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Latitude XT  (Source: Dell)

Latitude XT2  (Source: Engadget)
Dell shows off its second-generation Tablet PC

Dell's Latitude XT was met with great anticipation when specs for the device first leaked in May of 2007. Interest began to dwindle somewhat, however, when Dell announced the $2,499 starting price for its first entry into the Tablet PC arena.

The current generation Latitude XT makes use of Intel Core 2 Solo and Core 2 Duo processors and ATI's Radeon X1250 mobile graphics core. The Tablet features a 12.1" WXGA display that can be had with traditional CCFL or LED backlighting.

Connectivity options abound with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11n and optional HSDPA/EVDO support. Users also have access to three USB 2.0 ports.

Dell isn't resting on its laurel with the Latitude XT -- Engadget managed to get its hands on a computer-generated image and specs for the XT's successor: the Latitude XT2.

The Latitude XT2 will be built on Intel's Montevina (Centrino 2) platform and will include Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) and Low Voltage (LV) processors. The Latitude XT2 will also make use of Intel's new integrated graphics core. Dell's port selection for the XT2 is not surprising and will include a VGA, NIC, Firewire, two USB 2.0 ports, and an eSATA port. An ExpressCard slot and SDHC reader are also included in the mix.                                

Dell is currently studying the feasibility of including an optical drive on the XT2 -- a feature that was lacking on the original XT.

The 3.5-pound Latitude XT2 is expected to launch this November -- hopefully Dell will bring pricing for its second generation closer to Earth this time.

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thats really cool..
By omnicronx on 3/19/2008 12:05:33 PM , Rating: 1
I really like the design, but look at how thin the connection at the swivel is. I wonder how easy they would be to break. After all, the one model is still a laptop, and needs to be portable

RE: thats really cool..
By acer905 on 3/19/2008 12:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, thats why i really don't like the convertible tablets. I'd much prefer a slate tablet with a bluetooth foldable keyboard. Thats always been the biggest flaw with laptops, screen hinges can be broken in very small accidents...

RE: thats really cool..
By vtbutters on 3/23/2008 9:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
Check out the C200 series from Acer. It's outdated, but if there's enough pressure from consumers I'm sure Acer will create an updated version of these. Basically it's a foldable slate tablet. I've had one for 2 years now, the C204Tmi, and it has worked fairly well. People with convertible tablets actually appreciate the design, despite its somewhat odd looks. It works well in Linux as well.

RE: thats really cool..
By GoodBytes on 3/19/2008 1:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
Despite their appearance, convertible tablet PC hinge system are more sturdy then you think. They are not invisible, however they are not easily breakable. You have to use some force to break it.
However they are on the market some convertible tablet pc that uses ultra cheap plastic holding with 1 little screw and those can brake, how ever these are rare. I personally never saw a tablet pc with a broken or cracked hinge.

By NoBull6 on 3/19/2008 12:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting, but I'd really like to see the price closer to $1000. Not sure if they're going to be able to get there.

RE: <1000
By jpknoll on 3/19/2008 12:22:43 PM , Rating: 1
Ya currently gateway sells tablets with comparable specs at about 1200.

RE: <1000
By Scott66 on 3/19/2008 4:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
Dell can charge more as long as they work. We are 0 for 4 with Gateway tablets. Either a dead area on the touchscreens or touchpads that quit within 2 months. One had both.

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