Dell Mini 5 is Actually A Huge Handset, not a MID

Up until now, we’ve been looking at the Dell Mini 5 as a mobile internet device (MID).  We’re going to have change our way of thinking as it’s actually being pitched more as a phone.  The feedback we’re hearing from around the way is that it’s being touted as a phone with a really large, 5-inch screen.  OK, we’re game.

Engadget was able to get some face time with both the handset as well as some Dell representatives.  In speaking with them, they learned that the device will not be Android 1.6  when it arrives, but rather “something newer.”  It’s not know exactly what version of Android it will be running, but logic tells us that 2.1 is the goal. It’s also being reported that Dell is working towards Flash compatibility.  We’d love to see a true web experience on a device this large, and Flash would go a long way to make that happen.

We’ve also learned that the Mini 5 features a 30-pin connector which is used for docking.  The dock will offer HDMI output, USB sync, and audio out.    We’re anxious to see how much the handset goes for, especially once subsidized.

At over an inch larger than the Nexus One screen, are any of you guys interested in a handset with a screen that large?

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  1. Hank
    February 16, 19:35 Reply

    I can't wait for this device to become available. I am an avid PDA user of old and this is finally a device that serves my wants and needs. I never became a fan of the small screen smartphones. A docking station is huge bonus! Movies on the TV or working at a desk with keyboard and monitor. I am even more excited now.

  2. Ratnok
    February 16, 15:41 Reply

    Uhm, no.

    Just give me a 4 inch Nexus One with a G1 (or Moment) keyboard, Flash support, optical trackpad and 8 gigs of INTERNAL FLASH memory, and I’m set for the next 5 years.

    I’ll use an Android or Chrome Tablet with a 9-10 inch screen (or a netbook) for anything else mobile.

    • Dave
      February 17, 00:13 Reply

      Bingo…you just described the phone I want!

    • doom
      February 17, 04:27 Reply

      agreed, I would use a 5 inch screen if it was still thin and more widescreen though.

  3. Tony
    February 16, 21:17 Reply

    The Screen is too large and prone to cracking in my pocket… if it even fits in my pocket!

  4. Dutchman
    February 16, 21:38 Reply

    I also can't wait for this device, it is the best compromise between mobility and useability i think. I also prefered a qwerty keyboard in the past, but with this size i hope a software keyboard will work nicely. The dock and maybe the bluetooth ear are a nice bonus.

  5. TareX
    February 16, 22:34 Reply

    It's too big for me….

    HD2 stretched the limits of how big a handset is allowed to get. I'm better off getting the Notion Ink Adam if I'm looking for an Android tablet.

  6. LipGloss712
    February 16, 23:50 Reply

    ooohhhhh I sure am interested in a phone with a large screen. I just hope it comes out with T-Mobile.

  7. Steve
    February 17, 01:58 Reply

    Hey Veri-Moto… Did ya hear that?? The DOCK comes with the PHONE… what a great concept! But then again, I suppose there are some people who actually do prefer to pay $30 for .50 cents worth of thermoplastic, and a dollar's worth of connectors and a magnet. Did anyone guess that I'm a Droid owner yet?? I don't sound too bitter, do I??

  8. bendy
    February 17, 03:45 Reply

    i'd love to see a dual screen phone, sorta like the gameboy, with the second screen also doing onscreen keyboard duties when necessary.

  9. Aita
    February 18, 08:11 Reply

    I dont see what the big deal is about the size. I slip a PSP into my pocket all the time between classes and the streak/mini 5 is a heck of alot thinner than that(to be fair I'm also 6'2" with large hands so yea that helps me cheat a bit lol). Also I'm tired of having to scroll sideways all the time on my G1 just to read a paragraph on a particular site or when reading comics/pdf(yes i know about compact to screen function). though to be honest I'm probably one of those few niche users that really have been waiting for something like this. Now I can finally retire my Cowon A2 PMP and have a decent sized e-reader(never thought I'd say that). This is all assuming it doesn't cost an arm and a leg on a carrier though…..

  10. Jeffrey
    February 24, 21:08 Reply

    This is exactly what I have been looking for for 2 years. 5" screen looks awesome. It should still fit in my shirt pocket. I have no problem holding it up to my ear, but I usually always use a bluetooth anyway.

    "Small" phones were "in' in the 90's. I wish Sprint would carry this one!

  11. doel
    July 18, 07:41 Reply

    thanks for your sharing. nice info! i like it :p

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