MWC 2013: Dell rolls out Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet with enhanced security configuration

MWC 2013: Dell rolls out Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet with enhanced security configuration

Summary: The new version adds an integrated smart card and fingerprint reader, as Dell makes a major push to get its tablet deployed in the enterprise space.

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TOPICS: Tablets, Dell, Windows 8
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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.

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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.

Do you think the enhanced security of the Latitude 10 will give it a leg up with large organizations over the iPad? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Tablets, Dell, Windows 8

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  • LOL

    "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"

    And I'm sure that Apple has "research" showing that iPads save you twice as much over half as long. I'm not sure why anyone cites these studies. They are commissioned by a manufacturer to sell his product and are conducted in such a way as to reach the desired result. They are about as useful as consulting a palm reader for advice on how to adjust the carbureators on your Austin Healey.
    dsf3g
    • It makes sense though

      Ipads lower productivity and have no security at all from what I've seen. What Dell is saying makes sense even if they paid for the research
      Trentski
      • Win 8 is clearly more enterprise ready

        than anything form Apple. Out of the box Win 8 Pro/Ent is domain ready, plays nice with your existing Windows infrastructure and is more secure with less dependency on 3rd party tools.
        Rob.sharp
    • You are showing your age

      with your Austin Healey comment. Any good mechanic our age has a unisync gauge in their tool box, but then today's techs think all they need is a laptop.
      calfee20
    • Hard to imagine...

      In the enterprise tablets based on Windows aren't cheaper to purchase, operate and upgrade than iPad. Don't know how accurate Dell's numbers are but I'm sure Apple has no legitimate study indicating it's cheaper to deploy the iPad in the near or long term in the enterprise.
      widow maker
  • Functionality and the enterprise

    The enterprise is all about competition and having the best tools available to meet your clients expected and unexpected requests. If the IPad gives you the competitive edge then it's unbeatable but if there is something more competitive we know where the money is going. When on the road with clients I don't need any hiccups no matter how stylish or accessorized.
    primartcloud
  • Surprised

    We got one of these as a freebie with our bulk order of workstations. I told them I wasn't interested and to just give me the savings but they sent it anyway. I must say it is a nice piece of tech. The docking station is quite nice, I use it as a primary machine since I run citrix for the most part. One thing I wish all tablets had is Surface keyboard setups since this would be a dream for emails or quick remote work but without the keyboard the design is nice.
    turrenti@...
  • Tactivo + iPad = Same Security Configuration

    "Do you think the enhanced security of the Latitude 10 will give it a leg up with large organizations over the iPad?"

    No. Apple has had this through Tactivo for iPad as an add-on for several months.
    MobileGeek