updated 05:59 pm EDT, Thu June 14, 2012
Source also reveals wireless dock for corporate ultrabooks
Information on Dell's Latitude 10 tablet continues to trickle out, as slides from an internal presentation have been leaked to tech site Neowin. The slides appear similar to those seen in a previous leak, though they provide more information on the device's form factor and capabilities. They reveal the Latitude 10 as a device specifically focused on the enterprise sector. Accompanying the leak was a bit of information on Dell's plans for enterprise-oriented ultrabooks, as well as a novel rumored solution to the problem of ports on ultrabooks.
In addition, the new slides offer a possible timeline for the Latitude 10's launch. The tablet should see release some time in the the fourth quarter of 2012, around the time that Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8. This matches previous statements by Dell representatives that the company would have "day-and-date" support for Windows 8.
The Latitude 10 will feature a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 capacitive multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass, along with support for an optional Wacom stylus. The device will sport an Intel dual-core Atom Clover Trail processor running at a minimum of 1.5GHz, with 2GB of RAM. Customers will be able to choose up to 128GB of SSD storage, and the tablet will come with four USB 2 ports, Ethernet, and HDMI.
The Latitude 10 will have a number of features meant to lure business customers. The tablet will have enterprise-centric security controls, including the option to purchase a model with an integrated fingerprint reader or smart card reader. Additionally, the tablet will feature removable two-cell or four-cell batteries.
The source that leaked the slides also brought news that Dell is planning a Windows RT tablet, but said the company is experiencing difficulties getting Windows RT up to the standards needed to undergo robust end-user testing. That tablet, which could be the XPS12 seen already in previously-leaked slides, is said to be targeted for an October 2012 launch, though Dell's difficulties with the tablet could mean that that launch date may slip.
The source also intimated that Dell is working on a line of ultrabooks for the corporate environment. Reportedly, Dell prefers the portability of the ultrabook form factor, but the company is unhappy with the small number of ports that can be integrated into an ultrabook's slim frame.
To address that problem, the company is said to be working on a wireless dock for ultrabooks, which would allow the devices access to the peripherals usually needed in enterprise without sacrificing the slim profile of the ultrabook. This dock, as well as Dell's line of slim corporate notebooks, is targeted for a late summer release, with a pilot program expected to begin shortly.
Dell has previously made forays into the tablet sector, but these have proved unsuccessful. In years past, the company released its Streak 7 tablet, which ran on Google's Android operating system. That tablet, along with other Dell tablets, failed to meet sales expectations, however, and the company discontinued its Android tablet line late last year. Since then, Dell has put its efforts into rolling out a new line of tablets, betting big on the success of Microsoft's Windows 8.