Dell Mini 5 tablet: Dell's answer to the Apple iPad?

Dell Mini 5 tablet: Dell's answer to the Apple iPad?

Summary: Is Dell preparing a Mini tablet to challenge the recently-announced Apple iPad and forthcoming HP Slate?

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Is Dell preparing a Mini tablet to challenge the recently-announced Apple iPad and forthcoming HP Slate?

According to Shenzhen-based PC Online, it just might be.

Called the "Dell Streak" or "Mini 5" tablet, the device -- officially model M01M -- has a 5-in. 800 by 480-pixel touchscreen, Google Android 1.6, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G mobile broadband, a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, another front-facing camera, and a 1530mAh battery.

Really, this device is more in line with a MID than an iPad competitor -- but it shows that Dell is already trying to move into this space, riding Google's open source wave.

The price for this BlackBerry Storm-like tablet device? ¥7,500, or approx. $1,098 USD.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Dell, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, Tablets

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Blows the iPad away, almost.

    If Dell can get this under $500, the iPad will be a laughable "also ran"
    Narg
    • you mean ...

      at $1100 for a 5" device?
      bannedfromzdnetagain
    • Except in almost everything.

      From OS to size the Dell seems pretty non-competitive. It is nice to see
      companies trying to figure out a tablet concept, however. Neither fit in
      my pocket so will need some type of case for carrying. Might as well
      bring a laptop.

      But > $1000??? Even Apple did not think that was possible.
      Bruizer
    • What's it like in fantasy land?

      Is there any rational thought behind thinking a 5" Android device from
      Dell would make a 10" iPhone OS based device from Apple a laughable
      "also ran"? Seriously, what color is the sky in your world?

      While I'm not sold on this type of device from any manufacturer, it
      doesn't take a genius to see that the iPad is superior in every way. That
      is, the iPad may turn out to be an also ran, but the Dell mini 5 will have
      no bearing on the iPad's success one way or the other.

      The only think mildly amusing here is watching Microsoft's long time
      "partners" slowly turn on them one by one. Fortunately for Microsoft,
      this Dell device will have about as much success as the Dell DJ.
      Remember that one? No? Me neither.
      techconc
  • RE: Dell Mini 5 tablet: Dell's answer to the Apple iPad?

    At that price, Dead On Arrival.
    gfeier
  • RE: Dell Mini 5 tablet: Dell's answer to the Apple iPad?

    The price is too steep on that. But expect to see more and more things like this.
    Loverock Davidson
    • I sure hope not

      One iPhail is enough, we don't need iPhail clones too :\
      T1Oracle
      • RE: Dell Mini 5 tablet: Dell's answer to the Apple iPad?

        @T1Oracle

        Fail as defined how? One million units in under a month? No slowdown in demand? Same impact for the 3G version.

        You are ever the reliable troll.
        SpiritusInMachina
  • At least it has a camera for video chat...

    Apple dropped the ball in that respect...
    BillDem
    • Where is all this bandwidth for mobile Video Chat come from pray tell? - NT

      NT
      raycote
      • Did you read the specs?

        It has 3G and WIFI. 3G supports video chat easily.
        pitdroidtech
  • Feature hounds

    Will love things like this "OMG it does so much the iPad doesn't! I would buy one but I won't because I am waiting for next months model which I also won't buy."


    ;)
    oncall
    • I like features

      If it wasn't for the competition generated by "feature hounds" buying windows and symbian phones in favour of the first iphones, iPhone would still be missing bluetooth support, picture messaging and a decent camera.
      pitdroidtech
  • How long before ZDNet bloggers start naming everything "iPad killer"?

    My guess is two weeks from today
    AllKnowingAllSeeing
    • No Need

      Because most everyone will be rename it iPOS;-)
      nothingness
    • No Need

      Because most everyone will rename it iPOS;-) Oops, typed too fast
      nothingness
    • if you like shiny things...

      Then yes the iPad is cool. But if you like things strong in features, with support for generic technologies ie: usb storage support and DRM free content, then pretty much any tablet device will be an iPad killer.
      pitdroidtech
      • RE: Dell Mini 5 tablet: Dell's answer to the Apple iPad?

        @max_wedge

        First, try English, It is e.g., NOT i.e.. Second, what makes you say that the iPad does not support DRM free content? It uses iTunes, so of COURSE it does.
        SpiritusInMachina
  • If this is Dell's answer to the iPad, they didn't hear the question

    It costs twice as much, it's half the size, has no decent
    software...

    Wow, I think I'll go buy one!
    LovejoyOne
    • No apps for websites

      A real browser will make most of the "decent software" for the iphone entirely moot.
      outpastpluto