Michael Dell demonstrates Dell Mini 5 tablet, “coming in a couple of months”

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After briefly teasing us with an appearance at CES, followed by a revealing teardown by a user at the Tinhte forums, the upcoming Dell Mini 5 tablet/slate is now starring in video demonstration by Michael Dell himself. Taken by the TechCrunch team in Davos, Switzerland, where Mr. Dell is attending the World Economic Forum, the short sneak peak is limited to a run through of the Android home screens and a very brief overview of the tablet formerly known as the Streak.

More interestingly, it is mentioned that the Mini 5 should be available in "a couple of months," hopefully meaning we will be able to get our hands on it sooner rather than later. Although Mr. Dell was reluctant to talk about the processor and price, most sources (including the teardown mentioned earlier) confirm the Mini 5 will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon.

In related news, PC Online managed to investigate a prototype Mini 5 tablet with a model designation of M101M shown in the pictures at the top and below. Their findings match most of what was already known about the MID including the 5-inch WVGA touch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 1530mAh battery, 5MP camera, webcam, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and of course the Android OS, with the prototype running version 1.6.

Reports indicate that this Mini 5 M101M was acquired on the black market for 7500 RMB, which works out to around US$1098! The final production version that will be on the shelves should sell for significantly less when it is available.

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