Dell Mini 5 To Run On Unreleased Version Of Android

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A new report suggests that Dell's upcoming Mini 5 tablet will run on a currently unreleased version of the Android operating system (OS).

According to the recent Engadget report, the tablet device will run on a new version of Google's increasingly popular Android OS. Current prototype models of the Snapdragon-powered Mini 5 run on build number 1.6 (Donut) of the mobile OS, but an unnamed Dell staff member claims the final product will run "something newer."

The report goes on to say the tablet will have Flash support, a feature which is bound to please many. The inclusion of Flash within the final model, in addition to Google's seemingly fast Android development cycle, appear to indicate that the handheld device will be running on at least a 2.0 build (Eclair) of the Android OS. The next iteration of the operating system, which has been dubbed Froyo, is also a possibility depending on the final release timing.

However, irrespective of what Android version the Mini 5 does end up shipping with, is word that the tablet will be fully upgradable, allowing users to update to the latest software version at ease.

We first detailed Dell's tablet intentions late last year, when word broke that the company may show off the rumored device, then known as the Streak, at January's Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Following the rumor, Dell kept quiet, simply saying that the firm "[does] not comment on speculation, rumor, or unannounced products." The rumors, as expected, were right -- as Dell did show its tablet, renamed the Mini 5, at the Las Vegas show.

A teardown following the products CES showing gave a closer look at what to expect from the gadget, as did a recent showing from Michael Dell himself.

The Dell Mini 5 is expected to launch "in a few months." No specific price points have been officially detailed, but early dizzying estimates price the Wi-Fi and 3G friendly device at more than $1000.

[Via Engadget]

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