Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 is joining the coming wave of netbooks that will use Intel's next-generation Atom n450 processor. It'll give you a longer battery life, but may not have much of an impact beyond that.
The n450 clocks in at 1.66GHz, and is about 60 per cent smaller and 20 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. Despite the new chip under the hood, the new Mini 10s will have largely the same standard specs as the current model: 160GB hard drive, 1GB memory, built-in 802.11 b/g Bluetooth support, and a 10.1-inch display.
Dell's also offering several HD-oriented features as add-ons. The refresh includes the same HD display option as the the Mini 10 does now, but you can also upgrade to a built-in HDTV tuner (the current only offers standard def). Dell also claims up to 9.5 hours of battery life with a six-cell battery running Windows Starter 7. But the best update may be the price cut: the new Mini 10s will start at $US299 in January, 50 bucks cheaper than the current version.
DELL MAKES INSPIRON MINI 10 EVEN BETTER WITH NEW DESIGN AND LONG BATTERY LIFE
Entertainment Netbook Offers Go-Anywhere Fun for Everyone Great Battery Life Keeps People Online for Hours Optional High Definition Display, Surround Sound Enrich Media Experience
ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 21, 2009 - Dell's hot-selling Inspiron Mini 10 netbook is getting better with a fresh new look and longer battery life to go along with technology enhancements and easy connectivity capabilities that make it a fashionable and functional must-have for on-the-go people. Updates to the Mini 10 include optional high definition entertainment bundles that deliver rich, smooth playback of streaming HD video in addition to Web surfing, email, listening to music and sharing user-generated content in real time. Dell expects the redesigned Inspiron Mini 10 to be available the first part of January 2010.
The new design with 10.1-inch display includes a textured, smudge-resistant palm rest, sculpted keys and, for the Inspiron Mini 10 mobility bundle, extended-life battery offering up to 9.5 hours of operation. The Mini 10 can be personalised with a broad range of optional colours or hundreds of optional custom artwork designs available in the Dell Design Studio.
The Inspiron Mini 10 will be offered in the coming weeks in a selection of bundles with distinct features like an HD display, Broadcom Crystal HD media accelerator, surround sound capability, built in HDTV tuner for over-the-air local HD broadcasts, or built-in Wi-Fi location enabled GPS that provides people with real time information to nearby restaurants, landmarks, maps and entertainment.
Built-in wireless connectivity Connectivity: Where wireless access is available. Additional access charges apply in some locations. provides easy, quick access to the Internet and e-mail. Some models feature Bluetooth and Mobile Broadband communications Mobile Broadband: Subject to wireless provider's broadband subscription and coverage area; additional charges apply., too.
New Intel Atom N450 processor at 1.66 GHz 10.1-inch display with standard (1024x600) or High Definition (1366x768) display available in coming weeks Built-in speakers with available SRS Surround sound HDTV tuner and location-aware GPS configurations available in coming weeks Bundles with Broadcom Crystal HD for smooth HD playback coming in Q1 Built-in 802.11 b/g wireless with available Bluetooth and Mobile Broadband 1GB Memory: Significant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors. DDR2 memory at 800MHz 160GB Hard Drive: GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less. or 250GB hard disk drive storage Choice of 3 or 6-cell integrated battery with up to 9.5 hours of battery life (Inspiron Mini 10 mobility bundle only). Choice of Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP Home, Ubuntu operating system option available in the coming weeks Lightweight: Starting at about 2.75 – 3.1 pounds Starting at Weight: Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability. with a 3-cell battery Battery Life: Based on preliminary lab testing. Varies by configuration, operating conditions and other factors. Maximum battery capacity decreases with time and use. Battery life of 9 hours and 34 minutes for the Mini 10 Mobility bundle is achieved using Mobilemark2007 battery life testing benchmark with a system configuration that includes 60WHr 6 cell battery, Windows 7 Starter Operating system and 250GB Hard Drive.
The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is expected to be available in early January from Dell and select configurations will be available in retail outlets worldwide in the coming weeks. Prices start at $US299.