By Chuong Nguyen | January 29, 2010 12:51 AM
Hot on the heals of Apple’s iPad tablet, Dell has outed pricing on its Dell Mini 5, a device that straddles the divide between smartphone and tablet. The Dell Mini 5 is a slate type device, meaning that it lacks a physical QWERTY keyboard, and has a five-inch screen that is larger than most smartphones but on the small end of the tablet spectrum, comes with built-in 3G and phone features, and runs the Android OS with some Dell customizations. Dell has revealed that the 1 GHz Snapdragon-powered device will run for $1098 prior to carrier subsidies, which is quite expensive considering the base $500 price of the Apple competitor–it’d be interesting to see if carrier subsidy can bring the price tag down to around the $500 range to make the Mini 5 more competitive.
So what’s great about the Dell Mini 5? For one, it’s more portable than the iPad with a 5-inch screen rather than the larger 9.7-inch display of the latter. It also has phone features–although the iPad brings a revolutionary mobile broadband plan, Apple has been silent on phone features. It can be seen as the larger cousin to the Dell Mini 3. Adobe has also indicated that it will bring Flash 10.1 Mobile to the Android platform, something noticeably missing from the iPhone OS.