Last week, Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green said the software giant needed to educate consumers more on the benefits of RT tablets which have been criticized for not running legacy Windows software.
Unlike the Window 8 line of tablets based on Intel or compatible x86 processors, Windows RT tablets are based on ARM chips and won’t run standard Windows software. However Microsoft has developed a custom version of its Office software for RT that’s included with those tablets.
The XPS 10 includes a 10.1-inch HD display, Office Home & Student 2013 RT, and is powered by a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz processor with 32 GB of flash storage. Also included: frontside webcam (2MP) and 5MP rear-facing camera. Dell says the $299 price is a limited time offer.
A higher priced model with 64GB storage and an optional mobile keyboard dock are also available.
Ironically, there was a false rumor making the rounds leading up to the release of Microsoft’s first Surface tablets last October, that they would be priced as low as $300. Many analysts hailed the news as an aggressive strategy to better compete with the iPad. (In fact, the Surface RT came out at $499). Just last week, analysts at IDC said Microsoft needs to cut the price of its Surface RT tablet to make it more attractive to buyers.