It was spotted at CES last week but Dellâ€™s PR company in Germany have just sent us official information on the new Dellin â€˜basicâ€™ configuration form. It might be â€˜basicâ€™ but the accessory range make it appear very flexible.
Thein â€˜standardâ€™ configuration has been around on the Clovertrail platform since late 2012 and comes with a digitizer layer. The â€˜basicâ€™ doesnâ€™t have the digitizer layer (and a few more features, see below) but the price goes right down to $499 Euros (post tax. We believe youâ€™ll see this for $499 pre-tax in the USA.)
While thereâ€™s no docking keyboard for the latitude 10, it does have a range of interesting accessories. The keyboard case/stand reminds us of those we saw with the Samsung Q1 back in 2007. The docking port, looks something like OQO would have produced back in the same timeframe!
Corning Gorilla Glass and a magnesium frame ensure that the Dell Latitude 10 is relatively rugged even in this basic version; Thereâ€™s no change here compared to the high-end Latitude 10.
Other differences between the â€˜essentialsâ€™ and standard Latitude 10: No removable battery (and no extended battery.) No LED flash. No micro-USB for charging. No micro-HDMI. No TPM.No UMTS option.
The docking station offers USB ports (1Xfront, 3Xrear), headphones, HDMI and Ethernet. Weâ€™re not sure if these services are offered through USB converters in the docking station. (E.g. via a DisplayLink adaptor for the HDMI.) The KeyFolio Expert case offers a Kensington Bluetooth keyboard but, as far as we can see, no mouse so youâ€™ll have to rely on the touschscreen. Without the digitizer pen, that could be a little tricky for some operations.
Weight of the tablet is 649gm. Screen is 1366×768 10â€ and there are 32GB and 64GB storage options. (64GB is 50 euro extra and available now in Germany.)
Via Dell Germany. More information here.