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Posted on September 19th, 2012 by Sasha Muller

Dell Latitude 10 review: first look

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We knew it was coming, but Dell has finally unveiled its business-friendly Windows 8 tablet, the Latitude 10. With a full-fat version of Windows 8 Pro, and Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors at the helm, this 10.1in tablet could be just what many businesses have been waiting for.

While we might have hoped for the futuristic design of Dell’s XPS 10 to trickle through to the business models, the Latitude 10 has its sights set on more practical concerns. Finished all in black, it’s clad in a grippy, soft-touch finish that feels good in the hand, and the sturdy body seems more than capable of surviving in a corporate environment. Weighing 725g with the standard two-cell battery, though, it’s definitely a little heavier than the average Windows RT or Android tablet.

It’s powered by Intel’s Atom Z2670 CPU and 2GB of RAM, while eMMC solid-state drives deliver up to 128GB of storage. Basic models are set to include 802.11n and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, but mobile broadband-enabled versions will also be available, with the SIM slot hidden away beneath the Latitude 10’s most novel feature – its removable battery.

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Dell will be offering both two- and four-cell batteries with the Latitude 10, although there was no mention of battery life estimates. Still, it’s a great addition, and one that finally makes it possible to keep a spare battery in a bag for emergencies.

Security is high on the list of priorities, with TPM 1.2 built in as standard, and Dell will be offering optional fingerprint and smartcard readers, as well as file-level encryption in the long list of configurable options.

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Dell has packed in a decent assortment of ports and connectors, too, including a single full-sized USB 2 port, a full-sized SD card reader, mini-HDMI and a micro-USB charging port alongside the propietary docking connector. Front and rear cameras are present and correct, too, with the 2-megapixel front-facing sensor buddying up with an 8-megapixel, LED flash-equipped camera at the rear.

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A keyboard dock is one notable absentee – instead, Dell’s touting an optional productivity dock, which houses four USB 2 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and an audio output.

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The Latitude 10 will be making its debut alongside Windows 8 on 26th October, so we’ll just have to wait and see if this is the affordable business-centric slate every IT department has been waiting for. Keep an eye on PC Pro next month for the full lowdown.

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10 Responses to “ Dell Latitude 10 review: first look ”

  1. MJ Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Don’t tell me – they don’t have prices yet?

     
  2. Sasha Muller Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’m afraid not, MJ. I’ll update the blog if and when we get confirmation.

     
  3. Clive Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’ll offer them £180 for it

     
  4. JJ Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Can’t we go back to calling a preview a preview instead of a “Review: First Look”.

     
  5. Damian Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    So far, in work, we have two staff members testing Windows 8 full time…

    - Factory Manager
    - Sales guy

    The factory manager has everything pretty much as it was with Windows 7 and he’s very, very happy. Could also be that his laptop now has an SSD as well

    The sales guy, well, his eyes nearly popped out of his head when he witnessed the new Windows UI. He’s the usual sort that owns an ipad and iPhone and was especially ‘happy’ once I’d added his favourite team to the Sports app.

    Both are happy. Both are working exactly as they did before. Both have taken to the new UI with ease. Neither has a touch screen.

    Funny that.

    Personally I really do like Windows 8 and cannot wait to get one of these Atom based tabs.

     
  6. Damian Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    P.s. We had two Latitude ST tablets in work and apart from the terrible single core atom it was a really, really solid device. The N-trig wasn’t bad so this device with a Wacom pen should be much, much better.

     
  7. David Wright Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    How does Windows 8 on an Atom cope with screen rotation?

    We had a Windows 7 Atom based tablet for testing, but the 2 second blank screen when switching from portrait to landscape mode made it a non-starter!

    The Core i5 Series 7 Slate I tried last week was better, but there was still a half second blank screen on orientation change, not exactly keeping up with the Jonses.

     
  8. milliganp Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    On Amazon you can buy an external battery pack with 60Wh capacity for £36. This is every bit as convenient as being able to carry a replacement battery.
    @Damian, thanks for the practical post on Windows 8, I might just hang up my prejudices and give it a serious try!

     
  9. Damian Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    The older Atom slates were really, really, REALLY slow due to the cpu being a single core with zero turbo. Thank you intel for, well, nothing really. The HP 2, Q550, Dell st and Motion cl9 all suffered and that’s a shame as they were quite nice.

    The new dual core Atom should, hopefully, dramatically out pace the old cpu and possibly be close or exceed the performance of the Acer W500.

    @milliganp. No problem. Once Windows 8 becomes a day to day thing you’ll actually start to miss the features when you jump back to a Windows 7 machine. Odd as there has been quite a bit of negative press. (Change can be hard)

     
  10. Fred Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    The Windows 7 Latitude ST was a total piece of garbage. I have doubts that this will be any better…

     

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