Dell Lowers Cost to Purchase Windows 8 Tablet
Chip Chick

Dell is turning into a serious player in the tablet market with a low-cost Windows 8 tablet that's able to provide a full PC experience. The first wave of Windows tablets has failed to woo price-conscious consumers: Microsoft's Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro, for example, costs a whopping $899. Dell's new Latitude 10 Essentials is a full featured enterprise ready Windows 8 tablet - thus supports new and legacy Windows 8 applications - that has a starting price of just $499. Available in the coming months, the first sub-$500 Windows 8 tablet features 32 GB of storage, 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor supported by 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass, and 2MP front and 8MP rear cameras.

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  • Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT also has a starting price of $499, but the Windows RT devices are unable to install third-party desktop programs. The market leading iPad, which runs on Apple's proprietary iOS software, also costs $499.
  • The Essentials has the same processor, RAM and display as the pricier and previously-announced Latitude 10 but it doesn't have the swappable battery, the rear camera LED flash, mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports, a Wacom Active Stylus, and a SIM card slot that are all found in the standard Latitude 10.
  • While the sub-$500 tablet is yet to reach shelves, a 64 GB version of the Essentials is already available starting at $579.

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This could be particularly useful for educational environments and businesses where having access to specific Windows legacy apps could be crucial. - Andrew Grush, Mobile Magazine  
At $499, it’s not a bad deal, considering all other specifications are the same as the higher priced model: Intel Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory, 10.1-inch IPS screen with 1366 x 768 resolution, 10-finger multitouch and Corning’s Gorilla Glass all with Windows 8 Pro. - GigaOM, Kevin C. Tofel  
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The essentials variant uses the same 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor supported by 2GB of RAM as the normal version, as well as the 10.1-inch 1366x768 IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass. The 2MP front and 8MP rear cameras remain the same, though loses the LED flash, and the essentials body does not have the option to insert a SIM card.

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