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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: I might bite
By TakinYourPoints on 5/17/2013 3:04:05 AM , Rating: 2
WinRT tablets are kind of bad though, low resolution, outdated hardware, no applications. Windows tablets using x86 CPUs are a different story, but those compete with ultrabooks ion price and performance and have different usage scenarios and tradeoffs. I'd rather have a real laptop if I'm using that kind of hardware, but I understand if some people have a need for Windows 8 x86 tablets.

Otherwise, things like Flash are non-issues, websites ditched it for navigation years ago and video everywhere works without it. It is a tired argument, even Adobe has given up making it work for mobile. It has been unnecessary for mobile for years. For that matter it still sucks on Windows, its only plug-in that can reliably crash my browser (any browser) or send CPU usage to 100%.

With the iPad you get great apps, the fastest ARM tablet hardware, and the best screen. All of that is more than worth the trade for a "stale" interface (WinRT and Android aren't much better for that matter). Android tablets suffer from poor app support, too many upscaled phone apps, slower hardware, and inferior screens (obviously different if we're talking about the iPad mini).

If you don't need apps, that's cool. For me tablets are app machines, even more than smartphones are. Work applications (document editing, PDF viewing and editing, image editing) and games (tactics, strategy, CCG, and board games mainly) are what I use it for.

RE: I might bite
By Alexvrb on 5/18/2013 7:27:28 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't had problems with Flash for years. Except perhaps on systems with unstable Intel drivers/graphics. It's brought us a lot of great web content way before the big boys got the HTML5 ball rolling. Even today HTML5 can't fully replace it for everything.

The main reason Apple (and later Google and everyone else) killed it off is control. They didn't want Adobe calling the shots. But I think it's a shame to kill it off so soon, they should have at least supported it for a while longer with an optional browser extension.

RE: I might bite
By TakinYourPoints on 5/20/2013 3:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
Win7 running on a i7 860 with a GTX 680 here, every browser installed but I mainly use Chrome and Firefox. It is a pretty reliable system hog and browser killer, and I'm certain it will be on the Haswell system I assemble next month. Even if it happens only once a week, that's still too much.

Again, Flash isn't necessary anymore, not since webpage navigation has completely discarded it and video works on every mobile device without it.

Adobe had a second and third chance with Android, and even they couldn't make their plug-in less of a battery hog or more stable.

Adobe threw in the towel on improving their software on mobile, that says a lot. Fortunately it isn't needed on mobile, and on the desktop it mainly limited to being a video player.

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