Dell announces Latitude XT convertible tablet

As expected, Dell has finally taken the wraps off its first foray into the convertible tablet PC world: the Latitude XT. The system is launching with a hefty starting price tag of $2,499, and it features a 12.1" 1280×800 display with optional daylight-readable and LED-backlight panels, low-voltage Intel Core 2 Solo and Core 2 Duo processors, integrated ATI Radeon X1250 graphics, a full-sized keyboard, and a weight of just 3.57 lbs (1.62 kg).

Dell’s Latitude XT, shown here in tablet mode. Source: Dell.

The system can squeeze in up to 3GB of DDR2-533 memory, 40-120GB hard drives or 32-64GB solid-state drives, a wealth of connectivity options (including 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and EV-DO for hooking up to cell phone networks), and enough battery capacity for the system to last up to 9.5 hours. Since the machine isn’t up for sale on Dell’s website just yet, though, we can’t say for sure how much the more mouth-watering extras will cost you.

As tablet PCs tend to do, the Latitude XT includes a stylus to allow users to write on the display when the system is in tablet mode. Dell says there’s also a capacitive touch-sensitive screen, which recognizes finger input with no pressure required and includes hardware support for future multi-touch functionality (as seen in the iPhone). The touch-sensitive display has been tweaked for accuracy and speed, with reportedly faster touch response times than those of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X61T.

Dell says it will begin taking orders and shipping out Latitude XTs "by the end of the year." The company also intends to roll out Energy Star 4.0-compliant models in January. The Energy Star 4.0 specification mandates 80% power efficiency, active power factor correction, and low power utilization.

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    • Stranger
    • 12 years ago

    ewww integrated graphics on a 2.5k laptop…. biggest regret on my IBM tablet.

      • evermore
      • 12 years ago

      This isn’t a gaming machine.

    • paco
    • 12 years ago

    “$2500 is $1750 after regular 30% Dell discount. But with the 9hr battery, this seems aimed at large businesses. So maybe the discount won’t get that low.”

    Yep, this is their business class not cheap line, they rarely discount this line, if they bring a Vostro one, or an Inspiron, it will be initially a lot cheaper and also carry the 30% off.

    • evermore
    • 12 years ago

    Active PFC and 80% efficiency? Wouldn’t that just be a power brick swap? And I expect the low power utilization just translates to “much slower machine”.

    Pretty slick-looking though. The protruding hinge might be annoying occasionally, since that edge can’t be pushed up flat against anything (just a rare possibility) and it breaks up the appearance, but that’s minor.

    I know from experience (touch-sensitive retail displays) that such displays can be a pain in the ass, randomly losing calibration, the surface wearing down at any point that gets a lot of activity (like menu items that are always in the same place), and if crud builds up along the edge of the screen it can interfere. I’ve wondered how well these hold up since they started coming out, given that most consumers would be more pissed if it started to fail than would a retailer with a same-day service contract and who also isn’t dead in the water if a single machine stops working. I wondered about PDAs as well, but using only a stylus that requires pressure I’d guess it would wear differently.

      • bthylafh
      • 12 years ago

      From configuring a few different Dells, yes, it is pretty much a power-brick swap. On the desktop machines they will also limit you to the lower-power CPUs and maybe video cards (I only buy from Dell’s business-oriented lines, the Latitude and Optiplex, sometimes Vostro).

    • adisor19
    • 12 years ago

    Multi touch, eh ? Let the lawsuits begin ! 😛

    Adi

      • titan
      • 12 years ago

      Why would there be lawsuits? Don’t you think Dell is smart enough to obtain the rights to use it?

        • evermore
        • 12 years ago

        Why would they think they needed to obtain any rights to such an obvious feature? A specific implementation, yes, and they’ll probably get sued over claims they used a bit of technological implementation from someone else, even if they didn’t.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      You’re aware that Lenovo’s tablet was touting “Multitouch” /[http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-67061.html< ]§ §[<http://www.digitaltechnews.com/news/2006/11/lenovo_x60_tabl.html<]§

    • DASQ
    • 12 years ago

    So who was it that guessed ~$1500 for this thing?

      • etilena
      • 12 years ago

      I thought $1500 was the guess for the Apple ultraportable? At 3.5 pounds, it’s still a little on the heavy side.

      • zqw
      • 12 years ago

      $2500 is $1750 after regular 30% Dell discount. But with the 9hr battery, this seems aimed at large businesses. So maybe the discount won’t get that low.

        • DASQ
        • 12 years ago

        30% discount is pretty random though. Sometimes it’s 30% discount, sometimes it’s some cheap POS Dell bag. Or some $80 printer that isn’t worth using.

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 12 years ago

      I was hoping it was 1500, ohh well. I bought a t60p instead for 13xx. 🙂

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