Dell Mini 5 is the matriarch for future 'family of tablets'

Dell Mini 5 is the matriarch for future 'family of tablets'

Summary: We speculated last month that the Mini 5 might be Dell's answer to the Apple iPad. It looks like Dell isn't interested in releasing just one tablet computer - they're ready to start a whole collection.

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We speculated last month that the Mini 5 might be Dell's answer to the Apple iPad. It looks like Dell isn't interested in releasing just one tablet computer - they're ready to start a whole collection.

According to Wired, Dell's general manager of the tablet computer division, Neeraj Choubey, said the computer company is going to produce "a family of tablets."

He also doesn't seem to be showing any fear of Apple and its hyped tablet computer, referring to it as a gadget for people who “have a handbag or a murse or whatever.” (I happen to respect the murse, but maybe that's just me.)

One weakness for Dell is that the Mini 5 tablet computer will come with only a 5-inch screen, compared to the iPad's 9.7-inch display. Wired reports that Dell plans to scale up the screen size with future editions.

But the Mini 5 has some features that the iPad doesn't have, namely a built-in camera and it can make phone calls. So much for the iPad being an extra-large iPhone.

One point we can't compare yet is price, as Dell hasn't specified any figures yet except that it will be “competitive." If the iPad is coming out in April (late March in the UK), Dell come up with some definite information fast if they really want to stay competitive.

Topics: Tablets, Dell, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Murses are really nice places to stow your 9mm in concealed carry states.

    LOL
    goingbust
  • RE: Dell Mini 5 is the matriarch for future 'family of tablets'

    At least it might fit into your pockets?
    WinTard
  • Good. I was about to buy a Viliv S5.

    The iThingy is like a ghetto blaster for an mp3 player. Too large and underpowered to be usefull.
    kd5auq
  • RE: I told Apple to release a Mini 5

    I over 60 male; I do like the touch but it needs a bigger screen. I proposed a 5" which will fit in your shirt pocket! And the browser will definitely be better!!!

    Way to go Dell!
    amasys
  • iPad ***can*** phone calls Skype (etc) plus wireless earbuds and microphone

    The subject
    DDERSSS
    • And so can my 5-year old laptop.

      You know that that's not what he\she was talking about, right? You know that you were just nitpicking, right?
      Dealing
  • RE: Dell Mini 5 is the matriarch for future 'family of tablets'

    I think Dell needs to address it's customer support and
    quality issues before it can be a serious threat to any Apple
    product. For now it won't matter how many models of
    unsupported junk it produces it won't be a serious contender
    to the shuffle, much less the iPad.
    dheady
  • A good sign

    Although I agree with dheady about Dell's quality and support (I personally won't buy any Dell product) I'm hoping this will trigger more tablets to be made, if people start actually using them.

    Now if I had a choice here's my desires:

    At least 1 USB port
    Wireless connection
    2g or more memory.
    At least an Atom processor.
    80g harddrive or greater
    Around 8.5"x11" or greater
    Decent battery life (and REPLACEABLE!)

    I'm investigating screens too. It seems to me, the screen would wear out quickly. But I've heard that some people who has earlier tablets, have had no problems of wear-outs (Think of Wal-mart's CC/Debit card scanners with the write-on screen)

    I hope Ubuntu or another linux is developed to take advantage of these special computers.

    - Kc
    kcredden2
  • THE OS!

    Running full windows seven to boot!





    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com
    Windowsseven
  • It will have promise only if Windows is NOT on them.

    Andriod, or better still Ubuntu Linux with full touch apps.
    Dell could help fund it if they aren't scared of Microsoft.
    root12
    • Linux, oh no..

      Putting Linux on a workstation class machine is the kiss of death for it. Putting Linux on a consumer device? Non-starter, unless they completely hide the OS, ala Tivo. Otherwise, it's just screwed. Linux's best days are behind it. Android is the new Linux -- except better written and a lot more potential.
      DevStar
  • RE: Dell Mini 5 is the matriarch for future 'family of tablets'

    The Mini 5 is EXACTLY what I?ve been looking for!

    I will always have a laptop for full-feature portable computing, so I?m not looking an ipad-sized tablet, and I certainly don?t want to bother with device that has no camera and doesn?t make phone calls. But, in addition to the assorted shortcomings, such as lack of flash, I find the iphone screen too small. I?ve seen comments that suggest the Mini 5 is ?too big? for people to want to use it as a phone ? frankly, I believe that to be a ridiculous assessment assessment.

    The iphone is too small to be an effective intermediate computing device, while with the ipad?s size you might as well bring your laptop/netbook. The Mini 5 is the perfect size for easy portability (it will easily fit in my jacket?s inside pocket), and with phone capability, it allows users replace a device instead of forcing them to add one. Moreover, we now have a hands-free law here in Ontario, so I've had to get a bluetooth headset, which I use all the time, even with my tiny clamshell.
    J.M.S