As a part of the trend of combining the touchscreen with the conventional setup of a mouse and keyboard, Dell has launched XPS 10, its Windows RT tablet with a detachable keyboard. The company has started accepting pre-orders for the device, but the shipping is expected to begin only around the middle of December. Targeted at both business and home use, Dell XPS 10 is looking at a fighting competition from Microsoft’s Surface RT, Asus Viva Tab RT, Samsung Ativ Tab, and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11.
Dell XPS 10 is ARM based and uses the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It is designed similar to the other devices by the company in the XPS series. It promises an enhanced Windows experience with highly responsive multi-touch and excellent transition on swiping. The tablet comes with a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution 10.1 inch touchscreen protected by high strength Asahi Dragontrail glass. With a thickness of below 10mm, it looks sleek and smart. The users of this slender and lightweight device are likely to experience the feel of using a sophisticated Android tablet. The basic model of XPS 10 has an internal memory of 32GB, but those willing to shell out a little more money can have it expanded to 64GB. Dell is expected to provide for 3G/4G connectivity by the year-end or early next year.
The rear of XPS 10 has an autofocus 5 megapixel camera, in addition to the 2 megapixel one with 720p video placed above the screen. Enhanced audio features and HD display offer audio-video excellence that compares with the best. Among the other features of the tablet are Bluetooth 4.0, micro SD slot and dual band Wi-Fi. The optional keyboard or docking station includes a touchpad, additional battery, stereo speakers, and some connectivity options such as HDMI output, USB port, etc. The 32GB Wi-Fi model of the Dell XPS 10 is priced at $499, and the 64GB will cost $599. Meanwhile, those opting for the keyword will have to pay our $180 for each version.
Considering the options that the users have for ultraportable laptops, which is really what the tablets with removable keyboards are, the success that Dell XPS 10 will enjoy is quite uncertain. Though the device looks promising enough, how its actual performance turns out to be and whether the consumers take to it will be known only after it becomes available for use.