We knew Dell was working on tablets running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. Now we know what one of the first of those tablets could look like.
Neowin has published a leaked image showing a new product called the Dell Latitude 10. It’s a tablet with a 10 inch display, an Intel Atom processor, and Windows 8 software.
As with any leaked document there’s a chance that the specs could change before the product is actually released… or that the whole thing is a fake. But the details all look plausible.
Basically what we’re looking at is a tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a dual core Intel Atom Clover Trail processor, 2GB of memory and hard drive and solid state disk options. The tablet will be available with 2 cell or 4 cell batteries (30Whr and 60Whr) and a 2MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear camera.
The tablet will measure 10.8″ x 7″ x 0.4″ and weigh about 1.6 pounds.
Since this tablet would have an x86 processor it should be able to run legacy Windows apps as well as new software optimized for the Windows 8 Metro style user interface for tablets and other touchscreen devices.
It also meets the minimum requirements for all of the new Metro style features including the ability to run two Metro apps side-by-side on the same screen.
Neowin reports that the battery will be removable, with the 30Whr battery offering up to 8 hours of run time and the 60Whr battery topping out at around 12 hours.
It’s worth noting that Dell typically uses the Latitude brand for its business computers, suggesting this may be a tablet designed for enterprise customers. That would certainly help explain the removable battery — something that may be more important to business customers than to many consumers.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually see another Dell tablet positioned as part of the consumer-focused Inspiron family.
Removable battery is a plus. What sort of “stylus” are they talking about?
Wow. That doesn’t completely and totally suck, while making me scratch my head in wonder at what exactly it was they were smoking during the product inception meetings. This is a real departure for Dell, are you certain it’s theirs?
I mean this is the company that brought us 480×800 TN screens on a 7″ tablet for $400 almost a year after B&N brought 1024×600 IPS for less than $250 without apparently a thought as to how silly it is to make a product that’s all screen utilizing the cheapest POS you could find…I hope this is a sign of things to come. Not from Dell per se, but if this sets the minimum standard to expect, then Win8 tablets might not be utterly terrible. At least Win8 should have sub-pixel anti-aliasing on the fonts so you won’t need a completely ridiculous DPI to get the same effect… Which is good because clearly Dell isn’t trying to compete on resolution.
“Win8 should have sub-pixel anti-aliasing”
Will it allow me to disable it?
It should be a integral part of Metro, won’t effect Classic Desktop, and while the previews seem to show some of the old issues with this, they’re not finished developing and may still improve it to what WPF brought with .NET 4.0 (like there’s a feature called layout rounding that snaps all elements to whole pixel values) and the typical higher resolution screens for Windows 8 systems should help as well.
As long as it is better than the dell st…. what a lemon!
at least it is dual core this time.
It should be at least a little bit more than just that suggests as it’s suppose to have many of the same optimizations that they brought to Medfield.
Mind Medfield is the first time Intel was able to effectively lower power consumption without a equally major hit on performance.
Previous Z-Series chips for example added so much performance latency that even at the exact same clock speed a N-Series ATOM would pull ahead in performance. So they could never lower power consumption too much without inducing too large a hit on performance before Medfield.
Features like “Burst Mode” is basically a simpler version of Intel’s Core i-Series Turbo Boost feature that lets the CPU reach a little past it’s normal performance limits for short periods of time.
While dual core helps over come the latency added because ATOM’s are still “In Order Processors” and tablet usage usually has multiple things happening at the same time.
Mind Intel is also suppose to release better drivers for the Imagination PowerVR based GMA’s, which at the very least add full hardware media acceleration and are 2-3 times more powerful than previous ATOM GMAs.
While Windows 8 is also suppose to reduce system load and bloat, as well as run more efficiently.So we may see a tablet with performance closer to what Cedar Trail offers, while also still providing better run time and a OS finally optimized for Tablet use for a much less sucky experience than older ATOM based Windows tablets offered… Meaning they may finally be a okay solution unless you want to game or run powerful desktop apps.
Why not, ARM worked with even less performance for years and still did well in the tablet space. The next gen ARM chips coming out now are the first time ARM has ever rivaled the ATOM.
A lot has to do with how well the software works on the device and Windows 8 is the first version of Windows optimized for Tablet use and enhanced efficiency.
Mind they’re bringing some improvements to this release and combined with Windows 8 is rumored to be able to run 6-8 hours on the smaller battery and 10-12 hours on the larger, which means it could be one of the first x86 tablets with iPad like run times.
Never mind the battery can be swapped for another for even longer run times.
I can’t wait for Dull to discontinue this so I can get it for a song.
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