After five years since the launch of the Tablet PC, Dell has entered the space with the Latitude XT Tablet PC .
As we've talked about on numerous occasions the past 6 months, and learning more after dissecting the manual, the Latitude XT Tablet PC features a Core 2 Solo / Duo 1.06 and 1.2 Ghz ULV processor. It's hallmark feature is N-Trig's DuoSense capacitive touch technology, allowing for much finer touch controls, and supporting the active digitizer pen. The use of N-trig's DuoSense technology also paves the way for true multi-touch interaction with the tablet. In addition to the new capacitive touch screen, the Latitude XT supports two different types of WXGA (1280 x 800 ) screens: a 220 nit LED-back-lit LCD and a 400 nit dual-bulb CCFL LCD for florescent and outdoor viewing. More specs will be found on Dell.com after the product pages are launched.
On the downside, Dell is listing the XT at a starting price of $2499, a full $800 higher than Toshiba's just announced M700 starting price. Those hoping for a competively priced entry are going to be very disappointed. It is worth noting that Dell is not targeting the consumer with the Latitude XT. Their target market are businesses, education, healthcare, and field force, which will surely see a lower price when buying in volume. All that said, the price is way too high, and out of reach for most folks. Dell will begin taking orders and begin shipping by the end of the year.
Our name is on the list for a review unit, so as soon as Dell gets us an XT, we will produce an in-depth InkShow video review, as well as compare the XT to some of its' competitors.
Look for a 10 minute video to be launched on Direct2Dell sometime on Tuesday.