Dell has so far stayed out of the tablet PC game, preferring instead to stick with ultraportable notebooks like the XPS M1330. However, a "Latitude XT" tablet PC from the company is fast approaching, and the guys at istartedsomething have learned detailed specifications as well as a release date for the machine.
They say the Latitude XT tablet PC will have a 1.2GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo, a 12.1" display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of DDR2-667 memory, ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 integrated graphics, a DVD burner, an 80GB hard drive, and support for 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0, as well as FireWire connectivity. The system will weigh in at either 1.6 kg (3.57 lbs) or 1.8 kg (4 lbs), depending on battery capacity and display type. Both fluorescent and LED display backlights will be available.
According to istartedsomething, the Latitude XT was scheduled to be released on November 16 in Europe and on December 3 in North America. However, considering the machine has yet to appear on Dell's European sites, istartedsomething says it might have been postponed—perhaps as a result of the recent LCD shortage. (Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.)