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There’s been some chatter about a Latitude Tablet PC coming from Dell. Check out what Jeff Clarke has to say.


Update: 12/10—I just posted new details about the Latitude XT here. More information coming tomorrow.


Update: 12/11—Glenn just published his post—it features an almost 10-minute vlog discussing the capacitive touch capability and the concept of freestyle computing.



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  • Anonymous

    woohoo! looks great!

  • Anonymous

    This is exciting news! I have been waiting for a Dell tablet PC for years now and it looks like this one will be hitting the mark in terms of portability. Looking forward to the launch.

  • Anonymous

    it’s about freakin time!

    i hope its a decently priced 3LB convert tablet with educational discounts!!

  • Anonymous

    I just hope it uses wacom technology for the screen/pen interface.

  • Anonymous

    All these anon tips i’ve been getting at Aximsite are starting to materialize now. Thanks Dell. I have been hammering on on particular PR rep for 3-4 years to get this done!!!

    Congrats

  • Anonymous

    My question is- Is this based on the D420?

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic news! I’ve been waiting for a tablet offering from Dell for years. It was a tough move going with another brand for the last 2 years, but I’m seriously addicted to my tablet.

    There is just one request: Dell, PLEASE include an option to upgrade to an Nvidia chipset. The intel video that comes with most tablets doesn’t run the 3D applications that I use. ATI is good, but their drivers aren’t as good for 3D authoring as they are for games. Dell+tablet+Nvidia=me as a guaranteed customer. I will pay double!

     

     

  • Anonymous

    So…will my Latitude certification cover me for these? Heheh. I’ve been waiting some time to be able to take apart a tablet without risk of voiding the warranty!

  • Anonymous

    The slim factor definitly appeals to me.  I’ll just have to wait and see.  I’m still a little ticked about the whole Axim discontinuation thing, but from the looks of things I may end up with another Dell before I know it.

  • Anonymous

    Great to see information starting to come out about this – rumors of a Dell Tablet PC have been circulating for quite some time, and Dell’s entry into the Tablet PC marketplace shows that Tablet PCs are a mature technology that are finally coming of age.  The fact that it’s a convertible is important.

     
    Dan Jensen

    http://www.small-laptops.com

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see Dell finally joining in. Now, if Chrysler could make a hybrid electric car, we’ll finally be in the 21st century!

    Looks like the convertible form factor is winning hands down over slate models. Most people I know are familiar with Dell. No one has yet seen the “Dude, you’re getting a ‘Motion Computing’ or ‘Electrovaya'” ads.

     Until now, if it weren’t for Gateway or for HP’s product placement on “Stargate: Atlantis,” tablets would be pretty much dominated by Fujitsu and Toshiba.

  • Anonymous

       Nice Shirt!

  • Anonymous

    Dell – Innovators in technology

    Dell is striving to be a front runner, and this new Latitude Tablet couple with the Dell Ultra HD Display Port, they are entering a new arena, as leaders in innovation and technology.

    Exciting times for Business and Consumer!

     
    -WebMaster Adam.

    http://www.computersite.com/blog.htm

  • Anonymous

    At http://colinizer.com, this weekend, I’m commenting on some of the gadgets coming out of this weeks WinHEC conference.

    The 6 keys things I think my next tablet should have:

    1. Windows Vista with Aero
    2. Convertible
    3. SideShow (that I can extend)
    4. LED-backlight widescreen
    5. Windows ReadyDrive HDD
    6. 6+ hours on a single battery with standby battery swap

    In the mean time I may purchase a Vista UMPC.

     

  • Anonymous

    This is exciting news. I hope it comes out before the end of August, which is when I need to make a purchase. The ThinkPad is my current top choice, but if Dell can out-engineer Lenovo (no easy task), they’d have a customer right here.

  • Anonymous

    forget about tablets, how about a Santa Rosa latitude with a decent graphics card!!!

  • Anonymous
    I’d buy from a guy wearing a shirt like that.

    Do I see a single-frame peek at a pointing stick? Please? It’s so much easier and quicker than having to pick up and move your hand, then re-find the keys, every blasted time.

    I’d be thrilled to return to my love-affair with Dell, but in addition to the pointing stick, you need an easier keyboard: super-soft-touch keys (think Toshiba-ish or better), with a very short stroke (1.5mm?), and a slightly-undersized pitch.

    Of course, that only helps with the small-and-light thing, and that can only be good, right?

    Even if you ignore me, ignore the Greying of America at your peril.

