February 20, 2009 Dell has announced a 10-inch model to join in their Mini line-up, the Inspiron Mini 10. Weighing in at 2.86 lbs (1.3 kgs), the Mini 10 features a multi-touch trackpad with gesture support, an HDMI output, and a 92% keyboard that solves two common netbook keyboard issues by adding a properly sized right Shift key, and not putting a Function key where you expect the left Control key to be.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10: Technical Specifications

  • 1.6GHz Atom Z530 CPU
  • 10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600) display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • HDMI output
  • 92% keyboard
  • Multi-touch trackpad
  • Windows XP

Optional Features (available later this year)

  • HD (720p) capable display
  • Internal digital TV tuner
  • Internal GPS
  • Internal WWAN/3G
  • External USB DVD player
  • 250GB hard drive and SSD options
  • Ubuntu and Windows Vista options
  • Popular designs from Design Studio

The Inspiron Mini 10 is offered in a range of colours (Obsidian Black, Alpine White, Cherry Red, Promise Pink, Ice Blue and Jade Green) and will be available in the US on February 26, with prices starting at US$399. Our Australian readers will be able to get their hands on one by mid-March, with prices starting at AU$799.

We're expecting a test drive in March, so stay tuned for a full review.