Dell aims new affordable Windows 8 tablet at schools, hospitals and small businesses

by Doug Drinkwater

January 10 2013

The 64GB version of the new Latitude 10 is available now
The 64GB version of the new Latitude 10 is available now

Dell has followed up the October launch of its Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet by releasing a new affordable model aimed squarely at schools and small businesses.

The Dell Latitude 10 “essentials” model retains the 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, the 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 2GB of RAM from the ordinary Latitude 10, but comes minus a swappable battery, connections for mini-USB and mini-HDMI and support for digitizer pens like the Wacom Active Stylus.

All of this has been done to bring the new model down to a reasonable price for schools and SMBs, with the 32GB model to be available at $499 when it debuts later this year. The 64GB version is available today and costs $579.

Each version runs Windows 8, thereby supporting new and legacy Windows applications, and does not require new mobile device management, according to Dell.

Optional extras include a $169 dock that offers four USB ports, a HDMI output and an Ethernet jack, and the DellSupport online and phone support service which gives users remote troubleshooting.

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