    Older people have increasing difficulty with their hands and fingers (arthritis and whatnot), so requiring minimal motion and pressure is key. If you make them aware of it, they’ll be much more interested in your “comfort” keyboard than in the “great feedback” (read, “discomfort”, even “pain”) available from ThinkPad and the rest.

    (And Boomers are more likely to be touch-typists, so even if their hands aren’t stiff yet, the pointing stick is preferable.)

    You have to admit, it’s a great marketing strategy. If you don’t think so, well, when the next guy tries it, you’re going to be pretty sad. (And if somebody already has, forgive me; I’ve been under the weather and out of the loop for the past few years. I kinda like that: under the weather and out of the loop… it has the ring of a country song.)

    And for the 2 in the 1-2 punch, attract another new market just by making the outside cool. No, not fan-cool; I mean aesthetic-cool. Dark black or colors will be much more attractive than dark grey. (That only worked when the inside technology provided the cool factor. Now great tech is expected, and you have to go that extra mile.) Shiny or matte is better than textured. Smooth edges are better than sharp corners (unless you’re going to take a real permanent stand, like Apple has, and commit to all-bright-red and boxy or something — although I don’t advise that particular look!).

    You don’t have to change the logo, but give it an interesting implementation. Careful, don’t get tacky. But do make it shiny, or make it clear, or make it glow, or make it a cute contrasting color. You know, late-summer leaf green computer with teal logo, warm golden sunshine computer with orange-red logo, etc.. Even better, let people choose and you can just pop it in last-minute at the factory. (Just don’t give them a way to pop it in themselves; in minutes there would be crazy and horrible other symbols for sale out there, and you don’t need to be associated with that.) Or make it super-small — that in itself would be a neat and very visible branding statement.

    Just don’t make it big like Toshiba just did. Yuck.

    The list goes of possibilities goes on…

    Just think, not only would you be attracting a new market of cool-seekers (especially important among more creative, more forward-thinking tablet users), I might point out that you’d be making your current target markets happer, which is the same thing as larger, right? After all, students and healthcare workers and even businesspeople want to look nice, too.

    You have to stop thinking about a computer as equipment or a tool and start thinking about it as an accessory. If people are going to be carrying them around all the time, they want to be able to choose what suits their personality, just as they do with shoes and briefcases/backpacks/handbags. (If you need to be convinced of their interest, take a look at the amount of money spent on accessories each year. Nobody *needs* that many shoes or that many bags, it’s just important to them.)

    Frankly, all of these tweaks are relatively inexpensive, and I personally guarantee sales and profits will go up, up, up…

    (As long as you take responsibility for making the things actually work. 🙂

    I’m picturing a Dell-branded wave of smiling, cool-looking grown-ups. Neat.

    I’ll shut up now.

    But thanks for listening.
  • Anonymous

    Awesome news!  Looks really nice too.  Thin and light.

  • Anonymous

    I currently own a Gateway CX210X tablet PC, and love it because it is top-of-the line with regards to WIFI, HD, chipset, proc, and RAM.  The video card is an ATI X1400.  However, the tablet technology used by Finepoint Innovations does not match that of Wacom.

    I wish I had purchased the Toshiba Tecra M7 instead during the brief window when it was sold with an NVS Quadro 110.  This unit has all the same advantages of the Gateway (including 7 hrs of battery life with a secondary battery) and supports 1440×900 resolution.  Also, it has better compatibility with OS X (hacked) and OpenSUSE.

    Thus, good job Dell, but use Wacom, offer discrete graphics, (ideally next-gen DX10-compatible i.e. GeForce 8600 or RadeonHD 2600) and offer at least a 1440×900 resolution.  Personally, I don’t care about weight.  Most geeks are guys, so either elbow grease is not an issue, or it shouldn’t be. 

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic news! I’ve been looking to upgrade my HP TC1100 and this could well be exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can’t wait to try one for real.

  • Anonymous

    my wait is over

  • Anonymous

    I am ready to update my notebook laptop to a tablet. As a loyal Dell customer I (along with family members own over 16 Dell products) was disheartened to find that Dell did not offer one. As I was searching for the best replacement I came across rumors of the Dell. Now I can’t wait till it hits the market. I’d like to know when can I get my hands on it.

    As a professional in the real estate buiness I can safely sat that Tablet PC’s will be the next big thing in our industry and therefore I’d like Dell to consider this large group when designing of this product.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see a ruggerdized military grade version of this for outdoor use.

