Windows 8 tablets have been having trouble selling because they are simply too expensive compared to iPads, Android tablets and even Windows RT ones. Dell is doing something about the problem.
Last year in October (2012), Dell released
the Latitude 10 tablet, which carried the price of $650 / 650 Euro.
Curiously enough, this tag was actually low among Windows 8 slates. There were, and still are, tablets shipping for over $1,000 / 1,000.
That didn't stop Dell from revising the Latitude 10 though. In fact, the company has taken advantage of the opportunity provided by CES 2013 to introduce the Latitude 10 Essentials.
The specifications are mostly the same as the ones we listed here
, even before the tablet actually started shipping.
That means an Intel Atom Clover Trail CPU, a 10.1-inch HD display (1366 x 768 pixels), 2 GB of RAM, mini-HDMI, micro-SIM, the obligatory docking port, Gorilla Glass, a full-size USB 2.0 port, two webcams (HD on the front, 8 mp on the back) and a headphone/microphone combo jack.
The original Latitude 10 also has an active digitizer and a removable battery, and it is here that the difference between it and the Essentials is found. The latter lacks digitizer and has a normal, non-removable battery.
"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."
The 64 GB Dell Latitude 10 Essentials has a price of $579 / 579 Euro, while the 32 GB model should show up soon for $499 / 499 Euro.