Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet is no longer for sale on

Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet is no longer for sale on

Summary: Another Windows RT slate appears to bite the dust, leaving whatever market there is to Microsoft's Surface RT and forthcoming Surface 2.


The long, strange trip for Dell's XPS 10 tablet looks like it's come to an end. Announced as part of the Windows RT fanfare almost a year ago, the XPS 10 saw its price slashed by $200 about six months later, as the company tried to deny rumors of poor sales.

Now it doesn't appear that the XPS 10 will be running up any more sales for Dell, at least on the firm's website. The tablet's product page is annoucing that it's no longer available and suggests that potential buyers consider the Latitude 10 instead.

Not surprisingly, the Latitude 10 runs a full version of Windows 8, which seems to be faring much better in the marketplace than the cut-down Windows RT. Microsoft's Surface RT has been a similar sales flop to the XPS 10 -- to the tune of a $900 million write-down.

While partner manufacturers are putting their Windows RT tablets out to pasture, Microsoft hasn't competely abandoned the format. The just-announced Surface 2 will run an updated version of the OS (Windows RT 8.1) when it becomes available next month.

As for Dell, it wouldn't directly comment to Engadget about the XPS 10's sudden departure from the company's website. Instead it promised to reveal its upcoming tablet strategy at a media event next week. Something tells me a Windows RT 8.1 device isn't in the cards after the XPS 10 experience, but stay tuned for further details.

Topics: Mobility, Dell, Tablets, Windows

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  • While Microsoft advertises the product vendors run for the hills

    Guess Microsoft needs to lose some more money on RT!
    • As long as Microsoft

      doesn't make the mistake or ordering way too many surface 2's there won't be a huge write-off associated with this model. Even if they can only manage to sell a couple of million in the next year that's not really that bad. It's not iPad numbers, but why is the success of tablets measured by that. If most of the people who buy them like them i'd say it's a success, not a blockbuster, but not a total failure.
      Sam Wagner
  • RT does not have a future

    I think Windows tablets and particularly convertibles have a future. A great future, even. But I really don't think RT does.

    Too much of the Windows action is in win32 (commercial apps) and .NET (LOB apps.) And it won't move to the "Windows Store" format any time soon - as a lot of Windows true power - the ability for programs to interoperate and exchange data - is deliberately crippled in that application format.

    Windows RT is just too under-powered without access to apps that make use of Windows' powerful capabilities. It really doesn't have a future.
    • Agree

      Backwards compatibility and access to vast amount of software is windows and microsofts biggest strengths. RT is crippled, confusing and lacks a market.
    • Also agree

      While I'm not a big fan of Apple, they do make great products, the iPad being one. I would sooner purchase an iPad than an RT tablet - with hardware being around equal in quality, the iPad just is too far ahead of the RT in ecosystem usefulness.

      That being said, I WILL purchase a Win 8.1 tablet as soon as the Bay Trail powered line is available from OEM's. There will be a plethora of fine machines, and I will have a tablet with a full blown OS. When the Windows app market fills up, that will be the icing on the cake, having MS's (built into win 8) RT available to me as an added bonus.

      Wonderful time for consumers isn't it?

      And a silly time to be a fanboi. Just find what works best for you, live with it, and let live.
      • I used to think about wanting the 'full blown OS'

        Over time, I came to realize its actually a bad thing. I'm not even saying windows is not a good OS, I am saying its not good for small tablets, which should be primarily consumption devices. Should I put a chevy big block engine in my honda fit? How about a mainframe computer in my house. Then I get some real power. Probably not a good idea either. Windows has its uses - tablets are not a good place for it.
        • Tablet's where one uses mostly modern apps are fine.

          But where windows works the best, in my opinion, is hybrid devices. They're marketing the surface rt/2 mostly as hybrid devices, even though their really meant to be used as tablets. That's one if the biggest problems I have with most of the rt devices. I think rt may be a good choice for smaller form factor tablets though.
          Sam Wagner
        • So your stance is computers should do less, because of their shapes.

          Why should a tablet do less than a laptop or desktop?

          Why should two computers with sufficient processing power be forced to run two completely different operating systems and two completely different ecosystems of programs?

          The entire history of computers revolves around them doing more, doing it fasters, doing it cheaper and giving users more abilities whereever they need to go.

          Yet you are making the claim that because a computers has a 10 inch screen it shouldn't be able to do the same things something with an 11 inch screen does.

          I can't believe so many people fail to see the idiocy of that line of thinking.
          • try

            Try doing AutoCad on 10 inch screen with no mouse ! Painful

            There's a use for each different devices
  • Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet is no longer for sale on

    Queen: Another One Bites the Dust !
  • Need numbers

    How much has the Dell Latitude sold? AFAIK almost all Windows tablets have sold less than 1M units. Microsoft overestimated demand but OEMs did not believe demand was there to begin with. So I don't believe RT should be dropped until more x86 tablets sell more than Surface RT.
    • Re: I don't believe RT should be dropped until more x86 tablets sell more t

      x86 tablets aren't selling either.
      • You can't have it both ways.

        OEMs have stopped making WindowsRT tablets, because they are not selling.
        OEMs are making many new models of x86 windows tablets... because they aren't selling either?

        Your posts always sound like you are trying to convince yourself as opposed to giving any factual information.
    • OEMs were trying to sell RT tablets for $600+ starting prices

      There was never any chance that was going to succeed.

      Less apps + higher pricing than the market leadering devices = failure.
  • This Is Wonderful News!

    I got suckered in to buying a Sharp TV I did not need via a Cnet email through Dell. The deal was get $200 in store credit at Dell. This was great because while I have 3 core I7 notebooks and several desktops a new tablet would be nice. After all with the credit line I opened with Dell I had $260 in credit to burn.
    The problem with Dell was they wanted to ram a Windows Tablet down my throat. I don't want Windows anything on a tablet (and apparently either did anyone else). I wanted to use my credit to purchase a tablet that ran the Android platform. Hopefully Dell will offer something customers will actually want to buy instead of offering junk from Microsoft!
  • To save RT

    So here's a crazy idea that might just save RT. Microsoft should release a software patch and USB cable so that when you plug your surface RT into another machine, the surface RT device acts like a second screen.Continue selling the $350.00 model as both a lightweight tablet/thin client as well as a second screen for your Surface Pro when you need to get hardcore.
    • Yeah

      That's crazy
      • So dang crazy just might work!
    • The only thing that will save RT..

      Is for them to combine their Phone and RT Tablets. That way one app will be on both devices. My understanding is that MS has essentially three platforms now that just happen to look alike. Which now when I just double checked IS true. However it looks like MS is looking to do that very thing. The lack of quality non MS apps is amazing.
      • In reality

        In reality I think you're right, and Windows RT's future lies in 7" tablets that also run Windows Phone apps.