This is Dell's Windows 8 tablet

Dell is working on a Windows 8 tablet; we know this because Dell told us that they are planning to launch a Windows 8 tablet, easy enough. What we did not know is what will be driving the tablet under the hood, at least, until now.

As you can see from the slide above, we are looking at a 10.8 inch tablet, 1366x768 resolution, dual core Atom processor, fingerprint reader, Intel graphics (x86 tablet folks), 2 GB of ram, 128 GB SSD and of course it will be running Windows 8. We should note that it looks a lot like the Dell Latitude ST, naturally the specs have been upgraded and it will run Windows 8.

A key feature of the tablet will also be a removable battery that will come in two flavors. We are hearing that the smaller battery will get 6-8 hrs of battery life and the larger battery will get 10-12 hours.

We highly suspect that Dell will be putting out more than one tablet and the specs above represent one model of possibly several that will hit the market. We are hearing that this tablet will be ready for launch in the late Fall/November time-frame; we have not heard any information on pricing at this point. 

If you recall, we brought light to the HP Windows 8 tablet that is currently in development which puts this Dell model in good company. The end result is that there will be multiple Windows 8 tablets come November which should give the consumer plenty of options to find the perfect tablet for their needs.

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Perfectly designed to hook with MS Office 365 Business market.

This is for a "Business pack" that MS wants to get a old. and I must say that is a good market target.
With reports that most Ipad/Android users are not fully happy with their tablets, here comes a "solution" for total connection with home pc and work pc...

but ...Dell ? I would prefer ASUS or TOSHIBA.

Fayker said,
Perfectly designed to hook with MS Office 365 Business market.

This is for a "Business pack" that MS wants to get a old. and I must say that is a good market target.
With reports that most Ipad/Android users are not fully happy with their tablets, here comes a "solution" for total connection with home pc and work pc...

but ...Dell ? I would prefer ASUS or TOSHIBA.


I am sure lenovo will have fantastic(expensive) business products. so will HP.
The Nokia tiviti or whatever it is called (shoot nokia marketing in the rear pls) stole my heart.

Since those specs are similar to the already shipping HP Slate that runs about $799 … I imagine the price of this unit with a higher resolution screen and faster processor to run about the same or less.

Zero chances on the consumer market for this device. Way too expensive, weak battery life and sub-par display resolution. This is exactly what MUST NOT happen with the Windows 8 tablet offering.

This is exclusively for businesses and considering the probable street price, the iPad is safe to continue its foray into the corporate world.

Jason_Coffey said,
I will be glad when all this tablet crap fizzles out

Hello 2010 (when peeps expected iPad fail)...you will never be glad.

At 500$ the Acer W500 beats this out by a long shot in specs.

If this thing is anymore then 400$ its a useless effort by dell and microsoft.

Klownicle said,
At 500$ the Acer W500 beats this out by a long shot in specs.

If this thing is anymore then 400$ its a useless effort by dell and microsoft.


Now how exactly is this an effort by Microsoft? Your criticism I assume is of the hardware.

Klownicle said,
At 500$ the Acer W500 beats this out by a long shot in specs.

If this thing is anymore then 400$ its a useless effort by dell and microsoft.

The W500 has a better GPU; however, how well does the C-50 APU compare to the Atom Z670 of the current Latitude ST, let alone the improved Latitude ST? (AMD's Fusion line of APUs take a step forward with the graphics, but at least a step back, if not two, compared to the Atom Z in terms of CPU performance.)

A340600 said,
I hope Dell will release a Windows 8 tablet with high resolution than 1366x768.

Considering that Dell can't seem to release a laptop smaller than 15" with a screen res higher than this, it's highly improbable.

Seriously, Dell...what happened man? You used to be cool.

jimmyfal said,
I remember when us Windows users did not have to fear price at all. WTF.

The problem is that Windows demands more resources than other, more efficient OS'. Consequently, it needs costlier hardware to run it.

simplezz said,

The problem is that Windows demands more resources than other, more efficient OS'. Consequently, it needs costlier hardware to run it.

