February 27, 2010 | by Ed Clark
A few weeks ago, Androinica had a short post about the Dell Mini 5 tablet. We speculated that the machine would be a competitor to the iPad, but details were scarce and Michael Dell only confirmed a few features in the brief video shot by Tech Crunch. These included the fact that the machine would have 3G capabilities and an outward facing camera. Mr. Dell dodged questions about the processor, pricing, and launch date.
Recently, a few more specific details have come to light in a recent article by Wired magazine that should make Android fans even more excited. These include:
- Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor
- 5-inch screen (16:9 ratio) with Flash included
- A 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a separate front-facing camera (for video conferencing)
- A standard 3.5-mm headphone jack
Of course, having Flash means the tablet will ship with the latest Android OS. So add Google Earth and Live Wallpapers to the things this little friend will be able to do for you.
Neeraj Choubey, general manager of Dell’s tablets division promises that the iPad is indeed a target, and that folks turned off by the small size of the Mini 5 (a plus for some) will have other options as well. “We are 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.”
Wow. Get ready, iPad. It seems that all the critical things that Apple left off of their machine (besides a giant screen) will show up on Dell’s version. In the end, people will want to do things like make video calls to their friends and relatives, watch Flash videos (90% of video content on the internet), and be able to use multiple applications simultaneously. And the advantages of the gigantic iPhone app market is not so clear as it once was: the Android Market has over 30,000 apps already, and is growing faster than any other app market.