Dell has announced that its popular netbook, the Mini 10, has been given a fresh new look and some performance enhancement options. Most of the features outlined when we first covered the release of the Dell Mini 10 earlier this year will remain, but now some of the promised optional features have been officially announced. Highlights include improved battery life, a smudge resistant palm rest, internal TV tuner, increased disk space and the choice to go HD.

Dell is offering a choice of standard 1024x600 resolution display or 1366x768 High Definition on the 10.1 inch screen. Location-aware GPS and HDTV tuner will also be featured, as will optional Bluetooth and Mobile Broadband and a choice of 160 or 250GB HDD. Sensibly skipping Vista altogether, the new Mini 10 will now run on either XP or Windows 7 Starter Edition or Ubuntu.

The Atom Z530 CPU has been replaced by a new Atom N450 running at 1.66GHz and there'll be a choice of 3-cell or 6-cell integrated battery with up to 9.5 hours of battery life. The built-in speakers will offer SRS surround sound and the HD option will include Broadcom's Crystal HD media accelerator.

Unfortunately there's still no mention of SSD storage options or the external optical media player promised earlier, but personalization via the Dell Design Studio will offer hundreds of color possibilities and customized artwork.

Dell's Brian Pitstick said: "With an even better look and great battery life, we think Mini 10 is the perfect companion PC for anyone who wants to be entertained and connected wherever they go."

The company advises that the new Mini 10's are scheduled for availability sometime in January 2010 and prices will start at USD$299.