Last week, Dell publicly announced its Latitude XT convertible tablet, promising that the system would become available later this month at a hefty starting price of $2,499. The machine wasn't listed on Dell's website along with other Latitude notebooks, though, and the only mention of it was in the company's press section.
Things have now changed, as the Latitude XT has taken a choice spot both on Dell's front page and in with the rest of the Latitude lineup. Dell offers three different variants of the machine: the $2,499 base model with a 1.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a 40GB hard drive, and a LED-backlit display; the intermediate $2,777 model with a 1.2GHz CPU, 40GB hard drive, and outdoor-viewable display; and the $3,134 model with a 1.2GHz CPU, 80GB hard drive, and outdoor-viewable display.
All three machines also pack 1GB of DDR2 RAM, ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 integrated graphics, 802.11g Wi-Fi, 24X combo optical drives, and copies of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (upgrades to Vista Business are offered for free). Folks looking for more RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and DVD burners will have to pay extra.
Don't expect to receive a Latitude XT in time for Christmas if you order it now, either. Despite promising to ship systems by the end of this year, Dell presently quotes a preliminary ship date of January 15, 2008 for all three Latitude XTs.