Dell cuts price of Windows RT XPS 10 tablet to $300

About a month ago, we reported that prices of tablets running on Microsoft's Windows RT had experienced deep price drops. Today, Dell continued the trend by cutting the price of its Windows RT tablet, The XPS 10, down to just $299.99, a price reduction of $150 from its previous level, and a full $200 down from when the XPS 10 first went on sale in October 2012.

It's the first time we have seen a Windows RT tablet priced below $300 directly from its manufacturer and is for the 32 GB version of the XPS 10. Dell is selling the tablet with some optional extras for higher prices. For the XPS 10's original price of $499.99, you can now get the 64 GB version, plus a mobile keyboard dock and a 4G LTE antenna that connects to AT&T's network.

Even with the low sales and drastic price reductions of these tablets that run on the ARM processor, Microsoft is sticking with Windows RT, according to statements made today by Windows CFO Tami Reller. Dell has also indicated it still has plans to release future Windows RT products but specifics have yet to be revealed.

Source: Dell via CNET.com | Image via Dell

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If it was 300 when windows was released, they would have sold millions, business would have rushed creating apps, and things may worked well, but now? Who knows, maybe ?

About two weeks ago I bought a 64Gb refurbished XPS 10 with the keyboard dock for just $315 using a special coupon on Dell's site. (I'm typing on it now, in fact.) We already own a Surface RT and two Surface Pros, but this was too good a deal to pass up really. It's a good machine, though not equal to the Surface IMHO. Still worth considering if you can get one at a fire sale price.

Sale or not, it's good to see any W8 tablet coming down to more reasonable prices.

Discussions about apps being there or not, RT is a viable alternative for the iPad or Android tablets. If you really want to run desktop apps, get a tablet with a Atom or i3/5/7 in it.

The "RT cannot run desktop apps" discussion is just plain silly, and is only kept alive by trolls and very ignorant people who just want to complain because it's MS. There... I said it... ;-)

FYI: This tablet has a problem with the way it handles the tablet battery and keyboard battery. When the tablet is docked to the keyboard, the tablet's battery is FIRST depleted then the keyboard dock battery. It's totally flawed, and apparently Dell isn't fixing it.

Example:
1. Both tablet and dock fully charged (assume tablet is 8 hours, dock is 10 hours).
2. Tablet is docked in the keyboard.
3. You use tablet for 3 hours while docked.
4. After 3 hours, the dock is still at 100%, and the tablet has lost 3 hours.
5. After you undock the tablet, you will only get 5 hours left instead of the max 8 hours.
6. Apparently, this is by design for some stupid reasons I still don't understand.

It works for what I need it: watch online streaming shows that must require Adobe Flash. It's the only one that was cheap enough to work well with Hulu.com (without Plus membership). It also works well with Amazon Instant Video services. I got the tablet + dock = $341 shipped.

You can look at that way, but technology always gets cheaper. All early adopters are ripped off....

In this case, it's probably the fact that it's slow moving inventory, so it needs to go on sale.

So... no.

pookie62 said,
You can look at that way, but technology always gets cheaper. All early adopters are ripped off....
My thoughts exactly.

Torolol said,
so early adopters are absolutely ripped off ?

I don't understand this logic. Products drop in price after a period of time, deal with it.

siah1214 said,

I don't understand this logic. Products drop in price after a period of time, deal with it.

True, one good example is consoles. And since we're about to see the launch of the new Sony and Microsoft machines at year end, expect the usual limited supply to spawn ebay gauging in the range of $1500 for a $400 console.

Torolol said,
so early adopters are absolutely ripped off ?

And the late adopters too, who even wants a tablet, let alone a windows one that doesn't run windows programs!

dvb2000 said,

And the late adopters too, who even wants a tablet, let alone a windows one that doesn't run windows programs!


oh i don't know, possibly the same users buying ipads or android tabs, which don't run windows apps. I know its a stretch, but i might be right. Jesus!

dvb2000 said,
And the late adopters too, who even wants a tablet, let alone a windows one that doesn't run windows programs!

I bought an RT tablet on purpose because I couldn't afford an Intel one and an office license.