New low for Windows RT tablet: Dell cuts price to $299

But good luck finding RT tablets from other PC makers.

Dell's XPS 10 Windows RT tablet shown with keyboard dock.
Dell's XPS 10 Windows RT tablet shown with keyboard dock.

Windows RT tablets just hit a new low: $299.99.

That's what Dell is selling its XPS 10 RT tablet for online, reduced from $449.

The XPS 10 includes -- as CNET Deals points out -- Windows RT with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT; a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor; a 10.1-inch 1,366x768 display; a 28Wh battery rated at up to 10 hours; front and rear cameras; microSD slot; and 32GB of storage.

The discount may have something to do with Windows RT tablets not flying off the shelves -- and becoming as scarce as hen's teeth on Microsoft's online store.

With the exception of the $499 Surface RT tablet, the company's online store has few if any -- depending upon the day -- RT tablets.

And there are very slim pickings at Best Buy too for RT tablets.

But rest assured Windows RT isn't going away.

Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference on Tuesday, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller said RT provides "much more flexibility" to cover a broader spectrum of mobile devices.

And Microsoft's Michael Angiulo told CNET in March that more upcoming Windows RT devices will have 3G/4G built in .

Dell's higher-end XPS 10 model comes with AT&T 4G LTE and is priced at $499 with 64GB of storage.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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