Dell isn’t a stranger to the tablet form factor. Remember the early Android-powered Dell Streak 5 and 7 tablets circa 2009-2011? Considered ahead of its time although sadly they didn’t enjoy much commercial success. Fast forward to 2013, Dell is back in the tablet game with a difference. The Dell Latitude 10 is Dell’s first Windows 8 tablet, and targeted for business. Dell Malaysia kindly loaned us a unit for several weeks for a review. Read on.
First thing’s first. A tablet for business users. What does that mean? A serious outlook? Security features? Compliance to policies? Boring?
I’ll attempt to answer all that in a bit.
Design and build
The Dell Latitude 10’s design is pretty straight forward, inoffensive, somewhat ‘corporate-looking’ if there’s such a description. But perhaps that’s what business users look out for. Something unassuming, professional, minimalistic. And on all counts, the Latitude 10 exudes all that.
Its black rectangular frame is made of reinforced magnesium-alloy, with its 10.1-inch display reinforced with Gorilla Glass. It’s solidly-built. I like the soft-touch resin finish on the back, which gives it a comfortable, non-slip grip.
At 10.5mm it isn’t the slimmest tablet around, but being comparatively light at 658g (depending on configuration), it feels pretty good in the hands. There is a reason why it doesn’t sport a super slim profile though, because it features a plethora of ports and connections.
At the front is the 5-point multi-touch display that’s surrounded by an unusually wide bezel. Above the display is a 2MP front-facing camera. A single physical Windows home button naturally sits underneath the screen.
Up on the top edge is a power button, auto-rotate toggle, SD card and mini-SIM slot. Down at the bottom is a docking connector and microUSB port.
On the left is a volume rocker and a Kensington lock slot. And on the opposite side is a USB 2.0 port, mini-HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack.
On the back, things are kept minimalistic as well. An 8MP camera with LED flash occupies the top, with a removable 30Whr battery occupying 2/3rds of the back plate, with a slide lock beneath. Speaker vents feature on either side.
All in all, an unremarkable but pleasing outlook. I might even say it’s quite a handsome-looking tablet.
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ASUS’ Intel Atom-powered duo of mobile devices – Fonepad 7 and Fonepad Note 6 will be available in the Malaysian market this week onwards. Consumers will be able to pick up units first at the upcoming KL PIKOM PC Fair from Friday, 6 December 2013 onwards.
The ASUS Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch HD ‘phablet’ with full 3G connectivity. Powered by the Intel Atom “CloverTrail+” Z2560 dual core processor running at 1.6Ghz, the device offers a balance of performance and great battery life. The 7-inch LED backlight WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS panel has 10 finger multi-touch support. Memory is 1GB with storage option of 8GB. The device runs Android 4.2.
The ASUS Fonepad 7 is priced at RM749 (SRP).
For full specifications, visit http://www.asus.com/my/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_Fonepad_7_ME372CG/#specifications
The ASUS Fonepad Note 6 is a high-performance, phablet with a stylus. It is powered by an Intel Atom “CloverTrail+” Z2580 dual core processor running at 2.0Ghz. Bundled memory is 2GB, with a 16GB storage option. The 6-inch LED Backlight Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super IPS+ display supports 10 finger multi-touch. The device runs Android 4.2.
The ASUS Fonepad Note 6 retails at RM1,399 (SRP).
For full specifications, visit http://www.asus.com/my/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_Fonepad_Note_6_ME560CG/#specifications601 1
China PC-maker Lenovo isn’t a brand typically associated with smartphones. The leading PC brand in China first ventured into the smartphone race in 2012. Marketed as “LePhone” in its home country and “IdeaPhone” outside of China, the brand has quickly become the world’s third largest smartphone maker (Gartner, Q3 2013). Impressive. Courtesy of Lenovo Malaysia, I was loaned a unit for review. Read on.
ASUS continues to experiment with new form factors, with its latest effort being the Transformer Book Trio – a new breed of ultraportable that is part tablet, notebook and desktop PC. The Transformer Book Trio also has the unique ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at a press of a button. Unmatched flexibility.505 3