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  (Source: ) unloads Latitude XT details

In late May, Dell announced to the world that it would bring a Tablet PC device to the market this fall. Dell showed a grainy video of its new Latitude XT in action, but failed to give any concrete details on the device. Some features were simply inferred from the video like the 12.1" display, built-in fingerprint reader and Windows Vista operating system.

Thankfully for us, has unloaded a wealth of information on the Latitude XT in addition to some high resolution imagery.

Consumers will be greeted with an ATI RS600ME northbridge and an SB600 southbridge. The GPU to be used will be an ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 with 256MB of HyperMemory which can be paired with either a traditional CCFL or LED-backlit 12.1" WXGA display. says that the Latitude XT will come with an Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo U7600 (1.2GHz) processor although other processor options are likely to be available. Up to 3GB of memory will be supported by the system.

Other features include Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11n, docking port, three USB 2.0 ports and the option of 4, 6 or 9-cell batteries. One feature of the battery packs used on the Latitude XT is visible in the picture of the device’s underside – Dell has included a touch sensitive power meter into each battery pack. The meter should report battery status even when the device is turned off.

According to the site, Dell's first Tablet PC will launch on November 5.

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m1330 fiasco...
By BillyBatson on 10/12/2007 12:49:19 AM , Rating: 2
Hope they are actually ready for this launch unlike the m1330 although demand for this one won't be nearly as high. I ordered my m1330 the day of release, received it after an 8 week wait, HORRIBLE build quality and system flaws, had to receive a replacement, have spent countless hours on the phone with them and writing emails, broken promise after broken promise from dates to promises of contacting me and never did, etc. 14+ weeks since I ordered and I am still going through crap! They can't find my original order that I shipped back, was double charged on waste fees, amongst other things.
Again, hope they are ready for this one.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By Jodiuh on 10/12/2007 12:52:46 AM , Rating: 2
I've worked w/ the 1330 and it's one of the most troublesome notebooks Dell's releases. Absolute shit...Lenovo folks...Lenovo.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By noirsoft on 10/12/2007 11:29:33 AM , Rating: 2
My university uses IBM/Lenovo as their preferred laptop brand, and requires all incoming freshmen to own a laptop, so there are tons of young'uns (I'm an old grad student) around here with Thinkpads. As far as I can tell, they last about a year before something breaks horribly on them, and even when working they aren't as reliable as a similarly-priced Dell machine.

Personally, I will never purchase a laptop that has one of those stupid eraser-head pointing devices. They work horribly (I owned an old IBM laptop back in 1994) and even manage to interfere with my use of a keyboard. Never again.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By Souka on 10/12/2007 3:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Odd.. I"ve worked the college campuses before... IBM thinkpads held up to the abuse (600-T40 series my experience) much much better than the Dell, Toshiba, Hp ever did.

Been in the Corporate world for a few years now at different jobs... IBM/Lenovo thinkpads are just soo much more reliable which = less TCO compared to Dell and other laptop manufacturers.

My $.02 of personal professional experience.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By noirsoft on 10/12/2007 7:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
I admit to my sample populations being different. An IBM owned by a college freshman lives less long than a Dell owned by a grad student. Perhaps the deciding factor is not the brand but the age of the user and the abuse the laptop is put through. :)

Of course, my own IBM that I owned as a college freshman many many years ago broke several times (stupid screen hinges) plus my own subjective dislike of the Thinkpad ergonomics makes me shake my head when people champion the Lenovo laptops. Not that Dell is perfect, but having personally owned laptops from IBM, (1x) Sony (2x) and Dell (2x) the dells have been the best behaved out of all of them.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By otispunkmeyer on 10/14/2007 3:15:47 AM , Rating: 2
although i didnt work solely with computers during my last major job (ie no programming or maintanence or anything like that, just using them), it was quickly apparent that the HP/compaq laptops work would purchase for use out in the field (usually down the steel mills with a FARO arm, or else where outside with vibration testing equipment) were pretty rubbish

a colleague had to take a HP business laptop as replacement for the ageing pentium 2 powered IBM thinkpad that used to be used with the FARO arm. now they'd had it for some time and it'd been in and out of mills all over the UK... and apart from being a bit slow it still worked perfectly. it was grubby as hell though, covered in dirt, scale, grease the lot. it had deep gouges, scratches, dings and little chunks missing from the chassis but it was still solid.

