Dell's Mini 9 netbook may be a little old in the tooth these days, but its angular casing makes it a great donor machine for a netslate project. That's just what MyDellMini forum member Rob did (to his Dell Vostro A90, the business-rebrand of the Mini 9), adding a touchscreen layer, flipping the display and relocating the power button.
Dell are tipped to be working with Intel on a 5-inch touchscreen tablet, which will be provided free of charge to users who sign up to one or more digital content subscriptions. The unnamed device, expected to hit the market in around six months time, will be positioned as a direct competitor to Amazon's Kindle ebook reader, and offer would-be users turned off by that device's high initial purchase price an alternative way of accessing regular digital content.
We weren't actually expecting it until tomorrow, but Dell have officially announced the Latitude XT2 Tablet PC. The convertible ultraportable has a 12.1-inch 1,280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, that can also be used with an EM stylus, together with up to a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 processor with the Montevina chipset, GMA 4500MHD graphics and up to 5GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory.
What's believed to be an official spec sheet for the as-yet unannounced Dell XT2 Tablet PC has emerged, confirming the specifications leaked from the convertible notebook's own service manual. There's also a promised launch date of this coming Wednesday, February 11th, with Dell expected to announce the 12.1-inch touchscreen ultraportable.
Full-sized spec sheet after the cut
Details of Dell's upcoming Latitude XT2 Tablet PC have emerged, courtesy of a service manual on the company's own site. Unlike its predecessor, the Dell Latitude XT, this new model will have support for up to 5GB of DDR3 memory, use a 1.8-inch SATA drive, have a range of new ports and revert to integrated graphics (in this case Intel's GMA X4500) rather than a separate ATI card.
Well, for now it’s the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also supposedly the world’s lightest tablet to come to market at under 4 pounds. The best part, Dell with be taking orders and shipping the product by the end of the year.
All this talk of an XT Tablet from Dell started with some sales representatives and customers getting info from them about a possible December 11th launch. Then the manual got posted by Engadget proving that it existed, but not adding any weight to the rumored launch date.
We already heard earlier this year that Dell would be making the plunge into the Tablet PC market. However, since the announcement, little information has been made available. Thanks to a recent leak, we've now got most of the specs on the new machine.
Finally! In a move which many have predicted will change the fortunes of the ever-lambasted Tablet PC platform, it appears that Dell are at long last bringing out a pen-computing laptop of their own. Eagle-eyed Bob from MobileRead spotted the Latitude-based convertible in a video on the company's own Direct2Dell blog, and Kevin Tofel is already slinging in his twopenny-worth about potential specs.