(Phys.org) -- Headline after headline talks about vendors tablets in the wings as likely number-one contenders for the iPad. Such claims have justifiably been taken with a grain of salt, considering iPads continued market success. This week, though, leaked specs on the Dell latitude 10.are convincing many to claims that this may be the one to shake things up in the tablet space. The Dell Latitude 10 will have a 10.1-inch display, HD capacitive and multi-touch screen at 1366 x 768 resolution. As per Neowin, this will be a Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet. Microsoft is expected to launch its Windows 8 operating system late 2012, and some reports bet on October.
Dells decision makers have gone with Intel for the tablets processors. The Dell Latitude 10 will have Intel Clover Trail Atom Dual Core processor and Intel integrated graphics,
Further spec leaks show a list of 2GB RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, and dual cameras. The front facing camera is a 2-megapixel camera; an 8 megapixel camera is around the back. Optional features include a fingerprint reader and smart card reader for enhanced security, and a stylus.
Other news about the Dell Latitude 10 focuses on the battery, which will be removable, with two choices. A smaller battery provides six to seven hours of life. A larger battery will provide ten to 12 hours.
The Latitude 10 is to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the option for mobile broadband, integrated speakers, a micro USB charging port, and a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack.
Dell is typically ready to siphon off corporate customers with new products and in an interview last month, CEO Michael Dell commented on a growing demand for tablet computers that can run the next version of Windows. That was interpreted as a sign that he was thinking along the lines of taking some business users away from the iPad.
The Latitude specs, however impressive as they read according to leaks, will not cushion the Dell entry from serious competition, though, from other tablet vendors later this year. The Consumer Electronics Show tablet draw this year was the Lenovo Yoga flip-and-fold, laptop-tablet hybrid, a tablet than can convert to a laptop. The form factor on its own attracts computer users who may like the option of a two-products-in-one device. Media consumption could take place in tablet mode and real tasks in laptop mode.
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