updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri May 25, 2012
Dell's Windows 8 enterprise tablet sports hardware keyboard
Leaked images have emerged purporting to show both photos and specs for two forthcoming Dell tablets running Windows 8. The images appeared yesterday on tech site Neowin, and apparently show the Dell Latitude 10 and XPS 12. Dell has already affirmed that the company will be one of the very first to release Windows 8 tablets, but these images appear to be the most concrete evidence to emerge to date with regard to features and capabilities for those offerings.
The leaked images appear to be product listings or slides from a presentation showcasing the forthcoming tablets. The image for the Latitude 10 shows the tablet sporting a 10.1-inch display, 2GB of memory, and up to 128GB of internal storage. The Latitude 10 will apparently come with a two-megapixel front-facing camera and an eight-megapixel rear camera. Reports have the tablet getting between six and 12 hours of battery life, depending on the rumored removable battery chosen.
The image showing the XPS 12 reveals a more enterprise-oriented tablet offering, as the tablet features a hinged system giving users access to a hardware keyboard and trackpad underneath the display. According to the image, the tablet's display would swivel within a frame, allowing for switching between tablet mode and laptop mode. The XPS 12 is said to be eight to 20mm thick and to weigh about 1.4kg. The slide also notes a machined aluminum and carbon fiber chassis for the device.
Dell already has tablet offerings on the market, but demand for these has been low in comparison to the success of Apple's iPad. The company has previously hinted at tablets slated for release in late 2012, but declined to say whether those would feature Android or Windows 8. Dell's founder Michael Dell previously stated in an interview that there is demand in the enterprise sector for tablets featuring the capabilities common to Windows devices, but Dell will face stiff competition in a sector where Apple appears to be making sizable inroads.