Dell prepares to ship 10-inch Inspiron Mini 10

— 4:03 PM on February 19, 2009

As Asus readies to discontinue 8.9" Eee PCs and focus on 10" netbooks, Dell is about to ship its first 10" netbook: the Inspiron Mini 10. In fact, according to the official Direct2Dell blog, the new system is already available for pre-order through QVC (don't ask). The QVC listing is right here, and Dell will start taking pre-orders on its own website on February 26. Shipments won't kick off until next month, however.

The new Inspiron Mini's display has a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 1024x576 resolution, and it can purportedly scale up to 1024x768 (though Dell says the former res is a "better fit for the widescreen display"). This system is also outfitted with Intel Atom Z520 or Z530 processors, 1GB of non-upgradable memory, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, HDMI display output, and a copy of Windows XP. With the default three-cell battery, Dell says the Inspiron Mini 10 tips the scales at just 2.86 lbs.

Prices are supposed to start at $399, but the config up on QVC right now costs $559. According to this official YouTube teaser, the netbook will gain options like a built-in TV tuner and multi-touch gesture support in the future. Check out the image gallery below for photos.

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