  • Anonymous

    Looks cool, even got the active rotation thing like the X60t. Now only need to know the specs.

  • Anonymous

    -Just make it cheap. A convertible is just a laptop with an hinge. No need for endless development. Esp. since you are so late on the market.

    – Make it 15′

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Very exciting.

    If they were to also confirm an availability date, I might wait for this. Otherwise, I will probably have to pull the trigger on either the Gateway e155c, the Lenovo x61 or the Fujitsu T4220.

    Man, if it was available right now I would not mind spending $2000 to order it right now.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone have any clue about the feature list/spec of these things? I think the offering is long overdue from Dell and I want to know more about what to expect.

  • Anonymous

    It was about time. Nice to see the confirmation seal on this so fast! The XT looks really sleek Keep up the good work!

    I really wonder on the pricing of the Latitude XT. Don’t keep those insanely high prices which many can’t afford. At the end of the day, its just a laptop, with a few mods and tech. inputs. Tablets and convertibles are nothing new, price it normally and not as a flagship product for a very niche market. Dell is already late to enter this market, price it well and you enter with a BANG! Good luck 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Horrible Shirt, but one pretty piece of tech.

    Nobleman
     

  • Anonymous

    Interesting stuff.  I would like to hear more about the “touch” and “pen” interface.

    Also.. coming for the business/education markets, I hope that means a decent docking solution will exist for it…   with dvi output to drive my desk bound lcd.

    All in all pretty interesting.

    Wonder what the price point will be.

    – mike 

  • Anonymous

    If this tablet has an optical drive and the multi touch display Lenovo better releases it’s X61 before Dell comes.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been waiting for a Dell tablet for years!

  • Anonymous

    I hope it has a track point.  I hate touch pads.  For me lack of a track point is a deal breaker.

  • Anonymous

    Does it run Linux? Will Dell do character recognition with Linux for it? That would be interesting.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Anonymous

    Business and education markets hmm… to my mind that = relativly cheap and low spec.

    I dont see the point of targeting business people with tablets for the use taking notes in a meeting since most people can type alot faster than they can write. Artists, illustrators, graphic designers – it seems these people are being ignored by every company that makes tablets, ironically enough they are the one group who would most apreciate a tablets capabilities and also be willing to pay good money for a product that meets thier needs  – 

    – high res screen

    – fast processor

    – 4gb ram

    – 7200rpm drive

    – DVI instead of VGA (please its 2007!)

    – firewire 800

    – more than a handful of buttons for use in tablet mode, check out the wacom cintiq for an example.

    Err anyway, rant over :0)  

    Fingers crossed that this tablet shapes up to be a decent machine 😉

  • Anonymous

    Nice!  I hope they have an AMD model of it.  Most of the tablets out now are all Intel.

  • Anonymous

    What is Dell?

  • Anonymous

    Great News Dell!! but the upcoming 2710p from HPs pretty impressive too, with their cam n hsdpa  connection options(only thing lacking from the HPs a touch screen) and their shipping end July 07!?

    and a rumoured HSDPA supercompact convertable slate ‘Helios’ from Fujitsu?

    so roll out your lappies quick! Dell 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to a Dell Tablet!

    Please, please, I hope you haven’t overlooked in your infinite wisdom at Dell to include the items which will put this over-the-top ahead all other teblets, ever!

    I am a physician, these are the items I would want/need to work truly mobile:

    1. Camera(s) – for video calling/conferencing w/ other physicians/residents
    2. Wireless, of course, all modes, all available at the same time on the same tablet
    3. Monitor: UXGA and options for large screens – 15″ or larger instead of just trying to make it tiny weeny – I’m not putting a 12 or 10″ screen in my white coat pocket, so I would rather have the real estate to view data/labs/literature with the least amount of scrolling possible, PLEASE
    4. Separate Video controller – NOT shared! – not paultry, up to even 256 please so I can process those ultra sound video

    Thank you,
    Jonathan

  • Anonymous

    I would love to have one once it is available!

  • Anonymous

    This is great news for me, because I plan to buy a Tablet PC next year. Currently Gateway has the best Tablet PCs I know of, so I hope that Dell can make Tablet PCs that are as good as Gateway, or better. I would definitely buy the Tablet PC from Dell if they offer Linux with the Tablet PC.

  • Anonymous

    What took so long? I hope Dell targets it at the budget consumer
    who wants innovative technology but not sacrifice to pay an arm and a
    leg, but at the same not up for sacrificing basic features and
    functionality to justify the cost.