Since when ? The trend Windows is going is the exact opposite, Windows 7 consumes less resources then Vista, 8 consumes less then 7. If you compare it to the only viable competition (OsX) we see the opposite. ML won't even run on some weak integrated gpu macs. Judging from the specs and the fact that this is an x86, your statement doesn't seem to be even remotely true..

Interesting concept, but as others have noted, I fear the price. If it's not even remotely close to the iPad and is running the "RT" edition (so it can't run normal windows apps as I understand it), I get the feeling this will be DOA. It will sell somewhat, but it's not something that is going to do really well if it's significantly more expensive than the iPad. Even if it's on par with the iPad, the "version 1" feeling will be a hindrance to sales. Guess I will wait until closer to the release of these to see more. I'm interested, but a bit worried about how much this will cost.

paschott said,
Interesting concept, but as others have noted, I fear the price. If it's not even remotely close to the iPad and is running the "RT" edition (so it can't run normal windows apps as I understand it), I get the feeling this will be DOA. It will sell somewhat, but it's not something that is going to do really well if it's significantly more expensive than the iPad. Even if it's on par with the iPad, the "version 1" feeling will be a hindrance to sales. Guess I will wait until closer to the release of these to see more. I'm interested, but a bit worried about how much this will cost.

This is runing the x86 version, the "regular" windows....

paschott said,
Interesting concept, but as others have noted, I fear the price. If it's not even remotely close to the iPad and is running the "RT" edition (so it can't run normal windows apps as I understand it), I get the feeling this will be DOA. It will sell somewhat, but it's not something that is going to do really well if it's significantly more expensive than the iPad. Even if it's on par with the iPad, the "version 1" feeling will be a hindrance to sales. Guess I will wait until closer to the release of these to see more. I'm interested, but a bit worried about how much this will cost.

This is not an RT tablet. It has Atom which is x86. It most likely will be expensive though because it's a latitude and those are meant for business (unless you buy refurb from the Dell outlet). We'll have to wait for their consumer one to see a good price.

ahhell said,
Not sure what your problem is but Dell makes decent stuff.

Since when? Their sales numbers are terrible and they are consistently rated one of the worst PC manufacturers. They make cheap junk. And not "cheap" in the sense of price.

Astra.Xtreme said,
It's a Dell... No thanks.

Although part of me wants to agree, especially with their products years past, I have their new XPS 13 Ultrabook and I have to say, I'm extremely impressed with it. The design, build quality, features, all top notch.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Since when? Their sales numbers are terrible and they are consistently rated one of the worst PC manufacturers. They make cheap junk. And not "cheap" in the sense of price.


How exactly are sales numbers relevant to build quality? Also, try posting a source as "pulled out of your ass" isn't an acceptable one.

ahhell said,

How exactly are sales numbers relevant to build quality? Also, try posting a source as "pulled out of your ass" isn't an acceptable one.

Um, because people buy things that are quality. And since Dell generally doesn't fit that profile, their sales are taking a hit. It's common sense actually...
Regarding a source, here you go:
http://www.pcworld.com/article...sfaction_macbooks_rule.html
And there are plenty more than that.
Bye...

ahhell said,
Not sure what your problem is but Dell makes decent stuff.

And has the best Warranty support from all the PC suppliers.

Sigh... "2 cell/4 cell, 30/60 WHr, swappable Battery" right, I don't care about the specs just tell me how long it lasts, I'm guessing not very long seeing how they didn't put that in there...

The Laughing Man said,
2GB DDR2 / Intel Atom....

That price is disgusting and insulting.

What price? There is none listed. also this is a leak. The specs could be totally different. heck this could be one of the business tablets and not a home one.

So how can a non existent price be disgusting and insulting?

majortom1981 said,

What price? There is none listed. also this is a leak. The specs could be totally different. heck this could be one of the business tablets and not a home one.

So how can a non existent price be disgusting and insulting?

