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Dell XPS 10 – Screen, Speakers, Cameras and Performance

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Dell XPS 10 – Screen

The XPS 10 goes for the standard Windows RT tablet specs for its screen. This means you get a 10-inch IPS panel with a 1,366 x 768 resolution and toughened glass front bringing the inevitable reflections. In terms of image quality, it’s also pretty much on a level with most of the competition.

Even backlighting with no noticeable bleed and relatively high brightness are its strongest points. In the negatives column, its viewing angles aren’t as good as the best IPS panels, with a bit of contrast shift seeping in at extreme angles. Despite deep blacks, dark detailing is also merely average. Overall though, while the Microsoft Surface provides a superior quality viewing experience, the Dell XPS 10 holds its own.

Dell XPS 10 – Speakers

Speakers are one of those technologies generally limited by the amount of physical space provided them if it’s below a few inches, and as such tablet speakers tend to be a bit rubbish. However, as these things go the XPS 10’s down-facing stereo speakers are decent enough. They manage audible volume levels though they also suffer from distortion, and adequate clarity in trebles despite their utter lack of bass.

Our only major complaint is that, as they face down, resting the tablet on a soft surface such as a blanket or your clothing will muffle the speakers. However, this is simply solved by turning the Dell XPS 10 tablet upside-down, which also potentially resolves the issue with its down-facing microUSB port.

Dell XPS 10 – Cameras

As with practically every tablet these days, the XPS 10 sports front and rear HD cameras, offering 2MP and 5MP respectively. There’s no sign of a fast lens, LED flash, or other advanced features though, and with their average quality, these will just about do for quick snaps and the occasional video chat.

Dell XPS 10 – Specs and Performance

Unlike most Windows RT tablets which use the popular Nvidia Tegra 3 platform with its quad-core CPU, at the heart of the Dell XPS 10 you’ll find a dual-core, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. Though it only offers half the processing cores, the S4 with its Adreno 225 graphics chip is a snappy performer, and for general use you’ll spot no difference. In fact, in some scenarios Qualcomm’s chip pulls slightly ahead.

It’s backed by the standard 2GB of RAM, with either 32GB or 64GB of storage. On the one hand, Windows will gobble up at least 12GB on the lesser capacity model and nabbed 20GB of eMMC on our 64GB XPS 10. On the other, unlike with an iPad this is expandable through microSD, at least where music and videos are concerned.

Andrea

February 22, 2013, 9:33 pm

hi and thanks for review. I bit confuse about two things; 1 you say that tablet has a cheap constructions. I read someone else that said the opposit. 2. you said that you can get a properly W8 for the price (you meant the W510, at the same time the Atom processos is oneof the pour thing of the Acer). Qualcomm is much better. How is the Dell compare with the Surface?
Thanks

TechVegan

February 25, 2013, 12:54 pm

You're welcome, thanks for your comment.

1) Yes, the rear of our review sample tablet suffered from very noticeable creak and flex (may I ask who said the 'opposite'?). The dock's build quality was flawless.

2) Indeed,as mentioned in the Value segment of the review, I am referring to the W510. You're right in that Qualcomm's is the superior chip here, but the point is that both architectures run Windows Store apps, offering a similar daily experience in both performance and battery life, but the Atom allows backwards compatibility which is a major plus.

Hope that clears up any confusion :)

As to how the Dell XPS 10 compares with the Microsoft Surface, please check the opening of the review's Value segment.

Wayne Giffith Spicer

March 20, 2013, 9:34 pm

any 1 know how to get flash for this dell xps 10 every time i go to play a game ie facebook it says "you need to update your flash player but how !!!!
also it wont let me use my usb mobile internet just says there is no app for this device

Frank

June 12, 2013, 9:11 pm

Hi, great review. I bought one and really like it. RT is much better than people give it credit for. Question: How did you turn off the touchpad? Thx!

Suzanne DeMark

September 2, 2013, 3:30 pm

I LOVE my XPS 10 tablet! Purchased for $299 from Dell a month ago. Well, they are discontinuing it already! Do not sell the keyboard dock any longer, seperately. Poor business decisions! Hanging the consumers out to dry. Never again! I will be laughing when they file chapter 11.

Dhaval Shah

December 2, 2013, 4:49 pm

Does this product have sim card?

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