The lucky guys at TechCrunch ran into Michael Dell at the Mobile World Conference, and he was kind enough to preview the Dell Mini 5 for them. Admittedly, it looks really slick, and the brief demo showed a very fast and responsive device.
There’s bad news, though. TechCrunch says the UNSUBSIDIZED price will be $1,098! That is…a bit on the high side. Yes, it has a phone radio, but it’s a 5 inch Android tablet…it’s not that special. I hate to compare it to the iPad, but that’s the elephant in the room for this thing; you could buy two wifi-only 16gb iPads for one Dell Mini 5! And without just comparing it to the iPad, there’s also the Camangi Webstation, the Archos Tablet, the , and of course, actual phones like the Nexus One and the Droid. Is the phone radio and/or the extra inch of screen space worth $500+?
It kind of makes me think the world has gone slightly off-kilter, when APPLE is selling a device with more features for less money than Dell.