On Friday morning, the cheapest Windows RT tablet being sold costed $299. Towards the end of the day, the cheapest tablet available through Dell was $479 and it came with a keyboard. Dell eliminated all the options for a standalone tablet and is now selling the XPS 10 bundled with a keyboard.
Dell has been dropping the Windows RT tablet price since May. For example, The XPS 10 used to be priced at $499 and dropped to $299 in May.
The Dell Windows RT tablet with 32GB storage priced at $299 was listed as “out of stock.” The listing is now completely gone from the website. The XPS 10 with 64GB of storage listing is also gone.
The 32GB and 64GB tablets are listed for the same price at $479 because the 64GB device comes with a steep discount offer. The LTE version of the 64GB XPS 10 is listed at $579 with a keyboard.
All of these tablets have a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 10.1-inch screen. The displays have a 1366 x 768 resolution. Windows RT is a version of the Windows 8 operating system for ARM processors.
Dell is not the only company that has deeply discounted the Windows RT devices. Lenovo stopped selling the Yoga 11 on their website and Asus said that they are going to be shifting away from RT tablets after the VivoTab RT did not do well. Microsoft has dropped the price of the Surface RT tablet last month from $499 to $349 as well.
It is unlikely that Dell will stop selling Windows RT due to a close relationship that the company has with Microsoft.