Neowin has managed to reveal the rumored Windows 8 tablet that Dell has been working on for a while now. It’s a 10 inch tablet called ‘Latitude’ with an impressive set of features, and it may eventually get launched before the end of this year.
Dell has had a pretty awful spell in terms of sales over the last couple of years. It faced the full brunt of the high volume – low margin PC sector’s struggles since the turn of this decade, while it has comprehensively failed at its attempts at diversifying its repertoire of late.
The doomed and much maligned Dell Streak ‘tablet’ was a precursor to the Samsung Galaxy Note. But while the latter has been a roaring success, selling millions of units every quarter, the former was a spectacular and resounding flop.
The Streak has been called a device ahead of its time by some apologists, but it doesn’t change the fact that its utter failure was debilitating for Dell. It tried its hand with Windows Phone as well, but its Dell Venue failed to change the company’s fortunes.
Since then, Dell and HP have been united in their efforts at embracing Windows 8 as a platform for both notebooks and tablet PCs. While Meg Whitman, HP’s CEO has been forthright with HP’s plan of action in the Windows 8 tablet market, Dell has been a lot less public about the same.
Coming back to the Dell Latitude tablet, it has a 10.8 inch screen, a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, a dual core Intel Clover Trail Atom processor, Intel integrated graphics, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, and storage of up to 128 GB SSD (eMMC). An especially interesting feature of this tablet is that it has a removable battery, but of two types. One’s a smaller 2 cell battery that Neowin reports will give 8 hours of battery life, while the other’s a 4 cell battery that could last for up to 12 hours.
All in all, it packs in a great set of specs (that could power a decent notebook of today), and it has Windows 8, which most definitely isn’t a mobile OS blown up to fit a tablet screen.