Dell Latitude 10 ‘Essentials’ has Flexible Accessory Range

Posted on 12 January 2013 by



It was spotted at CES last week but Dell’s PR company in Germany have just sent us official information on the new Dell Latitude 10 in ‘basic’ configuration form. It might be ‘basic’ but the accessory range make it appear very flexible.

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The Latitude 10 in ‘standard’ configuration has been around on the Clovertrail platform since late 2012 and comes with a digitizer layer. The ‘basic’ Latitude 10 doesn’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 you’ll see this for $499 pre-tax in the USA.)

While there’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; There’s no change here compared to the high-end Latitude 10.

Other differences between the ‘essentials’ 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. We’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 you’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 10” and there are 32GB and 64GB storage options. (64GB is 50 euro extra and available now in Germany.)

Via Dell Germany. More information here.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Allen says:

    I really wanted the extended battery and microUSB charging. I wonder if it will draw the full 10 W of my USB wall charger.

    John Doe Reply:

    Anyone know how many amps the micro-USB charging port can pull? I assume it negotiates current when connected to another PC but when connected to an AC USB charger it probably draws as much as it can.

    curaga Reply:

    I chatted with an online Dell rep and he told me he couldn’t find any information on the micro-USB charging specs. Too bad, I was interested in this and was going to ask my IT department to get me one.

    smeddy Reply:

    I have a 20W USB wall charger. At least that’s what it says. I wonder If I can charge the Dell tablet with it at the full 20W. The Dell AC charger is 30W.

    smeddy Reply:

    I’ve been reading through the Latitude 10 thread at tabletpcreview.com and a person says he can’t charge it with the Thinkpad Tablet 2 and iPad USB chargers.

    At least I found out that the TP2 can be charged via micro-USB and has an active digitizer also. Maybe I’ll get the TP2.

    Rik Reply:

    The TP2’s charger is only 10W. Another user on that forum said they could trickle charge their Dell tablet through USB but didn’t specify from what source. So I guess micro-USB charging could be a hit or miss on the Dell. It would be nice to know what the specifications are for the Dell’s micro-USB charging port. For example, does it properly only draw 500 mA max with negotiation from PC USB ports? Can it draw more current from wall chargers? Maybe some sort of sensing circuit where it can detect that the charger can’t provide more current and it caps it’s power draw.

    Also, the TP2 seems to have problems powering devices through it’s regular USB port.

    I’ve also read that both the TP2 and Dell tablet are experiencing similar stability issues as the other Clover Trail tablets.

    spinedpc Reply:

    I have a TP2, its a micro usb charger but its extremely slow to charge, I don’t have an exact number but id guess 4to 5 hours to fully charge, maybe more. Also my ipad charger does NOT work with it, neither do a bunch of other chargers I tried. the stock charger is 2A output while the ipad charger is 2.1A. the usb ports on the TP2 don’t work with powered usb devices such as hard drives and dvd players, although this has yet to be determined a hardware fault and the usb does list 500mw in device manager.

    curaga Reply:

    I was interested in either the TP2 or Latitude 10 because of the 10.1″ screen, digitizer and micro-USB charging. I like the Dell because you can either charge it via the included 30W adapter or USB. Too bad people are having USB charging issues with both. I’m also reading about stability issues with both like other Windows 8 tablets.

    Have you tried a different 2A charger? Apple tends not to follow the USB charging specification and implements their own thing.

  2. animatio says:

    just to repeat it time and again …. a windows slate without digitizer is a consumer toy. there is much cheaper stuff around nowadays for this type of usage.