    Dell has been shipping some
    lacklustre hardware lately though especially in the notebook department and
    the recent consumer complaints are enough to make me wait a while
    before even buying a Tablet from from you guys.

    What I’m hoping for:
    Core 2 Duo
    1 GB of RAM Minimum, Vista itself loves more.
    DVD Burner – but will sacrifice for DVD/CD-RW
    Dedicated graphics 256 MBs
    Vista Home Premium or Business

    Vista x64 (64-bit) FULL support

    Taget price, $799 to $1000 for mainstream market, although I know you will have higher end models for corporate customers and specialized industries. But for a student, the price range I mentioned would be very suitable.

    Its time the Tablet come out of the niche market now and I think Dell might just make that happen.

  • Anonymous

    Gretchen: I dont think you understand the “Dell way”. Let others spend tons of money on research and development, wait until the dust settles and a standard emerges, roll over the competition, rinse and repeat.

  • Anonymous

    Having built-in (not through USB or PCMCIA or express card) HSDPA connectivity is a must these days! Dell, please put HSDPA inside of this Dell Tablet PC because my next (it will be 4th in my life) Tablet PC must have HSDPA built-in — because I am sick and tired of using PCMCIA cards with UMTS/HSDPA – I need to have it built-in!

  • Anonymous

    Why is there a black border around the used area of the screen? It seems that the screen is not used all the  way to the bezel. Pre-production issue or will final version have this as well?

  • Anonymous

    What’s the screen size??? At least leave a piece of paper if not ruler on the table to estimate. 12″ is OUT OF THE QUESTION. Need 14″-15″ at least.

  • Anonymous

    I’m very excited about this announcement and eagerly await the release of this Tablet from Dell. The one thing I hope is that the price is lower than other Tablets on the market, that’s what has kept me from purchasing one. The starting price for the Latitude D630 is $1436, so it would be nice to see this start around that same price (give or take a $100).

  • Anonymous

    It’s all about dedicated graphics and screen resolutions which i can’t find in dells 15″ range.

    If dell doesn’t build a 15″ laptop or tablet with dedicated graphics and at least 1680×1080 screen resolution, i have to stick with a 15″ macbook pro…
     

  • Anonymous

    I hope Dell has realized the importance of not having a spinning mechanical hard drive but rather has decided to utilize a faster implementation of a solid state drive to increase true tablet usage (harsher environment than a normal laptop) while minimizing heat and maximizing performance and battery life.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they have an option for touch/passive screen, or better yet, a dual input (passive and active) screen.
    =)

    Regards,
    soda

  • Anonymous

    Once again Dell is late to market with a “same as” offering. When are they going to learn that market leadership entails taking risks.

    Let’s see, the sales pitch will be commonality with Latitude and less expensive than [name your favorite, entrenched tablet vendor].

    Would it be too much for Dell to introduce any product where the cost is not the primary reason for purchase from this OEM? 

  • Anonymous

    Finally Dell is going this way too. But please, spend it an high resolution like the Lenovo X60 has.

    I hope it won’t last long so I can order it 😉

  • Anonymous

    I want run Linux on it!  (Ubuntu)

  • Anonymous

    I think this is great. I am so excited for this tablet to enter the market! the 12-1 inch screen is perfect I would hate to go larger. The tablet just gets to “clunky.” I want a lightweight convertible with an external optical drive so weight is minimized. don’t-need an optical drive on the go. I’m a professional going back for her master’s degree. this is perfect! In my opinion Dell-is going to get this right. Don’t understand people who would want to lug around a 15″ tablet. Unfortunately weight is a key factor among business, health, & educational fields. Perhaps some of you have forgotten lugging around insanely heavy bookbags with insanely heavy textbooks.

     Another thing I’ve found, is people don’t understand why a tablet costs so much more than a regular laptop. Well, its because the active digitizer technology & screen make up about 40% of the costs. Blame not enough competing active digitizer technology out there for the insane cost of tablets. Then unfortunately it’s performance and graphics cards that are cut to keep costs from being too outrageous.

    I definately hope they give the option of a solid State hard drive as they offer for the D420. Though they too are very expensive its a nice option. I hope, too, that they up the 4200 RPM haddrive to at least a 5400 drive I think a 4200 is just too slow and antiquated with the 7200 RPM mobile drives available. 

