While other manufacturers continue to roll out new tablets, Dell seems content with offering new flavors of its flagship Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet. Back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it introduced a budget-friendly "essentials" version that was designed to appeal to the educational market, and now at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, it is unleashing the "enhanced security configuration" of the same slate.
The biggest additions to the new flavor are a fingerprint reader and an integrated smart card reader, which allow Dell to tout the Latitude 10 enhanced security edition as the only dual-authentication Windows 8 tablet currently on the market. The Dell Data Protection Access suite integrates with those authentication methods, and the Latitude 10 also boasts Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware, Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption, and Computrace tracking for lost or stolen devices.
You still get the same hardware as the original Latitude 10, including an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid-state storage, and a 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen. However, you will pay more for the privilege of all that protection, as the enhanced security edition costs $779, or $200 more than the base 64GB version.
However, Dell seems confident that enterprises will pay extra as part of their tablet deployment, and the company has just released findings from a study that it commissioned with Intel about the introduction of tablets into the healthcare system. The research, conducted by Harris Interactive through online interviews with healthcare IT execs, found that deploying Latitude 10 tablets instead of iPads was up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive, as well as up to 85 percent less expensive to maintain over a three-year period (of course, the Latitude 10 isn't even three years old yet).
You'll need to consider the source, given the findings, but it's one sign that Windows 8 tablets may have the best shot at competing against Apple in the enterprise, though Samsung is aiming for the same target with its new Knox security service for its Android devices.
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