The tablet race is certainly heating up. Even as Apple was unveiling a 7-inch slate, Dell also had an announcement to make: pre-orders for the XPS 10 Windows 8 RT tablet are now available, with the device set to ship in mid-December.
With the XPS 10 starting at a $500, it will be a direct competitor for Microsoft’s own Surface RT tablet, which also has the same price tag.
Sporting a 10.1-inch touch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, the latest slate from Dell will pack a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, making it a rather powerful device.
With 32GB or 64GB of flash storage available, the device will also house a 2-megapixel webcam and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Equipped with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, the XPS 10 will already have built-in LTE radio when it ships, thanks to its S4 chip, though 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity won’t be offered until later on, according to the company.
Like its Microsoft competitor, which doesn’t include its highly-advertized keyboard clip-on in its selling price, the XPS will have an optional Kensington KeyFolio case with stand and keyboard, though it will run customers an extra $74.
First announced in late August, the XPS 10 is targeted at both home and business users, with the company touting a slew of security abilities for businesses to easily manage the tablet. According to Dell, IT managers will be able to remotely disable the device is misplaced or stolen, eliminating the threat of leaking confidential information. Depending on what an enterprise IT director deems important, custom software images can also be deployed across a series of XPS 10 slates.
With the Oct. 26 launch of Windows 8 only days away, a new breed of tablets running Microsoft’s highly-anticipated operating system will be flooding the market, and just in time for the holidays!