The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a version of the Dell Mini 5 with support for the special version of 3G used by T-Mobile, a sign that it may carry the Android OS-based device with a 5-inch Touchscreen and 1 GHz processor.
Information leaking from AT&T indicates that it intends to offer the Mini 5, but the FCC filing for a version with AWS support is the strongest evidence yet that it will be coming to T-Mobile as well. At the very least, Dell may offer an unlocked version for T-Mobile customers.
A Preview of the Dell Mini 5
Dell is positioning the Mini 5 as a large smartphone rather than a small tablet, as it will have a 5-inch screen and the ability to make phone calls.
Its capacitive touchscreen will have a WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) resolution and support for multi-touch.
The Mini 5 is going to run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor. The prototype units that have been shown for the last few months run the older OS 1.6, but according to reports, it will debut with something more recent, possibly version 2.1.
Dell’s mini-tablet will sport 3G wireless access, and will also include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Mini 5 is going to include a 5-megapixel camera on its back, and a front-facing one for video conferencing.
In addition, it will include a 3.5-mm headphone jack.
The tablet and its successors are going to be bundled with a suite of entertainment, communications and productivity software, as well as an Adobe Flash player.