CES 2013: Dell announces cheaper Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet configuration

CES 2013: Dell announces cheaper Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet configuration

Summary: The Latitude 10 essentials version loses its replaceable battery and a few other features, but starts at just $499 and is aimed at the enterprise and education markets.

TOPICS: CES, Dell, Tablets, Windows 8

As the Windows 8 tablet market become more competitive, price will become an increasingly important differentiator. Dell hopes to get a jump on that trend with its announcement that it is offering a cheaper version of its Latitude 10 Win 8 slate.

Most of the new "essentials" configuration remains the same as the more full-featured Latitude 10, including the Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 10.1-inch 1,366x768 display complete with Corning Gorilla Glass. However, the new version eschews a swappable battery for a sealed one, and it also lacks a few other niceties like a flash for its rear-facing camera and mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports. It no longer supports digitizer pens like the Wacom Active Stylus, though it still works with a passive stylus. 

The result, however, is a starting price of $499 for the 32GB edition, or $579 for the 64GB flavor. (The 64GB model is available right now, while the 32GB version will bow later this year.) That makes the Latitude 10 essentials config perfect for the markets Dell is targeting: schools looking for an affordable tablet for its students, and enterprises planning to roll out a fleet of Windows 8 devices for its employees. For the latter segment, there's the optional dock that includes four USB ports, HDMI output, and Ethernet jack for $169. 

Does a more stripped-down, but cheaper Latitude 10 tablet make sense for Dell and for Windows 8 adoption in general? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

[Via PC World]

Topics: CES, Dell, Tablets, Windows 8

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  • 7 inchers

    I want a 7 inch Win 8 tablet that only runs Store apps for under $199 and $149. Doesn't matter even if its plastic or polycarbonate, call it Xbox-Surface or whatever.
    • 7 inchers

      $299 is much more realistic from MSFT. I dont see them getting into the business of giving tablets away ala Google & Amazon.
  • This is great to see.

    We have seen a lot of great things from OEMs this CES it will be nice to see the price of full windows 8 tablets come down.
  • I think Asus VivoTab smart is better than Dell

    for the same price with similar or little better hardware spec. We get rear flash, and also 32 GB for Asus Web Storage for 3 years free with 5GB to keep forever. Both doesn't support Wacom Digitizer anyway.
    Ram U
    • Dell build quality looks superior to me

      I think the Dell at $499 is a great deal. The build quality is very good, and this is something I tend to find suspect with Asus.

      Who really needs rear flash on a tablet? Just my opinion, but I would rather take photos with my DSLR or my Nokia 920.
  • Differentiation

    Products have differentiate to be noticed. Price is key but there has to be something that makes it irresistible. Dell should get some out of the box, non conventional designers, they will clash with your straight jacket types but might save the company. They may all be in lockstep right into a dead end. Diversify or wind up where the GOP finds itself, a lot of cash but so outa touch.
  • Dell has three offered PCs with Windows 8

    The Latitude 10 tablet that runs the full version of Windows 8 claims Dell it is. "First fully-functional, enterprise-ready tablet experience at a price under $ 500" So far, Dell has three offered PCs with Windows 8.
  • Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 Tablet

    Nice looking but from $499 to more than $979?? for an ATOM CPU??
    Come on......there are better deals out there with i3 or i5 CPU.