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Dell names tablet device Mini 5, offers few more details

updated 02:35 pm EST, Fri January 8, 2010

Features 2 cameras and offered in range of colors

Dell has named its "Streak" tablet-like device the Mini 5, positioning it as a step up from the Mini 3 mobile phone announced earlier this week. Shown as a technology concept earlier this week at an exclusive press conference, the company said that it was considering even larger 7- and 10-inch versions of the same concept. In addition, the 5-inch internet tablet device with multitouch functions will be available in a range of colors, including pink and black in addition to the red version shown off to journalists at CES, according to Pocket-Lint.

Dell's device is running Android 1.6, likely a Dell-customized version of the open-source operating system. During the press conference earlier in the week, the company stressed that the Mini 3 was not simply running a generic version of the OS, but rather a Dell-customized version. Few other details were available at the press conference, but other details have since been shared with a few journalists.

Although the company offered few details, the report notes that the device features a SIM card and will ship with a headset, suggesting that it could be used for both voice and data functions outside of WiFi hotspots. The headset, most likely Bluetooth, is also meant to alleviate concerns about holding the large device against your face, the report said.

Dell also said that the "Streak" tablet would sport two cameras: a 5-megapixel on the back and one on the frontside, likely for video conferencing functions. Interestingly, the landscape mode of the tablet is large enough to offer a (touch) number keypad for quicker entry.

Images courtesy of Pocket-lint (more images available)

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Twin cameras sounds sweet... I could get into that

    Still, most of the manufacturers are focusing on the hardware and not the software and content. I know they're going to come up short when compared to Apple. The Apple tablet will probably have a lot of apps and content as soon as it's introduced. They'll probably need it all to get people to migrate to tablets. Companies should offer Apple content just to be the first to get on the tablet. I doubt if the HP tablet would have that sort of pull. Gee, I'm starting to believe my own hype.

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It first of all is 90% identical to a larger iPhone/iPod touch.
    Second: 2 cameras? ok .
    Third: Still would be no match to any OS Apple will create or has created
    Fourth: Even the GUI (keyboard etc) looks exactly like the one on Apple products.

    Look essentially Apple is doing all the creating and others just trying to pump out hardware faster using 90% of what Apple has spent many weeks and months developing.

  1. rjdude

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you have to call India for tech support.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Meh

    Fourth: Even the GUI (keyboard etc) looks exactly like the one on Apple products.

    Neither the GUI as a whole, or even the keyboard look 'exactly' like Apple's version. Apple doesn't have a 'full' keyboard, you need to switch between different screens to use numbers or special characters (sometimes two different screens), has no number pad, etc, etc, etc.

    In fact, the only way you could come close to comparing the keyboards is to say "Look. A QWERTY style keyboard! Just copying Apple once again."

    As for the GUI, are you saying that Dell has the capability to make a GUI that looks as good as Apples?

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice advertising...

    I like how he is "tuning in" to "web page not available." Har! Is that some kind of foreshadowing for this thing? Actually any competition to keep Apple honest is good, but inevitably it isn't about a better widget. Apple has the whole enchilada, OS X, iTMS, a huge app store, first out of the box R&D, iPhone and iPod Touch synergy, and these guys don't. That, together, counts for a lot.

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