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Laptop News: Dell Introduces the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC with Multi-Touch and SSD
      #30811 - 07/15/08 01:11 PM

Dell announced today the convertible tablet with multi-touch capabilities on the Dell Latitude XT. Customers can download the easy-to-install multi-touch module at starting tomorrow. Here is more info:

The company is also expanding its solid state drive (SSD) leadership with availability of a 128 GB drive and said it will announce its next generation Latitude laptops in the coming weeks.

Dell First to Offer Multi-Touch Capability on Convertible Tablet

Dell was one of the first major vendors to introduce capacitive touch and is now bringing multi-touch capabilities to the Latitude XT. The new capabilities include:

-Scroll ? by placing two fingers on the screen and moving them horizontally or vertically customers can easily navigate in web browsers and productivity applications.
-Zoom ? by touching the screen with two fingers and moving them together customers can zoom various content in and out, such as pictures or Web pages.
-Programmable double-tap ? customers can program a command, such as launching a Web browser or turning the screen off to save power, that will respond to two taps with two fingers.

Dell?s integration of multi-touch allows customers to use the full real estate of the screen, as opposed to just the touchpad like the Voodoo Envy 133 and Apple MacBook Air, and works with productivity applications they use every day, such as Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Google Earth, etc.

The free upgrade is easy to install with a Dell wizard that walks customers through the download process. To see a video demo of multi-touch capabilities on the Latitude XT, go here.

Dell Extends SSD Leadership with Availability of 128 GB Drive at Attractive Price Point

Dell was one of the first major vendors to deliver SSDs to its customers and leads major vendors with the broadest portfolio of client products available with the technology. The new 128 GB SSD starts at $649 and is available tomorrow in the U.S. on Dell Precision and Latitude systems. The drive will be offered on XPS and Alienware systems next week.

The new drive helps solve customer pain points around price and capacity of SSD technology. Customers get double the capacity of Dell?s 64 GB ultra-performance SSD offering for the same price.

SSDs are eight-and-a-half times more shock tolerant and have a predicted reliability more than three times that of standard notebook hard drives. Dell also offers a 64 GB ultra-performance SSD that delivers up to 22 percent better performance than a 7,200 RPM hard disk drive.

Specs and Price

The convertible tablet weighs in at 3.57lbs., making it is one of the lightest tablet PCs available. Pricing starts at $2,499. Now for some other specs...


Intel Core 2 Solo ULV processor U2100 (1.06GHz) or
Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor U7600 (1.20GHz)
12.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) display:

Optional LED-backlit display
LCD Outdoor viewing display for increased brighness in outdoor use
Graphics: Integrated ATI Radeon X1250 UMA adapter


All configurations include 1GB of integrated 533MHz memory
optional 2GB or 3GB configurations available
Power/Battery Options:

4-cell 28W/Hr Li-Ion primary or secondary
6-cell 42W/Hr Li-Ion primary or secondary
45W/Hr Li-Ion High Capacity Battery Slice
45W (small form factor), 65W, Combo Auto/Air (90W test only)
3-foot power cord standard, 6-foot optional

Hard Drive Options:

40GB 1.8" 4200RPM hard drive
80GB 1.8" 4200RPM hard drive
120GB 1.8" 5400RPM hard drive
32 or 64GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drives
Input Devices:

Finger Touch - Capacitive Touch Screen
Pen - EM Digitizer
Eraser functionality actuated via side switch
Optional tether
Interaction with display controlled by three different replaceable "tips" for user-selectable writing experiences
Full-size keyboard / full Latitude localization
Dual-pointing; rubber domes with leveling rods
Scroll Wheel with enter and back functionality (on display / slate)
Operating Systems:

Windows Vista Business (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005
Connectivity Options:

Dell Wireless 1390 (802.11g)
Dell Wireless 1490 (802.11a/g)
Dell Wireless 1505 (802.11a/g/ Draft n)
Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth Module
Dell Verizon Wireless 5720 Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO Rev A)
Dell Wireless 5720 Sprint Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO Rev A)
Dell Wireless 5720 Telus Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO)


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