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.
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.
A lot of people have been waiting for Dell to enter the Tablet PC market, on the assumption that it will help bring prices down and encourage the pen-technology into offices, classrooms and university lecture halls. Up until now, however, they've completely denied any intention of sticking a hinge and digitiser into any of their notebooks.
A GottaBeMobile reader, Kevin Bals, was talking to a Dell rep at a school conference who spilt the beans on the multi-national's plans come Vista-time...
"I was at a large school convention on Thursday and ran into the Dell Reps for my area. I was telling them about how we use the Toshiba Tablets and wireless Epson Projectors in our classrooms. I asked them if Dell was coming out with a Tablet anytime soon and they said to look for a late spring release of a Dell Tablet. They said Michael Dell was very much against the tablet. Over time though he realized the tablet was a gateway into the school for other vendors. For example since the school had to go elsewhere for the tablets they ended up buying printers, desktops or projectors from the other vendor as well.
They also said that Dell usually waits for a particular product to become mainstream and then they look to develop a product and own the market. Dell feels that since Vista will have the tablet features built right into the OS that the corporate world will embrace the tablet on a large scale. The reps said this will be especially true once service pack 1 is out for Vista. They plan on releasing their tablet to coincide with the release of service pack 1 for Vista."
This would be incredible news and a real boost to a technology that, even years down the line from its inception, still gets regular criticism from reviewers.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's announcement last week didn't exactly shake up the mobile industry as much as it shook confidence in its mobile, particularly smartphone, strategy or lack thereof. A lot of questions were raised and theories cooked up. Since then, Microsoft has reiterated in different corners that it is still committed to smartphones. How exactly, it hasn't completely explained. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley was able to get some alone time with Nadella after he delivered his Worldwide Partners Conference keynote and asked the hard questions that many of us probably want to ask.