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Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet available for pre-order at $499, but won't ship until late December

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Dell XPS 10
Dell XPS 10

We first got a look at Dell's XPS 10 back at IFA this August, and now the company has announced its convertible Windows 8 RT tablet is available for pre-order starting at the same $499 price point as Microsoft's Surface. The XPS 10 features a similar design to the Surface: it's a 10.1-inch tablet that can be docked with an external keyboard to provide a more traditional laptop experience, though that keyboard will cost quite a bit of money. The $499 version of the XPS 10 includes a 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon processor and 32GB of storage, but getting the included keyboard will set you back $679, a good $80 more than the Surface with Touch Cover.

You're getting something for that money, however — Dell's keyboard attachment uses mechanical keys and also includes USB and HDMI ports plus a built-in battery. There's also a 64GB version available for another $100. The big downside here is that Dell's site says these new tablets won't ship until the second half of December, at which point the Surface will have been on the market for nearly two months — so if you're really looking forward to trying out Windows 8 RT as soon as possible, you'll probably want to explore other options.