Dell’s Mini 10 netbook looks to be in line for a WiMAX update, at least going by the budget ultraportable’s most recent foray at the FCC. The 10-inch netbook has been submitted with an Intel WiFi-Link 6250 WiMAX adapter (as the Dell Inspiron Mini 1012).
Elsewhere the netbook looks to be the same as previously, which means an Intel Atom N450 processor paired with Intel GMA graphics, 1GB of RAM and a 250GB hard-drive. Entry-level machines (i.e. without WiMAX) start at $299, though you can also specify Broadcom’s Crystal HD video accelerator to boost graphics performance.
What’s still unknown is whether Dell will be offering the new WiMAX Mini 10 bundled with a carrier, though since the high-speed wireless service is currently available in so few markets that seems a likely decision. No word on release dates, but we’re guessing we’ll see CLEAR branding all over the box.