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.