Nearly seven months after the Latitude XT was first shown to
the world, Dell is finally making its first Tablet PC available to consumers.
Dell says that its new 3.53-pound Latitude XT is a ground-breaking device and is among
the thinnest and lightest in its class.
The 12.1" Latitude XT has both pen and capacitive touch
technology. Capacitive touch allows users to manipulate items on the screen
without the need to apply pressure directly to the display.
"Until now, customers have been forced to make
tradeoffs in tablet functionality to have usable systems," said Dell
Product Group Director Margaret Franco. "With Capacitive touch technology,
the Latitude XT will revolutionize the way customers interact with their
systems, allow customers to take full advantage of tablet technology and
enables customers to get more done with greater speed and precision."
Dell is taking direct aim at the leaders in the Tablet PC
arena and claims that touch response times for its new Latitude are better than
the competing Lenovo X61T. The Latitude XT also features advanced digital palm
rejection technology for those that regularly write on the screen and uses a
digitizer that is ten times more durable than competing solutions.
The Latitude XT is built around Intel's Core 2 Solo and Core
2 Duo ULV processor and comes equipped with a Radeon X1250 graphics core. The Tablet
PC also incorporates a full-size keyboard with dual pointers and can
accommodate a 64GB solid-state
drive or up to a 120GB hard drive.
As previously reported, the display will be available with a
traditional CCFL or LED-backlit WXGA display. As is the case with most high-end
notebooks and Tablet PCs, the Energy Star 4.0-compliant Latitude XT comes
equipped with 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, HSDPA or EVDO Rev A WAN options, biometric fingerprint reader and three USB 2.0 ports. Dell also
gives users the option of a 4-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell battery back (the
batteries feature a touch-sensitive power meter to report battery life at any
All of the Latitude XT's Tablet PC goodness comes at a price
-- the system features a base price of $2,499. Dell will take orders
for the system and begin shipments before year's end.
brought you news of the device in late May when Dell
announced to the world that it would enter the Tablet PC market. In
leaked the specs of the device along with detailed pictures of the device from
quote: Dell is currently taking orders for the system and the first shipments will commence before year's end.