Dell tablet PC coming on December 11

The release of Dell's first tablet PC is only five days away, according to a post on Engadget. The gadget blog says it has received "a slew of reports" from different sources all saying Dell has selected December 11 as the launch date for its upcoming Latitude XT tablet PC.

Fairly detailed specifications for the Latitude XT leaked out last month, so we have a decent idea of what the machine will be like. Reportedly, the XT will feature a 12.1" display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, an ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of DDR2-667 memory, ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 integrated graphics, a DVD burner, an 80GB hard drive, and connectivity options including 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and FireWire.

The whole machine is expected to weigh in at 3.57 lbs (1.6 kg) or 4 lbs (1.8 kg) depending on its display backlight type: LED-based or fluorescent. Dell already showcased the machine in a video on its Direct2Dell blog last May. In the video, Dell Business Product Group Senior VP Jeff Clarke explained, "the technology and customer and usage models have evolved to the point that it makes it right for Dell to enter the [tablet PC] marketplace."

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