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Michael Dell confirms Mini 5 tablet a shipping device

updated 04:05 pm EST, Fri January 29, 2010

Mini 5 demo includes a shipping timeframe

Michael Dell on Thursday slipped out some of his company's plans for the Mini 5 tablet in a quick demo (viewable below). In addition to showing off the customized Android interface we saw at CES, which has at least a special menu bar, the CEO also acknowledged to TechCrunch that it would be released in "a couple months." Dell employees earlier this month insisted it was a concept and that it wasn't a confirmed production device.

The slate is expected to be Dell's first real entry into tablets but will take a very different approach than competitors like the ICD Ultra or iPad. Its screen measures just 5 inches across, but it also includes a 5-megapixel rear camera. It's likely to be fast with a 1GHz Snapdragon and should have 3G as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yay for DELL

    I think this will sell in the millions. This pre-release news just threw out the iPads momentum. Good job DELL!!!

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And in other news...

    Michael Dell is giving back shareholders their money and closing the company.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It WILL Sell In The Millions ...

    ... too bad we're just going into the 2010's.

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hey wait a minute...

    'will be released in a couple of months' makes it a 'shipping device'?

  1. mskati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is it a good sign...

    When the employees say it is a concept and the CEO insists it will ship soon? I'm sure it will be bug free!

  1. MyJelleo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    This device doesn't have flash, yet I don't see any articles bitching about it. Talk about a double standard.

  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One of the problems with Android

    This demonstrates one of the possible problems with Android: Splintering. With these specially designed versions of it, it sucks that you have to rely on Dell to get your updates and such if you like the special interface it has. It would be nice if we could get the enhancements separately and just use normal Android, so you can update at will. Dell, as previously demonstrated by it's special version of Ubuntu on its netbooks, is slow at upgrades.

    It would be better served it Android was centralized and you could establish another repository for Dell's enhancements to add to the official Android.

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