Lately, tablets that can run the full version of Windows 8 have been selling for just under $450. Is there any room left for Windows RT slates? Maybe so—at the right price.
As CNet News reports, Dell has slashed the price of its WinRT-powered XPS 10 tablet to a paltry $299.99 (or $349.99, if you want the keyboard dock). That's down quite substantially from the previous price tag, which CNet News asys was $449. For what it's worth, Newegg is still charging $429.99 for the same device, sans dock.
The XPS 10 features a 10.1" 1366x768 display, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, front and rear cameras, a 28Wh lithium-ion battery rated for 10.5 hours of run time, and of course, Windows RT. It weighs 2.89 lbs and measures only 0.36" in thickness. The optional keyboard dock add-on feature extra connectivity and some additional battery cells; it can purportedly boost the system's battery life to 18 hours.
As CNet News points out, the price cut is probably a hint that Windows RT slates aren't "flying off the shelves." I'm not sure if the XPS 10 will remain at $299 permanently, or if this is just a first step toward a discontinuation of the device. Either way, I can't say the new price isn't at least a little tempting.