Dude, Dell’s got a Windows RT tablet; the $499 XPS 10

Dell’s XPS 10 is the company’s tablet that runs Microsoft Windows RT and it starts at a reasonable $499. Add the useful keyboard dock though — which also includes additional ports and a second battery — and you’re looking at a base price of $679. Is that compelling?

Acer takes on Nexus 7 with $230 Iconia Tab A110

Looking for a low-cost, small Android tablet? There are several choices and now there’s one more: Acer’s Iconia Tab A110 launches by month-end for $229.99. Before you get too excited, though, look at the display, which has a lower resolution screen than competing products.

With Miracast, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 enables wireless displays

Streaming video, pictures or even games from your tablet or smartphone to an HDTV without wires is about to get easier thanks to the new Miracast standard. Nvidia is ready to support it with the Tegra 3, turning mobile devices into set-top boxes and gaming machines.

At $152 in cost, Google’s Nexus 7 leads way for cheaper tablets

That $199 Nexus 7 tablet Google sells directly to consumers costs $151.75 in materials, suggesting that Google is earning a profit on the hardware, supplementing sales of software, ads and services. With a low-cost tablet platform making a profit, others are sure to follow; even Apple.

Acer battles iPad with A700: a $450 full HD Android tablet

Acer’s response to Apple’s iPad with Retina Display is called the A700. The 10.1-inch tablet offers a high-definition screen with 1,920 by 1,200 resolution powered by a Tegra 3 chip and Android 4.0. Priced at $450, it sounds like a good value for Android tablet buyers.

Video look at Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 Android 4.0 tablet

Toshiba is set to add another choice to the small slate market: the company will soon sell the Excite 7.7 tablet running on the latest version of Google Android. Here’s a first look video and early impressions of the 16 GB tablet with Wi-Fi.

Mobile chip wars rage on as Samsung debuts its quad-core

Samsung introduced its next generation mobile chip, the Exynos 4 Quad, on Thursday, with claims of twice the processing power with a 20 percent reduction in power use. The company will use the new processor in its next Galaxy phone, debuting in a few weeks.

Video look: Asus Transformer Prime and keyboard dock

Asus kicked things up a notch at CES with the Transformer Prime and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, making for the best tablet gaming I’ve seen yet. The Transformer Prime with keyboard dock should run for at least 18 hours; here’s a look at this potent portable.

Video: Android touch lag (and a possible solution)

Android devices have long been known for their laggy touch experience. Has this changed with the latest Android flagship? Not quite. Here’s a video that uses a developer option to show the lag, as well as new technology that could minimize it in the future.

Mobile virtualization: Another nail in the PC coffin

There’s a trend building, and it’s not good for the PC industry. It’s not tablet and smartphone growth — although that’s part of the trend — but virtualization on mobile devices. This allows remote PC access from a tablet, for example, and could hurt already slowing PC sales.