updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu May 7, 2009
Dell Slips Mini 10v
Dell today inadvertently confirmed a recent roadmap leak by posting a flyer for the Mini 10v (PDF). Known earlier under its "Bear" codename, the system is a budget alternative to the regular Mini 10 and should drop the price to $299 by using a standard 1.6GHz Atom N280 instead of the newer 1.33GHz Atom Z520 used today. Its features also appear to have been upgraded from the roadmap at that price with 1GB of RAM and Windows XP as the baseline.
A 120GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and options for blue and white lids also carry over. Dell expects the Mini 10v to ship sometime in mid-May.
Additionally, Dell has quietly added solid-state drive options to the existing Mini 10 configuration page; the hard drives that have been the only choices since launch are now joined by options for either a 32GB or 64GB SSD, either of which potentially improves speed and the reliability of the system. They cost $75 and $125 respectively. [via Engadget]