the first HP machine he got lasted 2 weeks before being destroyed. the 2nd crashes without fail mid way through measurements. yeah the tech support guy at work is still trying to sort that one out.

happily, the HP Intel Vpro desktops we got werent half bad if im honest. nice KB, very qualms really.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By nickpnz on 10/15/2007 5:25:54 AM , Rating: 2
I agree totally. I have brought and used Thinkpad's for business use over the last 5 years.

Hear are few important things to take into account when looking for a laptop

1. Does it do what I want or does it just look pretty? Dont over look this, otherwise you may end up with an Intel Macbook pro! 2 USB ports...interesting. Having said that they make a better windows laptop than alot of others.

2. Is it strong and does it have good hard drive protection?

3. Good range of accessories, long life batterys?

4. What is the support like? Toshiba are pretty bad from my experience. Dell are ok. HP and IBM (Lenovo) are very good most of the time.

From my experience Thinkpads are your best options end of story. Yes i know the little red pointer in the keyboard is gay but all models except the X series ultra portable models had trackpads as well. I believe the new X series will have a normal trackpad :) and optical drive.

You need to take into account everything, and not just choose what "looks" nice. You could say it's a bit like choosing a girl. The ones that look nice on the outside are not always the best long term choice!

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By athlonotaku on 10/18/2007 9:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
I also go to a university that gives students a thinkpad laptop(required). Ever since IBM handed the Thinkpad brand over to Lenovo, the laptops have had numerous problems... wireless failure/screen failure/ODD failures... ridiculous.

Quality control is horrid on these laptops. I'll personally never buy one from Lenovo because of these experiences.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By Alias1431 on 10/13/2007 4:06:36 PM , Rating: 2
You're telling me. I hate clit mice.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By athlonotaku on 10/18/2007 9:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
You dont happen to go to Northern Michigan University do you?

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By JazzMang on 10/12/2007 4:34:04 PM , Rating: 1

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By BillyBatson on 10/13/2007 9:33:06 AM , Rating: 2
I know IBM/Lenovo make great laptops but nothing in their lineup comes close to what I was looking for. I have been looking for 2 years and the m1330 was the first to include everything I wanted. There are only 2 other systems out there that come close, one is a new (i think yet to be released or just released?) Asus, the other the Sony SZ6 which lacks hdmi and costs far more.
My replaced m1330 is amazing and I am happy with it, I was just complaining about the launch of the product and not the product itself (though i originially had problems hence the replacement)

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By HexiumVII on 10/12/2007 2:27:25 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty much looks the same as the video (seems to look better on video) in May. Some of the leaked specs seem to blow a lot of other tablets out of the water like quad input (touchpad, touchscreen, needle, active digitizer). 5 hour + battery life, which seem possible with ULV and that huge battery, thought ATI chipset usualy sucks more power than a full centrino package. Suppose to be 3 pounds too, which would be amazing. And obviously LED screen option which would be nice as tablets have had such ugly screens. Most Dell reps are saying delays till Dec, which i won't hold my breath on. Even if they launch sooner, i'm sure most won't get it till way later with Dells track record.

higher rez pics

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 7:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
I ordered my Inspiron 1720 the day it was released (6/22 IIRC), received it after about two weeks, and it has been absolutely flawless - it's been a really wonderful machine so far. It's amazing that the same company could produce such opposite experiences.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By imperator3733 on 10/12/2007 11:11:39 AM , Rating: 2
I ordered by blue Inspiron 1520 a few days after they released it. It said that is would ship in a few weeks (don't know exactly), but it took until the end of August before I finally got it. Eventually got some money back and free next day shipping.

There were a lot of stories about the XPS M1330 being delayed, but to my suprise there weren't any about the 1520's delays. Blue was the most popular color, so it was most affected. Definetely a reason to just have one color for laptops.

