The announcement of the iPad last month threw a spotlight on tablet computers, but Apple is hardly the only company working on one. Dell is also prepping its own model, which will offer many of the same features in a more pocketable design.
The iPad will sport a 10-inch display, while the Dell Mini 5 will have a 5-inch one with a WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) resolution. This will be a capacitive Touchscreen with support for multi-touch.
Apple’s tablet will use its iPhone OS, but Dell’s will run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor. The prototype of the Mini 5 that has been shown around for the last month or so runs the older OS 1.6, but unconfirmed reports say it will debut with something more recent, possibly version 2.1.
While users of some version of Apple’s iPad will be able to get 3G data service through AT&T, Dell’s mini-tablet will reportedly be offered by AT&T and T-Mobile, and include both voice and data service.
Both models will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Adobe has been demonstrating Flash running on the Mini 5, but Apple’s CEO has made it clear that the iPad will never support this technology.
Flash is widely used on websites to allow users to watch streaming video, play games, and even do basic navigation. The vast majority of desktops and laptops have it, but it is only just now starting to make its way onto smartphones.
Adobe prepared a demo video of Flash running on the Dell Mini 5:
Pricing & Availability
During a recent brief interview, Michael Dell was willing to say that that the Mini 5 will be released in the next few months, but he declined to be more specific about when.
He also wouldn’t talk about pricing.