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Dell XPS 10 review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Dell XPS 10 currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Dell XPS 10 is an attempt at a hybrid Windows 8 RT computer that is both a tablet and a portable laptop. Although it runs smoothly, thanks to the dual core processor, it doesn’t quite match up to competitors, even other hybrids.

Gloria Sin from Digital Trends comments that the XPS 10 is “Heavy for a mobile device”. Indeed, at 635 g (1.40 lb), its heavier than more functional and lighter Ultrabook alternatives. Another downside is that it only runs Windows 8 RT. This means that it will not work with full-featured desktop software like Photoshop.

On the plus side, the XPS 10 has a nice 10 inch display and “one of the longest battery life test results we've seen” according to PCMag’s Joel Santo Domingo.

With such limited functionality, this model is more tablet than laptop. And, if a Windows RT tablet is all you need, there are plenty of cheaper, tablet only alternatives out there.

The Good: Impressive battery life and a comfortable keyboard dock.

The Bad: Heavier and less functional than some alternatives.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


appPicker

Notes on a Roll is a very humorous spin on an otherwise dull genre of iPhone and iPad apps, and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

- Mark Bangs, appPicker
What Hi-Fi

It’s a shame, then, that the sound quality through headphones can’t match that. It’s got enough clarity and bass weight to handle movie soundtracks reasonably well, but it’s too easily coaxed into brightness. That’s not to say we’re not keen on the Dell. Movie performance is very good, the app count...

- Andy Clough, What Hi-Fi
Tech Advisor

The XPS 10 is a decent implementation of a Windows 8 RT hybrid tablet, though that isn't necessarily saying much. The run time with the dock is simply spectacular, however, and the versatility of the two-part design could make up for other shortcomings. Other than that, it's down to whether the form...

- Jon L Jacobi, Tech Advisor
PCWorld

The XPS 10 is a decent implementation of a Windows 8 RT hybrid tablet, though that isn't necessarily saying much. The run time with the dock is simply spectacular, however, and the versatility of the two-part design could make up for other shortcomings. Other than that, it's down to whether the form...

- Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld
Digital Trends

It's a shame that a perfectly decent device is bogged down by the still-glitchy Windows RT.

- Gloria Sin, Digital Trends


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Dell XPS 10's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
28WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 28 WHr battery. Dell's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

XPS 10 Specs

Overview
Release date October 26, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 28 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.4 x 17.7 x 2.4 cm (10.8 x 7 x 0.9 in)
Weight 635 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 155 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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