Dell announces new Latitude 10 essentials tablet configuration

Dell has unveiled a new configuration for its Latitude 10 tablet at CES 2013. Dell calls the new configuration the Up 10 Essentials and promises that this is the first full-featured enterprise ready Windows 8 tablet below $500 in price. Dell is aiming the tablet schools and small businesses looking to deploy affordable Windows 8 tablets.

Dell originally launched the latitude 10 in October of 2012 in a standard configuration. The latitude 10 Essentials configuration promises a secure, manageable, and durable enterprise-ready tablet option for consumers on budget. The tablet supports rich entertainment features including movie watching, books, and games and offers compatibility with applications people are used to on desktop PCs.

Tablet has a magnesium alloy frame and uses soft touch paint for enhanced durability. The screen of the tablet is covered in Gorilla Glass to help survive drops and resist scratches. The tablet is available with an optional productivity dock that has a traditional keyboard and mouse for use on the desktop. The Latitude 10 tablet also has a full-size USB port and a SD memory card reader.

The tablet uses an Intel Atom Z2760 processor operating at 1.8 GHz. The screen is a 10.1-inch unit with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The tablet is paired with 2 GB of RAM and uses Intel Graphics Media Accelerator for graphics duties. The Latitude 10 essentials with 64 GB of storage is available right now starting at $579. A version of the tablet with 32 GB of storage will be available in the coming months for $499.