This IS a business tablet. The Latitude in the name gives that away.

thealexweb said,
Great specs, bit doubtful about the battery life though

it's the new clovertrail cpu. this isn't your dad's atom device.

thealexweb said,
Great specs, bit doubtful about the battery life though

Windows 8 improves battery life immensly.
Battery life won't be as long as Windows RT based tablets, but enough to get you through a busy day of meetings, with a full desktop OS underneath.

neonspark said,

it's the new clovertrail cpu. this isn't your dad's atom device.

Intel has been repeating this mantra for every new die shrink. It hasn't happened yet.

deadonthefloor said,

Windows 8 improves battery life immensly.
Battery life won't be as long as Windows RT based tablets, but enough to get you through a busy day of meetings, with a full desktop OS underneath.

Not to be pessimistic, but I'll believe that when I see it.

I bet the specs are outdated and will change before the final release.

First of all, who the hell would sell DDR2 memory with a brand new device?

Jose_49 said,
I bet the specs are outdated and will change before the final release.

First of all, who the hell would sell DDR2 memory with a brand new device?

because its cheaper and most people cant tell the difference on a device like this..

Jose_49 said,
I bet the specs are outdated and will change before the final release.

First of all, who the hell would sell DDR2 memory with a brand new device?

DDR2 is irrelevant unless you are doing desktop level stuff.

Jose_49 said,
I bet the specs are outdated and will change before the final release.

First of all, who the hell would sell DDR2 memory with a brand new device?

Maybe the processor can't utilize the extra speed, so this is a cost-cutting measure.

Lachlan said,

because its cheaper and most people cant tell the difference on a device like this..

Actually, DDR2 hasn't been the cheaper RAM for over a year - desktop or otherwise.

Look at SODIMM prices for DDR3 vs. DDR2 - the spread in DDR3's favor is higher than is the case for desktop DIMMs.

do, we've completely ran out of ideas for the deisgns of tablets now... every single one is now a copy of the original Windows Tablet edition slate designs... even the ipad... how about coming up with a neat change to that design? something.. anything! make yourselves stand out, not blend in with everyone else!

neufuse said,
do, we've completely ran out of ideas for the deisgns of tablets now... every single one is now a copy of the original Windows Tablet edition slate designs... even the ipad... how about coming up with a neat change to that design? something.. anything! make yourselves stand out, not blend in with everyone else!

The HP Slate looks amazing.

neufuse said,
do, we've completely ran out of ideas for the deisgns of tablets now... every single one is now a copy of the original Windows Tablet edition slate designs... even the ipad... how about coming up with a neat change to that design? something.. anything! make yourselves stand out, not blend in with everyone else!

That is what Nokia is for, if they survive.

neufuse said,
do, we've completely ran out of ideas for the deisgns of tablets now... every single one is now a copy of the original Windows Tablet edition slate designs... even the ipad... how about coming up with a neat change to that design? something.. anything! make yourselves stand out, not blend in with everyone else!

What sort of design ideas are you suggesting? Are you looking for something colored like the Lumia, or some non-rectangular shape? There are only so many ways to do edge-to-edge touch and keep it usable. I would love to see cusomizable "bezels", but the edge-to-edge touch, that's probably unlikely.

neufuse said,
do, we've completely ran out of ideas for the deisgns of tablets now... every single one is now a copy of the original Windows Tablet edition slate designs... even the ipad... how about coming up with a neat change to that design? something.. anything! make yourselves stand out, not blend in with everyone else!

I did not like the Slate then and I do not like now: Convertible all the way!
I have to also to say that my Tablet replaced for my laptop though...........

Ick. This thing better be REALLY cheap. The Samsung Series 7 Slate is WAY, WAY better than this POS.

If this is the kind of tablet that will be offered with Windows 8 I don't think Microsoft has a chance.

mrp04 said,
Ick. This thing better be REALLY cheap. The Samsung Series 7 Slate is WAY, WAY better than this POS.

