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Michael Dell shows off the Mini 5, confirms US arrival?

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The Dell Mini 5, Dell’s Android-powered Snapdragon slate, popped up at CES this year but we never got a clear look at it. However, when the CEO of Dell rolls into the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he can show off anything he wants and our boss got a quick hands-on in the Swiss slush.

To recap, the Mini 5 is a 1GHz Snapdragon-powered netpad (did I just coin a phrase?) running Android 1.6 with 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G mobile. It should be selling for $1,098 before carrier subsidy.

However, if Mr. Dell here has it and says it’s coming “in a few months,” we seem to have a confirmation that the Mini 5 will be reaching our shores sometime soon. However – and this is a big however – $1K is a lot of scratch for a 5-inch slate. It had better go way down by the time it disembarks.

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