Lots of folks have been waiting for us to release more details on the Latitude XT Tablet PC. My first brief post about it has received more than 400 comments and has gone on to become the #1 most viewed post in Direct2Dell's history. It's made some traction in the blogosphere too—almost 2,000 posts reference the product by name before we announced it.
Update: 12/11—Glenn just published his post. It has the capacitive touch vlog I mention in the last sentence of this post.
And speaking of the blogosphere, many of you who are interested problably already have seen the updates from Engadget here and here.
We will begin taking orders and shipping the product by the end of the year.
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...
12.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) display:
Graphics: Integrated ATI Radeon X1250 UMA adapter
Hard Drive Options:
Tomorrow, we'll follow up this post with another that discusses functionality of the tablet with a nearly 10-minute vlog discussing the Latitude XT's capactive pen and touch capability. It's live now—see here.
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In the words of the great Garth Algar of Aurora, Illinois....
"When did you become a nutbar?"
Are you guys smoking crack? Okay, the Multi-touch is nice but it is not worth almost $600 over Lenovo's X61 which has a faster CPU, higher resolution and more memory capacity...
You dropped the ball DeLL!
$2500?!?I'd like to add a few more question and exclamation marks there, but I'll refrain.Dell, you've come all this way, after continual delays and disappointments, and after so much smack talk (the whole sawing tablets in half business), you end the race by just shooting yourself in the foot.
$2500 STARTING price...
What's that gonna get me? A 1GHz single core processor, a gig of RAM, 40GB 4200 RPM HDD, 802.11a/g, MAYBE bluetooth...
I have a Dell 700M with 1.6GHz Pentium, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, 802.11 a/g, and I bought it 3 years ago for $999 (worth about $500 today). Are you telling me that 3 years later you're putting worse specs in a machine, and charging $2000 premium for tablet functionality?
Give me a BREAK.
This is on the heals of Toshiba, who announced today a tablet that is not only has better base and fully loaded specs, has pen and touch capabilities as well, but also is a full GRAND cheaper.
Let me say it again just to emphasize: One THOUSAND dollars cheaper. It's slightly larger, and of course doesn't have multitouch, but is that extra cubic inch of volume and half pound of weight worth a thousand dollars to me Dell?
Honestly, when I saw that price I literally laughed out loud. Honestly, I don't know who you think you are, but you're not HP because they're getting my money and you aren't.
$2499 sounds more like an ending price, not a starting price. Looks like there are several options that should be standard, like Bluetooth, Core 2 Duo, bigger hard drive, stronger battery, 2GB RAM with Vista that most people will want to include on a new PC that should last for years.
I was ready to dive in at release, but $3000+ for a nicely equipped machine is going to make me rethink this a bit. Too bad, really. Let's hope that this is a typo!
I agree. My first reaction when I saw the pricetag, was,"yeeouch".
Adunno how to tell you this guys, but finally putting something like this out in the market behind all of the other big guys, and right before Xmas with a price like that, don't make you guys look good for the season. I mean, even Toshiba has a "barebones" yet respectable version of the Convertible PC for around 1500.
Putting your left foot out first, with a backbreaking pricetag like that puts you guys behind everyone else, even finally having the Convertible laptop.
Well, I was going to buy one, but not for $2500.
Nicely done. You still make crappy overpriced computers.
Hey... maybe it comes with the extra battery slice and docking station...
and a Nintendo Wii :)
and an Xbox 360 ...
This release is a JOKE!
$2500. Ouch! I love my samsung Q1 Ultra. Only paid $749.99 at Bestbuy for it. It goes on sale from time to time. Weighs only 1.5 lbs, decent touch screen (not multi touch), 40 GB drive, 1GB RAM, 4 hour standard battery, wifi. Did I mention - highly portable. I was hoping to see a Dell tablet under $1000.
Ronnie: The video is posted here.
DID YOU READ ANY OF THOSE COMMENTS ON THE POST?
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT ANY OTHER TABLET PCS (WELL CHECK THEM OUT BEFORE YOU SAWED THEM IN HALF)?
THIS IS CRAZY!!