If this is the kind of tablet that will be offered with Windows 8 I don't think Microsoft has a chance.

why? android has wiped the floor with iOS using POS hardware.

neonspark said,

why? android has wiped the floor with iOS using POS hardware.


Not in the tablet market they haven't.

neonspark said,

why? android has wiped the floor with iOS using POS hardware.

Lol based on what? I'm no big Apple supporter but I'll take the iPhone/iPad with iOS over a device powered by Android and its stuttering UI any day.

FrozenEclipse said,

Lol based on what? I'm no big Apple supporter but I'll take the iPhone/iPad with iOS over a device powered by Android and its stuttering UI any day.

For devices in general I guess it's exploding market share.

MrHumpty said,

50+% of that 45% is the Kindle Fire.

Are you breaking down Apple's numbers by device or just lumping them all into one pile since it's iOS?

Open Minded said,

Are you breaking down Apple's numbers by device or just lumping them all into one pile since it's iOS?

When it comes to tablets, Apple themselves don't want users to think of one iPad as being separate from another iPad. You aren't an iPad 2 user. You're an iPad user. Forever and always.

After all, we lump all e-ink Kindle users together, regardless of the generation of the device. We happily lump all Galaxy Tab users together, all Nook users together. A 'family of devices' are almost ALWAYS treated as one category. I apologize if this doesn't jive with the statistical angle you prefer to look at the market from.

The Kindle Fire has almost single-handedly allowed Android to call itself a player in the slate tablet market. The Xoom was a failure, the Galaxy family is the only way worth experiencing Android on a tablet, and even that isn't making much of a splash. There's a reason why OEMs are rushing to put Windows 8 on tablets (and talking about it a LOT more than laptops). They realize, more than anyone, that its chances pummel Android's at competing with Apple in that market (being 'free and open' really, truly, honestly, never mattered).

Android is a fun platform, but Java is a cursed environment when put up against serious competitors, and it's not like Google does even a fraction for its developers of what Microsoft is willing to do for theirs.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
All for the price of $1,500

For an x86 slate with a fingerprint reader, stylus and 128GB SSD, worth it.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
All for the price of $1,500

to save on price they should cut out the rear facing camera.. Get some AMD fusion action in there, put a 64 GB ssd instead with an SD card reader on the side. get rid of the finger print reader and those other things that consumers wont care about ..

And there you got a consumer tablet that is around 800 bucks

pack34 said,

For an x86 slate with a fingerprint reader, stylus and 128GB SSD, worth it.


It's an atom! Look up the prices for the Samsung XE700...

pack34 said,

For an x86 slate with a fingerprint reader, stylus and 128GB SSD, worth it.

" Up To 128GB SSD " I was talking about the base model, the 128SSD will cost over 2K, competing with $500 tablets from Android and Apple. It won't sell and they will say that people aren't interested in Win8 Tablets. Same thing they said about $800 netbooks

pack34 said,

For an x86 slate with a fingerprint reader, stylus and 128GB SSD, worth it.

Atom processor though.............

Fritzly said,

Atom processor though.............

and ....

let me guess, last time you used one, it was at best a 270 ?Atom is a decent CPU for nromal tasks today, good even, afterall it's not a gamign rig. besides that, this feels like a tablet aimed at the business market and not the consumer market anyway.

Lachlan said,

to save on price they should cut out the rear facing camera.. Get some AMD fusion action in there, put a 64 GB ssd instead with an SD card reader on the side. get rid of the finger print reader and those other things that consumers wont care about ..

And there you got a consumer tablet that is around 800 bucks

This is a latitude which means business. They haven't shown their inspiron or xps or whatever they will call it yet.

nohone said,

Source for the $1500 price tag?

Because you made me look stuff up due to not getting sarcasm, there is this
http://www.pcworld.com/busines...riced_higher_dell_says.html

Dell will offer a full complement of Windows 8 products when Microsoft launches its new OS, CEO Michael Dell said during the company's quarterly earnings call. The touchscreen Windows 8 products will occupy higher price bands, which could mean higher profit margins for Dell, he said

ccoltmanm said,

I still don't see 1500 anywhere. Are you trolling sir?