TomZ, what color is your 1720?

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 11:31:07 AM , Rating: 2
Midnight blue. Looks great. :o)

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By Ryanman on 10/12/2007 10:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why Buy Dells? Fraking ridiculous.... get an HP if you can't build it yourself

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By Ryanman on 10/12/2007 10:51:19 PM , Rating: 1
and of course, thanks to no edit button, I look like an idiot.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By MooseMuffin on 10/13/2007 6:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
Building your own laptop isn't quite as easy as building your own desktop.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By ethana2 on 10/14/2007 12:05:45 AM , Rating: 2
...which is /extremely/ unfortunate. I would so build my own tablet if I could. Not enough standards. It's horrible really-- the only thing that desktops have over laptops is that you can build them yourself.

The first company that starts making standard form factor tablet chasses and mainboards stands to make $3000 from me alone.

You hear me? There's a market. We exist. We want to give you our money.

By GoodBytes on 10/12/2007 1:21:06 AM , Rating: 2
A really cool laptop, but I just hope those pictures are not the actual final product design, as I find it uglier then the never changed design from Lenovo.

RE: Design
By Dactyl on 10/12/2007 5:12:53 AM , Rating: 2
Thinkpads are the best-looking laptops out there.

Everything else is too shiny, too bland, too boxy, too contoured, too thick, or made by Sony (too expensive).

RE: Design
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 8:02:13 AM , Rating: 3
Thinkpads are the best-looking laptops out there.

LOL, ThinkPads are completely devoid of style. They are plain black boxes. Their complete lack of style is one thing that makes them popular in the corporate world - they don't attract attention and don't have any flash/bling factor. It's fine, though a bit boring.

RE: Design
By fleshconsumed on 10/12/2007 9:16:05 AM , Rating: 2
Thinkpads are the best-looking laptops out there.

Everything else is too shiny, too bland, too boxy , too contoured, too thick, or made by Sony (too expensive).

Uhm, have you ever seen ibm/lenovo laptop?

RE: Design
By SiliconAddict on 10/12/2007 9:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. I deploy about 3 a week. They are bland, they are boring, and they are boxy. They are also solidly built.

RE: Design
By euclidean on 10/12/2007 12:21:40 PM , Rating: 3
Dell Latitude series laptops are pretty nice. Durable, they have a plain, yet business classy look to them. Really nice, and the feel of them is great. I use a Latitude D630 at work and I don't think I've used a better lapotp for general use ever. (gaming is a completely different story. lol).

BTW, all Latitude series laptops have the battery indicator built into it...and it only needs the battery, not the computer, to work. If something is wrong with the battery, the lights flash in different codes and will let you know what's wrong depending on which code flashes. The Precision laptop series have the same thing as this is nothing new.

RE: Design
By Johnmcl7 on 10/12/2007 7:42:18 PM , Rating: 3
It's inspiron as well, every dell laptop I've used has that battery meter.


HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By Vim on 10/12/2007 6:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
HP Pavilion tx1000z series > This or any other tablet out there, quite frankly...

RE: HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By Chris Peredun on 10/12/2007 8:47:02 AM , Rating: 2
The tx1000z series is a good cheap tablet. It uses a passive digitizer - ergo, it's not "> any other tablet" due to the lack of pressure sensitivity - and it uses a Turion X2 instead of Core Duo/Core 2 Duo. (Unfortunately, AMD still trails Intel in the mobile market.)

RE: HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By cochy on 10/12/2007 9:23:20 AM , Rating: 1
Unfortunately, AMD still trails Intel in the mobile market

As opposed to which other market?

RE: HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 9:25:43 AM , Rating: 4
AMD still leads the last-generation desktop CPU market.

RE: HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By cochy on 10/12/2007 10:44:40 AM , Rating: 2
Oh very true.

RE: HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By Chadder007 on 10/12/2007 9:44:44 AM , Rating: 2
In a way I like the way the passive digitizer better myself.

