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Dell unveils business-grade Windows 8 devices


Lia Timson

The Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet.

The Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet.

Dell has unveiled a new range of Windows 8 hardware it hopes will capture the imagination of businesses starry-eyed about mobility and bring-your-own-device policies.

The new Latitude 10 tablet and 6430u ultrabook add to the XPS 10 tablet and XPS Duo 12 convertible ultrabook announced last month. All together, Dell is promising the Holy Grail of work-life balance to satisfy companies' need for device management, security and productivity, and worker's wishes for form and style.

"They all have enterprise-ready features," said a Dell Australian New Zealand spokeswoman. "They are the types of devices, if you as a consumer chose to take them to your place of work, the enterprise would be able to manage."

The Latitude 10 tablet will run on Windows 8, using Intel's Atom processor, while XPS10 will run on Windows RT, the ARM processor version of Windows 8.

Dell said its ability to provide end-to-end technology solutions, including security, using ARM architecture, meant a more secure mobility option for businesses.

But it's the removable battery, extra ports, enhanced data security features, industry specific software to be provided to sectors such as healthcare, government and education for the Latitude 10, that has the company hoping it will sway business buyers.

"To address these needs, this product includes a fingerprint reader and smartcard reader for effective two-factor authentication," the company said in a statement.

Dell's tablets will compete with Microsoft's own Surface. Dell was among a number of long-term Microsoft partners said to be disappointed at the software giant's surprise announcement that it would make its own tablet.  It joins Asus, Acer, Sony, Samsung, and Lenovo, among others, in launching Windows 8 tablets.

All are expected to be available at around the time Windows 8 is launched in October. Dell prices have not been announced.

"We've just received the prototypes in the country – we're out talking to our business customers and there's a lot of interest in having a Windows-based tablet," the spokeswoman said.

Analyst firm Gartner still expects Apple's iPad and the iOS operating system to dominate the tablet market despite the increased competition.


11 comments so far

  • The quest for the holly grail is in full swing.

    Date and time
    September 20, 2012, 4:33PM
    • Tablets are a great filler for when you don't want a laptop but need something bigger than a phone.Win 8 seems to be the best of both worlds - tablet and laptop. I'm tossing up between a new tablet or new laptop - this fills both needs in one go.

      It will be interesting to see how hard the win 8 computers hit the tablet market. They could really hurt the tablet market but hitting it from above, you get a "free" tablet with every win 8 tablet/laptop hybrid.

      Date and time
      September 20, 2012, 4:57PM
      • I have always like Dell, for their products, mainly desktop PC's and laptops. I am glad this tablet can double as a laptop and tablet. The only thing that bugs me is that it is in the same name brcaket as the XPS15, which is a hardcore gaming laptop.

        Date and time
        September 20, 2012, 5:02PM
        • never buy a Dell computer again ,its enough waste of money check this out:

          Date and time
          September 22, 2012, 10:50PM
      • Good grief: could they make the bezel any larger?

        I love how there's this huge stand off re Windows 8 tablet pricing: "I'm not showing you mine until you show me yours." Of course all involved are also anxiously waiting to see how much of a hit Microsoft is willing to take on the Surface in order to grab a share of the market. Bad times for Dell, Acer, Asus and friends...

        Date and time
        September 20, 2012, 5:19PM
        • I can see another vista coming on

          Date and time
          September 20, 2012, 5:40PM
          • I think you're wrong. I've tried Windows 8 and it's pretty good.

            Date and time
            September 21, 2012, 7:50AM
        • Tablet or laptop. I'll get both - in one package. 300 million+ laptops are sold a year, so that market will become dominated by Win 8 tablet-laptops. Hundreds of millions of people getting a free 10" tablet, even later they get passed to the kids "Can I have an iPad, just use my old laptop". That puts the hurt on the 10" iPad since anyone with a new stype laptop-tablet will already have a functional 10" tablet or bigger.

          Is this why Apple is adding the 7.8" iPad? It makes sense, a lighter, more mobile media player/book reader, positioned away from win 8 machines.

          Date and time
          September 20, 2012, 5:42PM
          • It will always be better next month!

            Date and time
            September 20, 2012, 8:27PM
            • The old model of trying to pitch to businesses who then force technology on their staff is a strange angle for Microsoft but then that is all they know. If the consumers like it then it will win market share, if they hate it then it will flop. Think of how well the Blackberry integrated with Exchange, far better than Android or iOS, but yet the consumers loved the Smartphones.

              Date and time
              September 21, 2012, 9:05AM

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