Dell confirm Mini 5 AT&T connection, Android Market access & more

Chris Davies - Feb 26, 2010, 11:36am CST

Hungry for more on the Dell Mini 5 MID?  As well as confirming that the Android slate is the first of several such tablets from the company, Dell head tablet honcho Neeraj Choubey has also been spilling the beans on carrier partnerships, Android Market compatibility and the potential for next-gen resistive screens being used instead of capacitive on future models.

In an interview with LAPTOP, the talkative Choubey confirms that the Mini 5 is Android Market compliant and should run any app in there which conforms to Google’s developer guidelines.  He also confirms that Dell are in talks with AT&T to offer the Mini 5 on their network, presumably subsidized.

Compared to the iPad’s target market, Choubey reckons the Mini 5 will appeal to “a more tech-savvy generation of people” who want a convergent device; to that end, Dell will also be doing something with synchronized content.  No full details on that, but it sounds as though Dell will be pushing some sort of cloud-based sync that formats content depending on the device you’re using to view it:

“If I bought something from Amazon store on my tablet and I downloaded it, why should I have to choose my tablet over my netbook? When I was at Yahoo they always talked about your content, your way, when you want it, how you want it. It’s something that everyone in the mobile space has embraced. You shouldn’t have to make decisions based on where your content is.” Neeraj Choubey, Dell

As for stylus input – something we puzzled over earlier – Choubey seems to hint that Dell might use new transparent conductor resistive panels over capacitive technology in future tablet models, which support multitouch finger-input and stylus control with high-resolution accuracy.

Dell Mini 5 overview:

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