When the Dell Mini 5 gets released in the coming months, it is going to sport a 5-inch display. A Dell executive says this will be just the starting point — his company plans to introduce a range of Android OS tablets, including ones with larger touchscreen sizes.
Neeraj Choubey, who is the new head of Dell’s new tablet division, told wired.com in an interview, “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.”
Better iPad Competitors
Although the Mini 5 is frequently compared to the upcoming Apple iPad, Dell’s offering will have a screen about half the size of Apple’s. This has caused some to question whether these devices are even in the same category.
The future models with larger displays should be able to compete more directly with the Apple iPad, which will sport a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen.
Choubey was not yet ready to commit to a release timetable or a price for the Mini 5, much less its successors.
A Preview of the Dell Mini 5
Dell’s first Android-powered tablet computer will have a 5-inch display with a WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) resolution. This will be a capacitive Touchscreen with support for multi-touch, and will have a 16:9 aspect ratio.
It is going to run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor. The prototype units that has been shown around for the last month or so runs the older OS 1.6, but reports say it will debut with something more recent, possibly version 2.1.
Dell’s mini-tablet will sport 3G wireless access, and may be offered by AT&T and T-Mobile. It 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.
This 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.