RE: HP Pavilion tx1000z series
By Vim on 10/12/2007 4:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are overstating the cheap aspect (price) of it. Low in price or not, more expensive, same range (size) tablet type laptops still don't measure up to the tx1000z in design, performance options and yes, price. Not to mention HP is great in customer support.

Hell, even dell is copying HP, imo.

I just used an Asus R2F
By LCC2286 on 10/12/2007 10:15:51 AM , Rating: 3
A coworker just bought one so I played around with it, VERY impressed. I think it was 13.3", 2ghz c2d, 2gb ram. Awesome specs for a tablet pc for well under $2000.

2yr global warranty and 1yr of free accident coverage is good too!

RE: I just used an Asus R2F
By SilthDraeth on 10/12/2007 1:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure it wasn't an R1F? The R2 series appear to be UMPCs.

RE: I just used an Asus R2F
By LCC2286 on 10/12/2007 5:18:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it was the R1F, thanks :)

usb port...or not
By mjcutri on 10/12/2007 3:38:01 PM , Rating: 2
Did anyone else notice that port above the USB port on the back? At first glance, it looks like a usb port, but when you look closer, the plastic bar that is usually in the middle, is actually on the bottom and looks like it has 4 holes in it to accept some sort of pin. Kinda reminds me of a floppy power connector.

RE: usb port...or not
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 4:12:00 PM , Rating: 2
Looks to me like a SATA connector.

RE: usb port...or not
By SiliconAddict on 10/13/2007 3:28:28 AM , Rating: 3
Its a Dell proprietary design to power external USB devices. Namely optical drives, hard drives, etc. So while the lower USB is standard USB. The top isn't anything you can use. Dell has been shipping this design for a while in their Latitude line of laptops.

I was hoping for something different
By jkresh on 10/12/2007 12:25:13 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like at least initially they are competing in the ultralight market, I was hoping for something more along the lines of 12-15 inch screen (with wsxga+ or higher) and discrete graphics (at least as an option). There appears to be a market for people who want a powerful laptop with tablet features, vs just an ultralight but the only current 14inch tablet is gateways and it only has a 2300 (2400 or better would be good, 8600 would be great) and its 14inch screen is only wxga+ (wsxga+ should be minimum). Toshiba had something but it hasn't be updated to core 2, maybe apple will come out with something next year.

By Inkjammer on 10/12/2007 9:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
A lot of artists use Tablet PCs on the go, and a 14 to 15" is perfect for that. It's like a portable Cintiq, although admittedly not as flash. A 12" is unusble by those in the art field.

Finding a GOOD 14" Tablet PC is hard as hell. I had to settle on a Toshiba Tecra M7, which was phased out a month after I bought it. :(

Slow day on DailyTech?
By kileil on 10/12/2007 4:23:41 PM , Rating: 2
Please excuse my OT post but the front page hasn't moved all day, and this Friday afternoon at work is draaaaaaggging.

If I were to use the "Suggest News" link at the page's top would it appear immediately or require someone at the dailytech empire to press the Approve button?

RE: Slow day on DailyTech?
By GoodBytes on 10/12/2007 9:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
They don't approve anything..
They take your idea, look into it, type the article and the next day or so it appears.

Specs smecs.....Lets talk price.
By SiliconAddict on 10/13/2007 3:34:18 AM , Rating: 1
I just want a solid Tablet PC that isn't overly expensive, gets good battery life, and is pretty small. I really couldn't give less of a shit about design for something like this. Hell the more it looks like a book the better since I will be drawing in it.

By f1r3s1d3 on 10/13/2007 4:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
I hear ASUS makes some good ones. I'm not gonna lie, this Dell looks real nice, but like some others said, Lenovo is hard to beat for overall best price/performance/durability.

Power Meter
By creathir on 10/12/2007 12:25:56 AM , Rating: 2
Dell has had the power meter on the battery for years. My Inspiron 8200 had it on the batteries. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world at the time, now I come to expect it.

- Creathir

By jconan on 10/16/2007 10:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
well it looked very similar to the thinkpad x60t except with minor differences at least. but this notebook will sell...

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