For $499, Microsoft will sell you its Surface RT tablet, which delivers a gimped version of Windows 8 designed for ARM-based hardware. It’s fine for running apps and surfing the web, but it doesn’t support full fledged Windows applications, not unless you step up to a Surface Pro slate. The two problems there are availability and price; you can’t yet buy a Surface Pro, and when it comes out, it will cost $899 or more. This is where Dell’s new Latitude 10 tablet has a decided advantage.
The Latitude 10 is aimed at business users, though there’s reason for home consumers to take notice, too. For one, it runs a full version of Windows 8 powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor clocked at up to 1.8GHz. No ARM here, it’s all x86. Equally important is that pricing starts at $499 for the 32GB model, albeit it won’t be available for a couple months. If you want to buy one today, you have to splurge $579 on the 64GB model, which is still far cheaper than Surface Pro.
“Dell’s heritage is rooted in meeting the needs of our customers with cost effective, tailored solutions that empower them to reach their potential be it in the office, classroom or hospital,” said Neil Hand, vice president, Dell end user computing products. “This legacy, combined with our portfolio of new enterprise services and product offerings, such as the Latitude 10, enables our customers to deploy the latest technology while balancing IT control and end-user productivity.”
Since this is an enterprise-ready tablet, it only seems fitting to mention some of its business-class features, such as optional Trusted Platform Management (TPM 1.2), a lock slot, optional fingerprint and smart card reader combo, encryption, and more.
Features everyone can get excited about include a removable battery, a reinforced magnesium alloy frame with Corning Gorilla Glass, 2GB of DDR2-800 memory, and a 10.1-inch IPS display, though it only runs 1366×768.