The Dell Latitude 10 Essentials tablet is a more affordable version of the Enterprise ready Dell Latitude 10 which Dell has had n the market sine October 2012.
Dell is able to cut out several enterprise-level features from the original Dell Latitude 10 tablet to cut the price down to $499.
In order to drop the price, Dell cut out the removable battery, cellular connectivity and the pen digitizer.
The small Windows 8 tablet still runs an Atom processor and keeps the full size USB port and SD card reader to deliver mobile connectivity and file transfers. Like the more expensive option, the Dell Latitude 10 Essentials features a 10-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass.
Dell claims the Dell Latitude Essentials version of the tablet delivers 8 hours of battery life, but users can’t snap in a replacement battery to keep going.
Dell still has the enterprise in mind with the Essentials version, allowing users to dock the tablet in the optional Latitude 10 dock. The dock adds four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port as well as HDMI and audio output. This is a nice touch for enterprise workers who want to expand to a larger screen while in the office or use the tablet docked next to their main work station.
Docks aren’t typically found on consumer devices, but Dell tells us that they see this lower priced Dell Latitude 10 arriving in the hands of consumers as well as enterprise and education customers.
The Dell Latitude 10 Essentials with 64GB of storage is available today for $579 and the 32GB model is arriving in the coming months for $499.