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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Dell Debuts First Bluetooth 4.0 Tablet

Dell has quietly released a new tablet, the Latitude ST, which is aimed at the upper echelons of management and designed to work with Dell's existing IT solutions like KACE.

The device runs on an Intel Atom processor, with an Intel SM35 chipset, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a front facing HD camera and a rear five megapixel camera, HDMI port, USB, SD memory card reader and a digital pen for notes and data entry plus an optional dock that adds three USB ports, HDMI and GbE LAN.

As expected it will run on Windows 7 Professional, and Dell has added some durability features like a rubberised bumper, anti-glare Corning Gorilla Glass screen and TPU overmold.

At 816g, it is significantly heavier than Android or iOS competitors and alas comes with a much lower battery life at only six hours.

It is not known whether the tablet will support UEFI secure boot, a sine qua non condition for running WIndows 8, or how much RAM or onboard storage the tablet comes with.

The Dell Latitude ST will be launched on the 1st of November and pricing has yet to be disclosed.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.