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Dell’s Mini 10 moves to DDR3-ready Atom

Aug 20, 2010 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Dell shipped a lighter new Insipiron Mini 10 netbook in Europe on Aug. 19, and it may cross the pond this fall. The Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 is equipped with an Intel Atom N455 processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, 802.11 b/g/n, and a webcam, and weighs under three pounds.

Dell is launching in Europe a glossy black netbook that will potentially head our way — or at least to "other regions" — this fall. Weighing under three pounds and calling attention in a slick shade called Obsidian Black, the Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 will come at a starting price of approximately $430.

In an Aug. 19 post on the Direct2Dell blog (see link at end), Dell's Melanie D. offered the analogy that, if the Mini 1012 is a KitchenAid stand mixer, then the new Mini 1018 is the hand mixer — lighter, more portable — that the home cook more often grabs for out of convenience. (Alas, baked goods not included.)

Dell Inspiron Mini 1018

The Mini 1018 runs Microsoft's 32-bit Genuine Windows 7 Starter (although with a disk wipe, of course, it could easily be a Linux netbook as well). It has an Intel Atom N455 single-core 1.66GHz processor, an Intel NM10 Express chipset, Intel 3150 graphics media accelerator, and 1GB of DDR3 (double-data rate) memory, says Dell.

Its keyboard is 92 percent of full size, comes with "discrete buttons and single-gesture functionality," and the palm rest is textured. The netbook's display is a 10.1-inch WSVGA TrueLife with a resolution of 1,024 by 600.

Dell imagines the Mini 1018 being used in the back of the minivan to play videos for the kiddies — or cutting down phone bills by being used to place Skype video calls to the grandparents. To these ends, it offers a 0.3-megapixel webcam, speakers, an integrated microphone, and the Skype app comes pre-installed.

Additionally, writes Melanie D., "The Mini 1012 features a lux HD display with Broadcom media accelerator for the best HD entertainment experience, enhanced audio with SRS Premium audio feature, and the ability to personalize with a number of vibrant colors…"

Standard, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity is included, but a Bluetooth 3.0 plus WiFi b/g/n combo card is optional. Likewise, the 3-cell battery can be boosted up to a 6-cell option.

On Aug. 19. Dell announced the earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2011. While revenue was up 22 from a year ago, the company's consumer business remained flat. However, plans for improvement are underway, Dell CFO Brian Gladden, told analysts during an earnings conference call.

"We've been repositioning the business, which involves targeting our efforts to the right geographies, products and customer sub-segments," Gladden said. "We have a solid product portfolio lining up for the holidays, and we're making progress in simplifying our product portfolio."


The Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 is available now in Europe, including the U.K., where it starts at 279 Pounds (about $430) with Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Starter.

The Dell blog on the Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 may be found here.

An eWEEK analysis piece by Nicholas Kolakowski on the recent earnings reports from Dell and HP, entitled "Dell, HP results suggest commercial PC comeback," may be found here.

Michelle Maisto is a regular contributor to our sister publication, eWEEK.

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