Jan 28 AT 6:07 PM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

Michael Dell shows off Android-powered Mini 5

Crunchgear caught up with Michael Dell in Switzerland and he was showing off the new Android-powered Mini 5 (aka Streak, M01M). Nothing official has been announced, but a teardown revealed most of the specs. The Mini 5 has often been referred to as a MID or slate because it features a 5 inch screen, but the device also has support for 3G.

Rumored specs of the Mini 5 include:

  • 5-inch 800×480 touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and front facing camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G support
  • 1530mAh battery
  • Android 1.6

We know Dell will soon be launching an Android device on AT&T and this might be it (or the Mini 3). The Mini 5 is said to retail for ¥7,500, which converts to an astronomic $1,098, but we expect the actual U.S. retail price to be much lower.

What do you guys think? Is a 5 inch screen too large to be a phone?

PC Online has provided some closeup photos of the Mini 5.

Via: PC Online (translated)

Source: CrunchGear

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  • http://Website aleis

    a-ma-zing!

  • http://schwiz.net schwiz

    Looks really snappy and responsive but there is no way I would spend 1000 bucks on it!

  • http://Website Chahk

    I’d feel silly walking around with that thing next to my ear. I have a Cowon Q5W which has approximately same dimensions (5″ screen) and it literally covered half of my face when I tried holding it up like a phone.

    I dearly hope they push the OS up to 2.1, seeing how Google already made the source available.

  • http://Website Galen20K

    Oh come ON! lol 5 inches is a little ridiculous for a phone.

  • http://beefjack.com npkimmey

    Five inches? At that point it stops being a large phone and starts being a small “tablet”. I could never use that for a regular call (speaker maybe, but it’s still enormous).

  • http://Website Phil

    Probably too big for me. I think the ideal size is that of the HD2, with its 4.3″ screen.

  • http://Website Matt

    Definitely more of an MID than a phone but it’s a sexy one. Does anyone know what’s up with the screen in the PCOnline pics? It’s so black and non-glossy! Looks really good.

  • http://codebydave.blogspot.com Dave Johansen

    I agree that it might be a little large to hold it up to your head like a normal phone, but that’s what bluetooth headsets are for, and I would love to have something like this to carry in my pocket and do the quick computing on.

  • http://Website TonyG

    Shiz looks clean and 5 in. screen is nice,
    but $1000? come on and it might run Donut and not Eclair?
    naw.

  • http://Website Y314K

    It will not cost $1K…

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/28/dell-mini-5-tablet-prototype-shows-up-as-m01m-in-shenzhen-blac/

    “The price? ¥7,500, which converts to a whopping $1,098 in US cash, but bear in mind that this doesn’t reflect the M01M’s actual retail price for whenever it might launch..”

    “Who’s got some love for prototype gadgets, eh? Apparently someone does in Shenzhen (surprise of the day?). PC Online managed to cuddle up with a black Dell Streak / Mini 5 prototype, which has “Model M01M” ”

    That is what a prototype is being sold for in the black market at this time… Release retail price is unknown at this time…

    I can’t believe how many sites have this BS price on this story…

  • http://Website kilari

    Well, a 5 inch screen is rather large for a phone. But it does give me a boner. However, I’d be very interested if it was WebOS.

  • jakejardashian

    I’d rock the 5incher. Stick it in my back pocket and make all my icrap friends (lol) ridiculously jealous with my freedom filled rooted android device with gorgeous screen, 1ghz snap, and front facing camera. Lemme get it! :D

  • http://Website NODO-GT

    why only android 1.6?
    get 2.1 and i’ll buy it as soon as it hits shelves

  • http://yellowrex.com William Furr

    That’s beautiful. Maybe a little too big, but I’d be willing to give it a try. I’d kinda miss the hardware keyboard, but for a 5″ device with the right specs I might be willing to give it a go. Especially since I found out there’s a bluetooth keyboard driver for Android.

  • http://Website Jody

    I think at that size you start relying on a bluetooth headset for phone business and otherwise enjoy that big, delicious screen. I’m always skeptical of Dell innovations but that looks pretty hot.

  • http://Website Jim R

    Does anyone know the status of the Dell Mini 3 phone? Is it ever coming to North America?

  • http://Website poinck

    Sad, this is the next non-standard device with a custom ROM, why companies do not choose the latest Android OS from Google and build nice widget?

    So sad. ):

  • http://Website Mocha K

    I wish it would be coming out on t-mobile. I would get it but not at 1000 dollars pretty sure they would lower the price

  • http://Website Bob

    Size is nice! About time!! Anyone hear of a bluetooth headset??? Why would you stick any phone to your face??? $1000 is not happening for me tho.

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  • http://Website Gautam Rajagopal

    The latest is that it will be priced at $ 500 unlocked in the USA, the phone rocks and as aptly put is a beast with a 5″ screen!!! am gonna get my hands around it as soon as possible.

    Would love to have something like this, since this would be my 1st Android device, let’s just hope Dell gets the Android 2.1 on it before the US release!!