad you asked, Steve. Since the release of the iPhone 3G the usefulness of the feature has been demonstrated in the hands of everyone lucky enough to get their hands on one. Adding 3G to netbooks makes them truly wireless tools, released from the bounds of the internet you’re getting at home or at work.
With 3G capability, you can use your netbook as a GPS system in the car, for last-minute work during a morning train commute, or while relaxing in a park far from Wi-Fi access. Sounds pretty good. So what netbooks out there will get you 3G?
Recent weeks have brought a horde of new 3G netbook releases, with both the Neo 101 and 720p Dell Mini 10 being released in the past few days alone. Lenovo also updated its virulently successful IdeaPad line with a new 3G netbook just four days ago.
The swift gains in 3G netbooking are no surprise – China Mobile, a 3G wireless provider, recently partnered with six other netbook manufacturers in order to spread 3G far and wide. The Dell Mini 10 was a product of that union, and with manufacturers “Lenovo, Founder Technology, Tsinghua Tongfang, Haier Group, [and] Hewlett-Packard” on board as well it’s looking like China Mobile’s netbook 3G is going to get very big very quickly.
So what about mobile broadband plans for netbooks? The main contenders are Verizon, which plans to subsidize the HP Mini 1000 according to a recent leak, and AT&T, which intends to offer a wide variety of netbooks including the Dell Mini 9 for as little as $49.99 nationwide.
It’s hard to say which plan is better – the cheap netbooks are a huge bonus, but both plans can get quite pricey as one unfortunate Oklahoma woman recently learned. I can’t give you a definitive answer about which to choose, but be sure to take into account more than just the initial cost of the netbook or the monthly rate – many mobile broadband companies charge extra fees for going above storage allowances, which could end up punishing your wallet if you aren’t careful.
In the end, 3G is an extremely useful feature which has become more and more widespread in the very recent past. It won’t be long before nearly all netbooks come with 3G, and if I may say so myself, that sounds pretty damn good.
Good luck to you, and as always, happy netbooking!
China Mobile’s recent partnership with 6 netbook manufacturers has already yielded results. Dell and the China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) just announced that the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook is now available with the CMCC’s integrated 3G wireless internet.
Adding 3G will make the new netbook a more mobile device, increasing its potential for mobile entertainment along with its 720p screen.
Starting at RMB 3880 (around $495), the new Dell netbook features a 92%-of-full-size keyboard, multitouch capability in the touchpad, an edge-to-edge 16:9 LED display, and dell’s High-Definition Multimedia Interface for “entertainment connectivity.”
This latest development in the story of Chinese netbooks has clear ramifications for the rest of us, so be sure to read our previous articles on the matter for more info.
Today’s edition of ASK NBB focuses on an asker with a specific set of preferences for an upcoming netbook purchase.
“I want to buy a notebook. That is like the asus 1000he but with a graphics card.
Is there any netbook out currently that has those features?
– a graphics card
– superb battery life
or is there one that you might know of but has yet to come out?
would love to hear your suggestions”-stanTLs
So, you’re looking to buy a netbook?
The first thing I thought of when I saw your email was the MSI Wind U110 Eco, a netbook whose graphical capabilities are expected to be good enough to manage any kind of HD video, and whose battery life may last as much as 9 hours. Be sure to read the article at the link for more info.
On the downside, the U110 Eco netbook may take a few months to be released. It all depends how long you want to wait to get your new netbook!
A second option is the Dell Mini 10. The battery life is decent enough, with the 6-cell option getting you 6-8 hours of life according to a release by Dell. Its graphics will get you up to 720p video, and the machine will come with a few other awesome media accessories as well (like a TV tuner). Check it out.
If you’re looking to use your netbook for gaming, your options will be pretty severely limited. You could, however, take a look at the ASUS N10J, which rocks a GeForce 9300 graphics card. Unfortunately it costs $699 and its battery life is standard.
Be sure to note that whenever you’re using higher brightness settings or engaging the graphics chip heavily your battery life will be quite diminished in any case.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how!
A whole set of Dell slides have been leaked, detailing the future of Dell netbooks and revealing some juicy details for analysts to chew up.
The most surprising and titillating news comes in the form of a new Mini 11 netbook with a planned release by the end of Q3 this year.
For now, though, the action will focus on the Dell Mini 10, which shall see a whole array of added options, including “Vista, a 3G modem, and potentially a 1.86GHz Atom on April 17th, a new 1.6GHz Atom N270 SKU.” Also possible is a new set of Intel Pine Trail processors (unheard of thus far in netbooks) by the second half of the year.
More info is available at NetbookNews.de, so go take a look.
So far Dell hasn’t shipped any Mini 10 netbooks, keeping us in anticipation with pre-order offers and a promised ship date of April 15th. While rumors of the Mini 10’s media capability have been heard from every direction, one of them is finally getting confirmed – 720p video capability.
As seen on Dell’s site, you can throw down another $35 to the original $399 of the Mini 10 in order to bring resolution from the standard 1024 x 600 up to an impressive 1366 x 768 pixels, enough to rock 720p video.
The new development is a clear step away from the minimalism of early netbooks and Nick Negroponte’s OLPC concept and towards the fancier, media-oriented flavor of newer machines like the DVD-capable ASUS 1004DN or Sony Vaio P.
The Dell Mini 10, a 10-inch version of the Mini 9 and Mini 12 netbooks, has been announced since CES 2009. It’s finally out of production and will be available from Dell in the very new future. However, if you want your hands on one sooner, you’ll have to turn on your TV.
“The Mini 10 is scheduled to debut for advance orders (February 19) on QVC at 9 p.m. Eastern. A full Mini 10 overview is available at Dell.com, and the system will be available for purchase directly from Dell in the U.S. and other countries beginning February 26.”
This isn’t the first time QVC has embraced netbooks – the last instance was back in December. The at-home shopping channel seems to know how to market the things, so the Mini 10 should see wide circulation very soon.
The Dell Mini 10 starts at $399.