Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet may have “10” in the name, but the company would not have given the device a 10/10 until now, after Dell has made multiple updates and security improvements, including the addition of a smart card, fingerprint reader, and a 20-hour battery.
These updates are aimed to make the Latitude 10 especially appealing to institutions in the government, healthcare and financial services industries, which often call for devices with extended battery life and security.
Charles King, analyst at Pund-IT, describes the importance of this battery improvement in the Latitude 10, saying “I can see it being extremely attractive in 24-by-7 working environments, such as hospitals, public safety and first responders, and military applications.”
With a 10.1-inch screen and weighing 1.5 pounds, Dell’s Latitude 10 is designed for mobility and versatility, making it comfortable to hold and carry in high-stress environments like hospitals.
The standard version of the 10 is equipped with a two-cell, eight-hour battery, but the add-on can make the device last 20 hours with a four-cell battery unit. While this does add 4mm to the tablet’s width, King believes the benefits of extended use will far outweigh this incredibly small expansion.
While the fingerprint and card reader are exciting additions Dell has made to the Latitude 10, the company is focusing their attention mainly on Windows and Windows 8, and how much cheaper it is to run Windows-based tablets like the 10 than it is to use rival operating systems on established desktops and laptops. In this way, according to Dell’s research, IT departments can reduce overhead significantly.
“Despite the significant changes Microsoft has made in its traditional UI, Windows 8 solutions are still Windows and can be deployed far more quickly, easily and cost-effectively by IT than other platforms,” explained King.
The Latitude 10 is available now, with the enhanced security version going for $779, and costing only $55.30 for the additional extended-battery. The device runs Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Atom processor, and comes with 64GB storage, among other features.
For a look at all the features included in the device, see http://www.dell.com/us/p/latitude-10-tablet/pd.
Edited by Rich Steeves