Dell Mini 10 ships in March, starts at $399

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tescodell[1]Dell has officially engaged in some bean spilling on its Direct2Dell company blog in regards to the impending Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. It’ll apparently be available for pre-order on QVC.com today (I can’t find it yet) and up on Dell.com next Thursday.

The starting price will be $399 and screen resolution will be 1024×576 at first, followed by a higher-resolution 720p screen “available as an option in the future.” Here’s more:

“It comes standard in Obsidian Black, but we offer Alpine White, Promise Pink, Cherry Red, Ice Blue and Jade Green as color options. Mini 10 pricing starts at $399. With the 3-cell battery, its starting weight is 2.86 lbs.

The Mini 10 will be available with two Atom processor options: the Z520 and Z530. Standard features include:

  • an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • an HDMI out port
  • integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi
  • a 3-cell 24Whr battery
  • 160GB 5400rpm hard drive
  • a 4-in-1 memory card reader

Initially, all Mini 10s will come with 1GB fixed RAM (which means it will not be upgradable), the Windows XP operating system, and a 16:9 edge-to-edge display that supports a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768. The default screen resolution is 1024 x 576, which is a better fit for the widescreen display. As far as ports, the Mini 10 features HDMI out, 3 USB ports, an Ethernet jack, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, AC Power in and 1 line out + 1 Mic-in ports.

All Windows XP machines will ship with Windows Live Essentials and the Windows Live Toolbar. Microsoft Works will also be standard software. Microsoft Office Basic 2007 will be an option in the future.

If you prefer Linux, Ubuntu 8.04 will be an available option soon. The higher resolution 720P panel will be available as an option in the future and the integrated digital TV tuner will be available on a future model. While I’m on the subject of future options, Bluetooth, integrated GPS and mobile broadband, will all be options down the road.”

Shipment will begin next month, although no hard and fast date has been given.

Here’s a video of the Mini 10. It’s very… um… well, it’s a video from a big company.

Dell’s Mini 10 Packs a Punch [Direct2Dell]

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