It's probably a bit premature to play Taps whenever the topic turns to Windows RT, but at the rate things are going, someone may want to type up an obituary just in case (Acer would be game
). Windows RT is proving a tough sell, as evidenced by its lackluster market share and by deep price cuts, the latest of which comes from Dell. On the bright side, if you've been lusting for an XPS 10
, now is the time to buy.
Head over to Dell's website and you'll find that the XPS 10's starting price has been slashed to just $300, down from $450. The greater than 33 percent discount represents what a tough time OEMs are having in trying to move Windows RT tablets off of store shelves and into the hands of consumers.
The other challenge Windows RT faces in clinging to relevance is that standard Windows tablets are coming down in price. We saw it with the Asus VivoTab Smart
, a 10.1-inch Windows tablet that streets for $450, and there's talk of smaller size Windows slates coming out this summer. Acer, for example, is planning to launch an 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet for $380, according to a premature listing on Amazon
Regardless of what the future holds for Windows RT, what you get with the XPS 10 is a 10.1-inch HD display (1366x768), Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (you can double it for $50), 2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, microSD card slot, and a 28Wh battery good for up to 10 hours of run time.