More details revealed on Dell's Windows 8 tablet plans

A few weeks back, a very generous tipster handed us two slides from an internal Dell slide deck showing two upcoming Windows 8 tablets. What we have for your eyes today are the rest of the slides from one of those decks, specifically the Dell Latitude 10.  

The information comes from another insider who graciously provided us the entire deck which you can see below. What we can muster from this new information is that the launch window will be from mid-November to mid-January (we are hearing mid November is the target) and a few other savory details about WOA and a new dock. 

As we previously stated, there will be two battery options (2 cell or 4 cell), 10.5mm thin for the standard edition and 13.4mm for the security edition. There will also be a mobile docking station available with the device with four USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI, built in mobile broadband connectivity and an optional stylus.

There's plenty more to see in the slides in the gallery but we should note this is not their Windows RT tablet as we have been told by multiple sources that Dell is working on more than one Windows 8 tablet. In fact, the WOA tablet, we hear, is slated for an October release but currently Dell is having some issues getting Windows RT to a state where they can do robust end user testing. Our source would not elaborate on why this is but reiterated that that they are targeting October for a launch.

Not enough Dell information for you? Fine. The last bit of news that we are hearing out of camp Dell is that they are working on bringing ultrabooks to the corporate environment.  While we know this seems quite obvious, Dell is trying to tackle the problem of ports on ultrabooks. What they are working on, and targeting a late summer release, is a wireless dock for ultrabooks.

The idea is that ultrabooks are great for portability but lack on connectivity and they want a dock that will connect effortlessly to the ultrabook to provide the additional ports that are needed. No word on what wireless technology the dock will use, but stick around as the pilot program for this should begin here shortly. 

Thanks for the tip Unknown Soldier!

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ACTIONpack said,
Don't like how the Dell tablet looks like. Needs more work and more so on the back side.

It's a business tablet. When have business computers ever looked sexy?

Jose_49 said,
Hope they get to release a XPS tablet.

Looks like they will. It says it uses a docking station also compatible with Latitude ST and XPS [tablet]

Latitude is designed for the office and is typically cheap/medium priced. Currently the ultra mobile Latitudes are the most expensive ones at roughly £1000 so this one seen here will very likely not got above that. £500-800 is my guess.

thealexweb said,
Atom?

They'll have some higher end intel hardware too I bet, for a price. THere's always the AMD mobile x86 APUs though, those are the better choice vs Atom anyways.

GP007 said,

They'll have some higher end intel hardware too I bet, for a price. THere's always the AMD mobile x86 APUs though, those are the better choice vs Atom anyways.

Hmm Windows RT with some good chips from the likes of AMD and Texas Instruments will strike a better balance between power and battery life. Obviously Windows 8 and i5 would smash everything in terms of power but it would yield a woeful battery life.

thealexweb said,

Hmm Windows RT with some good chips from the likes of AMD and Texas Instruments will strike a better balance between power and battery life. Obviously Windows 8 and i5 would smash everything in terms of power but it would yield a woeful battery life.

Right, depends on battery life for sure. I expect the average x86 tablet will get 8-9hr's though while ARM based tablets could hit 12hrs or maybe more, we'll just wait and see.

Too much on the specualtions people....until we have real world testing it is not even an educated guess on the battery life.

2GB of RAM is not enough for an RT tablet? We don't know that for certain yet. 4GB is expected out of a Win8 Tablet based on Intel Processor and Running Full Windows APPs but on RT Tablets since they are tweaked versions of Office and the APPs for them will be tweaked it might not require that much memory. Look at the IPAD and Android Tablets with 512MB or 1GB of RAM. We are just starting to see 2GB surface in the news.

Windows 8 tablet need battery life 7-10 hours to stay productive and it must be fanless and does not overheat

I don't want to buy a tablet that has crazy fast processor, ultra retina display, ultra fast gpu but battery last for 2-3 hours only

Hrmm I don't like the sound of the battery life on this thing. If you could get a business days worth out of it you would think they'd say. Sounds like you'll need the 4cell to achieve that which means more weight and more bulk...ram is so cheap there's no excuse for not having 4gb..

It's inevitable that win8 tabs will cost more than an iPad but they have to have all day battery, descent specs and smooth performance and price that equals the specs, otherwise these will just be niche products like every other windows tablet or mid thus far.

Not too fond of Dell batteries. Had two laptops and the batteries don't last, fail completely far too quickly and replacement prices are expensive.

oceanmotion said,
Not too fond of Dell batteries. Had two laptops and the batteries don't last, fail completely far too quickly and replacement prices are expensive.

Dell batteries are 9 times out of 10 are Sanyo or Sony battery packs.

Nice that it has replaceable batteries! But 2GB RAM is quite little in this day and age... Why not offer an upgrade to at least 4GB?

Kai Y said,
Nice that it has replaceable batteries! But 2GB RAM is quite little in this day and age... Why not offer an upgrade to at least 4GB?

Memory is a big drain on power.

gregalto said,
ohh delicious inside info, but what about price man?

Judging from the price of my slate. £500-£800.

gregalto said,
ohh delicious inside info, but what about price man?

The price is so high that they didn't have space on the same sheet to show it, and obviously the sheet with the price got lost, but still looking forward to see what's the final price :-P

Xerax said,

Judging from the price of my slate. £500-£800.

I doubt it. Start at $1.5k/£1k then increase depending on the size of the ssd.

simplezz said,

I doubt it. Start at $1.5k/£1k then increase depending on the size of the ssd.

Urm.. My 4gb, i5, 128gb SSD Samsung Slate cost $1000. So these have to be at-least £200 cheaper..

Astra.Xtreme said,

Ouch, that would be an insane price.

Between 100-200 more than an 32gb iPad? Not really that insane.