Dell launches Latitude XT2 tablet PC with multitouch feature

Dell announced this week its Latitude XT2, industry's first Tablet PC with multitouch screen capabilities which will allow users to use natural gestures like a pinch or tap for scrolling, panning, rotating and zooming. There's also a programmable double-tap feature to launch a browser or turn the screen off to save power. Last year Dell released a software module to add multitouch capabilities to the original Latitude XT.

Below are some of the features of the new Latitude XT2

  • Innovative multi-touch responsive screen
  • Dual-digitizer for low pressure, high touch accuracy
  • New LCD-based wireless antenna design for excellent connectivity
  • 1.2-GHz or 1.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 processors
  • DDR3 RAM up to 5GB
  • Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • 120-GB, 5,400-RPM SATA HDD or 128-GB SSD
  • 12-inch daylight viewable display
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life with 2 or 6-cell batteries
  • Optional mobile broadband capabilities
  • Optional fingerprint and a smart card reader

Dell currently offers any of these Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business 64-Bit
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows XP Tablet Edition
  • Windows Vista Business with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows XP Tablet Edition

Probably Windows XP downgrade would disappear very soon and Windows 7 editions would replace it

The Latitude XT2's pricing starts at USD 2,399 and you can order yours here

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17 Comments

Looks like an awesome tablet compared to my old Toshiba Tecra M4.
Why still in this day and age are laptops still coming with VGA out and not DVI

It's probably to keep the business/education sector happy. As most projectors are VGA still, yes you can get DVI > VGA adapters but businesses like it more when it's built in.

On a side note, my Asus laptop has both VGA and DVI ('08 laptop) but I think the later models have ditched the VGA for HDMI but I'm not 100% sure.

Airlink said,
I wish laptop makers in general would stop putting D-Sub VGA ports on their laptops and switch to DVI already. Better yet, HDMI. Wake up and smell the 21st century, guys.


Wake up and smell reality. Most projectors, etc use VGA.

@themailnurse: DVI to VGA adapter. Very simple (part of the DVI output anyway), extremely cheap($6 hard rubber like adapter), and you can't go VGA --> DVI for devices which have DVI only without a large convertor.

Hurmoth said,
2,399? No thanks. It just isn't worth that kind of price tag IMO.

yea.. i thought that seemed a bit steep... esp for the starting price...

I have a Gateway E-155C and it has the Intel Core2 Duo ULV U7600 and it can handle 2 or 3 virtual machines without any problem. They might not be aimed at gaming but they sure as h*ll let you get work done!

industry's first Tablet PC with multitouch screen capabilities...
???

They're not the first. I'm not sure who the first is but HP has had a tablet out with multitouch capabilities for some time now, the TX2Z. I should know, I just bought one.

This comes straight from HPs website:

This tablet PC is also "multitouch" : you can use more than one finger (e.g., index and thumb) at the same time.


Sorry Dell, you lose!

Tim Dawg said,
???

They're not the first. I'm not sure who the first is but HP has had a tablet out with multitouch capabilities for some time now, the TX2Z. I should know, I just bought one.

Actually, Dell did have the first: The Latitude XT.

The TX2Z came out after that. This is just the next version of the XT.

Yep spot on Mio, the original XT has multi-touch and the only difference with its MT to the XT2's is that the XT2's works straight out of the box. The XT owners have to download and install the driver.

For what its worth their a great tablet, battery life isnt great but solid design, good tablet performance, the dual input (touch - with capacative display and the active digitiser are great). I agree the price sucks though so if your interested check out the Dell Outlet stores, you will find you can usually pick up a refurb and warranty for the half-price or less.

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