Dell's tablet – the Mini 5 – small but not as cheap as we want

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Computer makers Dell are making their offering in the tablet computer market small. Five inches small, it slices the size of its main rivals in half.

Their Mini 5 (aka Streak) faces competition from Apple’s iPad and HP’s Slate and it looks like it’s hoping to outfoot the competition by cutting the size and price. That’s what people want according to market research from Dell, quoted in the Wall Street Journal. John Thode Dell’s vice president in charge of mobile devices told the WSJ what would make people want to buy a tablet computer:

“It’s got to be inexpensive, it’s got to be small, it’s got to be thin, it’s got to have long battery life,” Thode says. He compared this middle device as something similar to navigation devices in cars.

According to Zdnet, the Mini 5 should be out in the middle of the year – it will run Android (possibly 1.6, possibly something newer), will have front and back facing cameras, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and wifi and 3G.

Though the set-up sounds really good, and we love the Android OS, the price is rumoured to be about $1000 (£650) I.E. NOT THAT CHEAP. I wish it were a bit more affordable. More info on this as it comes out.

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Anna Leach

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  • The machine is fast enough for its price, and I was surprised how light it weighs. If you carry your computer around, this is nice. You cannot complain about this machine since it deserves credit for its functionality, reliability and the price cost. For average user like me, this is good.

  • The machine is fast enough for its price, and I was surprised how light it weighs. If you carry your computer around, this is nice. You cannot complain about this machine since it deserves credit for its functionality, reliability and the price cost. For average user like me, this is good.

  • That price is the black market price for a prototype in China. There’s no way the final version is that much.

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