Inspiron Mini 10v Notebook (front view)

Speculation from Engadget recently kicked off some activity in the blogosphere regarding Dell’s netbook plans. Here’s what I can make official: today, we’re introducing the Mini 10v for customers in United States, Canada, and EMEA. APJ and Latin America will be following soon. The Mini 10v starts at $299 and weighs 2.5 lbs with the standard 3-cell battery.

The Inspiron Mini 10v is based on the Diamondville N270  or N280 versions of Intel's Atom processor. Like Anne mentioned last week, I’ll write a post that discusses the differences between the Diamondville processors that we use in the Mini 10v and Silverthorne processors we use in the standard Mini 10. Besides the processor options, the Mini 10v supports 1GB RAM, several embedded connectivity options, a 6-cell 56WHr optional battery, optional Bluetooth, 3 USB 2.0 ports (one of those powered), an integrated webcam and an internal 3-in-1 Flash memory card reader in a compact design that's barely over an inch thick.

Mini 10v customers can also order it with either Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04. Ubuntu systems can be ordered with an 8GB solid state drive (SSD), and both Ubuntu and Windows XP-based systems can be ordered with a 16GB SSD, or 120 and 160GB hard drive options.

As in the past, personalization is also important. The Mini 10v comes in the following colors. To see more pictures of it, go here on Dell's Official Flickr page.

  • Obsidian Black
  • Alpine White
  • Cherry Red
  • Ice Blue
  • Promise Pink (Pretty Pink outside the United States)
  • Jade Green
  • Passion Purple

For more on the Mini 10v, check out this vlog which features Brian Pitstick from Dell's Mini development team: