Details surrounding Dell’s tablet strategy keep trickling in along with some photos and video, which always keeps things interesting.
The Dell Mini 5 (working name, not final) will be the company’s first tablet with, as the name implies, a 5-inch glass capacitive touch screen running Google’s Android OS 2.0 or higher. Other specs include a front-facing camera for video conferencing, a 5 megapixel camera on the back for photos and video, WiFi and 3G connectivity, a Qualcomm 1GHZ Snapdragon processor and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Did I mention it makes calls? Yes, the Dell Mini 5 is also a giant touchscreen cell phone! (Not sure what to make of that one…) Video and more after the jump.
Unlike the iPad, the screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio that Dell thinks will be perfect for viewing widescreen video content. The iPad uses an old-school 4:3 aspect ratio.
Neeraj Choubey, general manager of the tablets division at Dell, said that the company is “going to have a family of tablets. The first one is a 5-inch screen but we want to scale that up to a variety of screen sizes.” So, in theory, Dell may produce tablets that compete with the iPad both in form-factor, hardware and software features.
No official word on pricing except that the Mini 5 will be “competitive” and available in “about two months,” according to Michael Dell – somewhere between the launch of the WiFi iPad and the WiFi + 3G iPad. Perfect timing for a competitive launch, wouldn’t you say?
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