Are you not understanding what a price band is? And apparently can't read for crap as you didn't see previous comment that said IT WAS SARCASM

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
" Up To 128GB SSD " I was talking about the base model, the 128SSD will cost over 2K, competing with $500 tablets from Android and Apple. It won't sell and they will say that people aren't interested in Win8 Tablets. Same thing they said about $800 netbooks

Tablets already exist with almost the exact same spec's for less money.

Regardless, iPads and Androids don't get to dock and turn into full blown computers which is the target for the x86 tablet lines.

MrHumpty said,

Tablets already exist with almost the exact same spec's for less money.
Regardless, iPads and Androids don't get to dock and turn into full blown computers which is the target for the x86 tablet lines.

Androids can to a degree, but I agree, still not full blown computers, but that ability alone is why I am thinking they will be close to the price if not over ( also due to that ) compared to tablets/ laptops. It is highly unlikely they will price it below laptops and same price of tablets.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Because you made me look stuff up due to not getting sarcasm, there is this
http://www.pcworld.com/busines...riced_higher_dell_says.html

I was asking because a lot of claims are thrown about around here, and suddenly they become the truth and repeated over and over. Even sarcasm is picked up by a few and used as a debate point, supposedly proving that some other company is better because their offerings are priced for $100s less. I have made sarcasm comments before, and months later read what I wrote as proof that Microsoft or some other company does not "get" the customer like Apple/Google/etc. does.

HawkMan said,

and ....

let me guess, last time you used one, it was at best a 270 ?Atom is a decent CPU for nromal tasks today, good even, afterall it's not a gamign rig. besides that, this feels like a tablet aimed at the business market and not the consumer market anyway.

I use my Tablet mainly for business tasks; no more in games as much as before...... I loved military flight sims like EF 2000, TAW and Falcon 4; first person shooter games do not appeal very much to me and besides I like to play on a big screen.
Besides my Tablet is a replacement for my laptop and I would happily trade some battery autonomy for more power........... I mean I grew up at the time of muscle cars, I love row power........ :_)

NeoPogo said,

Seriously? It has an Atom CPU dude!

Which is still faster than early Core2 Duo processors that people like yourself are still happy using everyday. Even the Atom 270 was faster than a Pentium 4 3.8ghz, and in that timeframe, people were still selling the Pentium 4 systems.

The goof saying this will cost $1500 successfully trolled people into biting, and consider the feature set, unless it has a uber high resolution digitizer screen, it will be less than an iPad.

PS Even if it is an Atom, here is the trick... It is an x86 class tablet, which means people can but it and load Photoshop and Painter and AutoCad and WOW and every other piece of software they use today that there is NOTHING even REMOTELY close to in functionality on the iPad or Android. (Running Numbers on the iPad is painful enough, trying to run a full version of Photoshop or Illustrator would be suicidal.)

So even if you think an Atom processor is slow, it is still a huge performance jump over the iPad or any Android device.

thenetavenger said,

The goof saying this will cost $1500 successfully trolled people into biting, and consider the feature set, unless it has a uber high resolution digitizer screen, it will be less than an iPad.

seriously, are you that dense to not know sarcasm. or do you believe everything you read on the internet, have said it was sarcasm. OMG please dont breed, or go spend your life looking for Elvis

neonspark said,

unlikely. it will be 1K to serve as a laptop replacement.


Tablets can hardly be considered a laptop replacement...where is the full sized keyboard for two-handed ten-finger data entry?

TsarNikky said,

Tablets can hardly be considered a laptop replacement...where is the full sized keyboard for two-handed ten-finger data entry?

Lenovo, Toshiba........ just the first ones that come to my mind.
My Portege' M400, 8 years old, has a keyboard; I do not use it too often because I handwrite faster that I type but......... it is there.