Latitude tablet has replaceable battery and optional stylus

Windows 8 will spawn a wave of new tablets, most of which are meant for consumers. Dell’s upcoming Latitude 10 targets the business crowd, and The Verge’s hands-on look reveals some interesting twists to the usual formula. Despite being only 10 mm thick, the Latitude appears to include not only a full-sized SD slot, but also a proper USB port. I see what looks like Mini HDMI connector, as well. All those goodies are right on the tablet, and there’s an auxiliary dock that adds four more USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a standard HDMI out.

One of the Latitude’s most interesting features is its 30Wh battery, which can be removed with the flick of a latch. Finally! Most tablets bury their batteries inside the chassis, accessible to only those with iFixit-like teardown skills. These batteries aren’t user-replaceable, which is particularly annoying given how many smartphones let users pop off the back panel to swap batteries.

Although the Latitude’s Wacom stylus support is admirable, the 10″ screen’s 1366×768 display resolution is a little pedestrian. You’d think business types who stare at documents and spreadsheets all day would want to have the crisper text of a higher-PPI display. Most probably want more horsepower than the Clover Trail Atom CPU lurking behind the screen, too. The Atom has access to 2GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage. Wireless options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and unnamed flavors of mobile broadband.

There’s no word on the cost, but early reports suggest Atom-based Win8 tablets will start at around $700. That’s pricey given the processor’s roots in budget netbooks, and the Latitude’s extra features are likely to command a premium over consumer-centric designs.

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    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    If I were the one deciding what to give my employees something to work with, I’d give them a laptop with an E-350/450 instead. Forget touch. Said laptop already has a keyboard, a more potent CPU, all the necessary ports, a replaceable battery, and a far lower price tag. In the workplace, I need to get things done at the lowest possible cost, not look cool using a fancy new tablet using a fancy new questionable OS.

      • Grigory
      • 7 years ago

      Spot on.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed, and the best thing about the laptop? You can run Windows7 on it.

      [i<]edit: As a corporate IT manager, I am not trusting microsoft to have an enterprise-ready OS with Windows8 for at least 18 months, and that's irrespective of the fact that I just don't [b<]like[/b<] Windows8....[/i<]

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      In terms of “shiny fad-of-the-month,” then sure. My company won’t be buying these for us, either.

      On the other hand there are plenty of business applications where these might get incorporated sooner because the form-factor is useful and the common applications base would simplify the development of custom features between the tablet and the backoffice: real-time inventory management in a warehouse, delivery services, various mobile service industries…

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Conversely, in an industry where employees make big salaries and design processes that cost hundreds of millions to run, an extra $2K for something that may justify its cost in added productivity is a no brainer.

      There’s no good ‘one size fits all’ strategy for purchasing decisions like this. As an ex-corporate IT guy, I’ve come to hate the “you’ll take what we give you because it’ll make it easier for us to maintain” attitude. IT is a support group. They are there to support others in the pursuit of their goals.

    • dragmor
    • 7 years ago

    If the battery was hot swap this would sell in droves to certain businesses.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    Good: capacity
    Bad: resolution
    Ugly: Atom

    Superugly: FIRST

      • ChronoReverse
      • 7 years ago

      Well with Clover Trail it might be good enough in a tablet. Resolution is disappointing but at least it’s IPS. That alone helps a lot. I’m semi interested depending on price and if it has the Surface keyboard.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Clover Trail... might be good enough[/quote<] Arrrgh, only if it be made by AMD, yaaarrr....

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        I think it’s craziness to have 128GB of SSD (?) with a bad resolution display and an Atom. This should have an i3

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          if it had an i3, it would make it an actually decent device. nobody wants atom. it’s horrible.

            • phileasfogg
            • 7 years ago

            If it had an i3, a 30Wh battery would likely be woefully inadequate. You win some, you lose some.

        • paulWTAMU
        • 7 years ago

        I’m actually pretty tempted depending on price and reviews…full size SD and USB ports are nice for swapping large SD cards around.

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