One of the frustrating things about netbooks is that, because they're cheap, you usually miss out on premium features like backlit keyboards. Of course, because they're cheap owners often feel happier with the idea of opening up and generally hacking them, and that's just what My Dell Mini forum member vrg3 did to his netbook. Wanting to still be able to type while in the dark, he drilled a hole for a white LED up by the A90's webcam, which is toggled on and off via the Ctrl key.
CES 2010's US-focus means we generally have to wait a little longer to hear about when some of the more appealing gadgets may make their way to foreign shores, but a couple of the headline-grabbing Android smartphones have already been promised to the UK. Dell confirmed with Electricpig that the Dell Mini 3 would be, perhaps unsurprisingly, headed to the UK, together with the tease that the handset was apparently "built specifically with the UK in mind", while Total Telecom have heard from UK carriers T-Mobile and 3 that they're currently negotiating with Google over the Nexus One.
Having shown you leaked images of the Dell Streak 5-inch MID all the way back in October 2009, Dell took to their CES 2010 stage this morning to briefly demo the latest prototype. Dell are insisting on referring to the MID as the "Dell Tablet Concept" right now, and the only specifications they'll confirm are the Android OS and the 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash on the back.
Dell have announced a new Alienware ultraportable, the 11.6-inch M11X. Set to start off from $999, the Alienware M11X offers both NVIDIA GT335M and integrated graphics, which can be switched between regular and gaming modes depending on how willing you are to sacrifice battery life. The bottom line? Expect 6.5hrs in battery mode, or plunging to around 2hrs in gaming mode.
AT&T have just confirmed that they'll be launching a five-strong Android handset range in the first half of 2010, and Dell have announced that their contribution will the the Dell Mini 3. Exclusive on AT&T in the US, the Dell Mini 3 is a reworked version of the existing Mini 3i which went on sale in China in late 2009.
So far AT&T have been pretty cagey when it comes to Android on their network, but it looks like 2010 is the year when it all kicks off. The carrier has just announced that it will be pushing out five Android-based handsets in the first half of this year, complete with models from HTC, Motorola and Dell. SlashGear is at AT&T's CES 2010 press conference this morning, and will be bringing you all the details as they arrive.
Update: AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just confirmed that the carrier will offer two Palm webOS device in the first half of 2010 too.
It looks like Dell's Mini 3i smartphone is prompting just as much interest in Android over in China as it does in the US and Europe, as one modder has created their own huge version of the touchscreen handset. According to Shanzai, the project started off as a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which means this replica Mini 3i has a 10-inch display - which was then reshaped into the smartphone form-factor. You can see a timelapse video of the conversion after the cut.
The traditional big desktop is still around and is alive and kicking especially in markets like gaming computers and high-end workstations. Lots of other categories are increasingly dominated by notebooks. Small form factor desktops are still popular and Dell has announced two new SFF models for its OptiPlex series.