Although tablets have made some inroads into the enterprise market, many are expecting Windows 8 to open the floodgates. Dell is dipping its paddle into the market, announcing the availability of the Windows 8-based Latitude 10 for pre-order.
Set to start shipping in mid-November, the Latitude 10 will be the Intel-based alternative to the XPS 10, another tablet recently made available by Dell. Sporting the same 10.1-inch IPS 1366 x 768 pixel display as its RT-enabled brother, the Latitude’s defining feature will be its Intel 1.8GHz dual-core Atom Z2760 (Clover Trail) processor.
Equipped with USB 2.0, an SD card reader, a miniHDMI slot and a microUSB port, the tablet will be aimed at the enterprise, replacing the company’s current business tablet, the Latitude ST, which packs an older Intel chipset and runs Windows 7. With features like a replaceable battery and x86 support to run legacy Windows applications, Dell is trying to make this device as attractive as possible to businesses, as the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) increases in the work place.
The Latitude 10 will ship with 2GB DDR2 of RAM and 64GB of storage, while it will also offer 802.11a/g/b/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Housing dual cameras, with an 8-megapixel shooter in the rear and a 4.0-megpixel front-facing webcam, the tablet will also come with Windows 8 32-bit, as Windows 8 Pro 32-bit will be $35 extra.
Starting at $650, the Dell Latitude 10 sells with an optional docking station with four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, audio out, and Ethernet — though like most accessories, customers will have to pay an extra fee of $130 for it. Windows users yearning for a stylus like that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 can get a Wacom version for the Latitude for $50, while the Kensington KeyFolio case with stand and keyboard can be purchased for an additional $74.