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New entry-level price is under $300

Microsoft bet big on Windows RT as a tablet operating system for devices running ARM processors. So far, that bet hasn't really paid off with consumers staying far away from Windows RT devices. Some major computer manufacturers have abandoned their plans to launch Windows RT tablets while others have admitted disappointment in demand.

One Dell executive admitted in April that demand for Windows RT tablets has been disappointing. As a result, Dell has announced a significant price cut on its XPS 10 Windows RT tablet. The new entry-level price for the tablet has been slashed $299.99 -- before the price cut, the entry-level tablet went for $449.

The XPS 10 includes a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S 4 processor, a 10.1-inch screen (1366x768), and a 28 watt-hour battery. The large battery promises up to 10 hours of use per charge and the tablet has front and rear cameras along with 32 GB of storage.

A memory card slot is included for storage expansion and the tablet can be optioned with a removable keyboard dock. The entry-level $299.99 price point does not include the case or keyboard dock accessories. For $329.98, you can get the tablet and a case. If you want the tablet and the keyboard dock it will cost you $349.99.

The tablet with the keyboard dock and integrated 4G LTE capability on the AT&T network is now available for $499.99.
It's very interesting that the fully loaded LTE equipped tablet with the keyboard docking station is now only $50 more than the entry-level tablet used to be. The real question is will the new price points spur sales.

Sources: CNET, Dell

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RE: Specs are too low to be worthy of the XPS name
By Alexvrb on 5/15/2013 11:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
I like how you mention resolution and then move on to PPI, without bothering to mention screen size. Have you considered a career in politics? Don't get me wrong, I'd prefer a higher resolution. I'd also prefer Tegra 4 or something with a Rogue GPU. But I digress...

The XPS 10 is a 10.1" tablet. So, start rattling off name-brand 10" Android tablets with a higher screen resolution than this lowly 1366x768 tablet, at a $300 price tag. Nexus 10 springs to mind... if it was $100 cheaper.

Also, consider that most laptops in this price range (or even around $500 or so) use a screen of this resolution, only bigger, resulting in an even lower PPI. Yet not THAT many years ago I owned and used such a device, and even with the "massive" 15" screen, it wasn't ungodly terrible. On a 10" it will be great for your average tablet buyer.

RE: Specs are too low to be worthy of the XPS name
By Visual on 5/16/2013 4:08:47 AM , Rating: 2
It will be great for your average tablet buyer... except if they use it as a tablet.
These resolutions worked for laptops, and even work for tablets with OSes and browsers designed for small screens and zooming capability from the get-go... but for a Windows tablet, in portrait mode this resolution is literally unusable.
And unlike you I actually speak from experience.

RE: Specs are too low to be worthy of the XPS name
By Flunk on 5/16/2013 9:56:50 AM , Rating: 2
I actually don't have an issue with this resolution on a 10" tablet, sure the Nexus 10 has a better screen (except for the light leakage problem) but it's far from "unusable".

Considering the version with the keyboard dock is < $400 and it does come with Microsoft Office it's a fairly good deal it you want a convertible for surfing, email and MS Office. I think my mother's entire computer needs could be fulfilled by this.

By Visual on 5/17/2013 5:28:34 AM , Rating: 2
Very well, then name one thing that is usable in portrait mode...

RE: Specs are too low to be worthy of the XPS name
By Alexvrb on 5/18/2013 7:14:56 PM , Rating: 2
Modern UI *IS* designed for zooming and 10" screens. When you're using Modern and apps designed for Modern, it's fine. I own a Surface, and I mostly use my tablet in landscape, but it is fine in portait too.

So while your comment about speaking from experience is real cute, you're way off base. This XPS device is an ARM-based RT tablet. You are no doubt confused, and are thinking about Desktop on an x86 tablet. Not Modern and Modern apps, which work fine - as any Surface owner can attest.

Also, I'm still waiting for someone to mention a brand name $300 Android 10" device that has a significantly higher resolution right now. They're all in the same ballpark.

RE: Specs are too low to be worthy of the XPS name
By Visual on 5/20/2013 4:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
I've had Windows tablets before the iPhone was even an idea. I do speak from experience.

Generally "modern" is not a concern for me, I use real programs on my computers. The ARM version also has a Desktop mode, and the only reason anyone with a clue would buy such a device is to hack it and run recompiled desktop apps on it, go do the XDA dev site and see.

And the zoom functionality in "modern" IE is identical to the desktop version - putting it in portrait mode is the same as just resizing your window smaller. And then nothing designed for the desktop fits. Instead of autoresizing pages like mobile browsers do, you have to manually select the zoom level.

Not that even a perfect zoom would be much better - if you want to both have the whole content width and readable fonts, higher resolution screen is a must.

By Visual on 5/20/2013 6:36:26 AM , Rating: 2
Here's a new twist for you, I actually went and installed win8 on my old tablet and "modern" IE does not even want to start when in portrait mode because of the low resolution. That is the x86 version however, maybe they still let it start on RT.
Regardless, it will still be as unusable as the desktop version.

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