    With Santa Rosa and the new integrated graphics with more dedicated RAM, this should be an extremely viable machine. Now, I simply must learn to be patient. Not an easy task!

  • Anonymous

    As a Dell Employee, i am very excited about a tablet portable. The latitude line from the 4×0, 6×0, and 8×0’s are very nice indeed. I hope this portable will be availble to our customers in each of the different lines and not just one model. For those of you that may be asking why is this a concern of mine, I will explain; The screen sized between the LatD430’s D630’s and D830’s varys, thus it would be nice to make sure our customers get a choice of a 15.4 inch tablet, or a 12.1 inch tablet! While this might not happen at first, i know Dell will be commited to bring forth new products that have been proven succesful in the market.  I look forward to supporting this new product line, and can not wait for product training on this exciting launch. I am looking forward to media controls and email status on the lid of our systems, and wouldn’t doubt that they will be coming out very soon also.  I love that the questions on the TellDell sites are being answered, in the case of a question about webcams built into Dell’s, as the new Insprions carry a built in webcam. Good Job PG (product group!).

  • Anonymous

    Looks a little too small for my taste…

    I had a TC4200 and I just bought the new HP one…

    HP is far ahead don’t kid yourself….

  • Anonymous

    I forgot to mention, no built in camera? This would really be a good feature, especially for the Corporate folks who are out in the field and want to do video conferencing on the go. For college kids, it would be an asset for parents who want to stay in touch in a more convenient and person way.

  • Anonymous

    How much does it weigh?

  • Anonymous

    The device looks extremly proprietary and is way too big.

    I wouldn’t bother with these. Get a Lenovo instead. 

  • Anonymous

    If you do plan to use a combination of processor architectures in your Tablet PC portfolio, please keep the lowend processors as far away as possible from it. When I say low end, I mean Celeron, Sempron, Core Solo and Core Duo. Just give customers value, go back to the your roots of your Company: Customer Value and service.

     Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion are just fine by me.

     I would also suggest you provide a powerful out of box experience that could make offering more unique and valuable in comparison to your competitors, offering a full copy of Office OneNote 2007 would make it an enticing value proposition, especially for students.

    Other things to take into account:

    A community and help site just for owners of Dell Tablet PCs.
     

     
     

  • Anonymous

    Dell has the ability to bring together all the features which other tablet convertibles have at reasonable prices. I would like to have a monitor size minimum of 13″  a small camera as in HP tablet, digitizer (Wacom) instead of touch screen. and off course light weight.

    Release it soon. People are waiting.
     

  • Anonymous

    oh, man, some people above sound have no idea what a tablet is, and they insist a HIGH RESOLUTION screen——do they really think they can read on a 12″ or smaller screen with 1600×1200 resolution???

    For small screen, 1280 or even 1024 is more than enough.

    With the reduced resolution, it is possible to come up with increased 3D performance—-lower resolution, but high quality. Hopefully ATI or Nvidia could adjust their product lines.

    Battery is more important than traditional laptop because tablet is meant to carry around. Think of PSP, one of the major problem is the relatively short battery life than NDSL.

    Talking about PSP/NDSL, their outlooking design is definitely something worthy to study.

     

  • Anonymous

    many people talk about performance, and even large screen.

    Interesting, if so, why not go for a laptop???

    Tablet is for mobility, not for performance (although it’s cool to play World of Warcraft or need of speed on a laptop).

    PDA is being replaced by smartphones, tablet can be regarded as the next generation PDA.

  • Anonymous

    wow it looks like you are excited! boring!

  • Anonymous

    Great! however where is the onboard camera for video conferencing.. Most of my clients are going for apple and acer for just this reason…

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Finally, a tablet from Dell. Yay!

    I want:

    WUXGA with 12″-14″ diagonal
    4GB RAM
    Strong 3-D Graphics
    Solid state drive, 20 GB is OK
    External DVD is OK
    WiFi including “n”
    Touch AND stylus
    Stylus with pressure and tilt sensing
    Light and thin chassis
    XP Pro with tablet extension is OK
    Absolutely MUST have remote desktop connection (RDC).

    Nobody makes this yet. Hope Dell does. I’m ready to buy.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in the market for a tablet and I was planning to buy as soon as lenovo releases the x61 but now I have to wait to see the initial reviews of the latitude xt. Thanks a bunch dell, for making me wait longer! 🙂

    In case it helps, here are the things I’m hoping to get (in the x61 or in the XT):

    • L7500 processor option.
    • 1440 x 900 multitouch option (or an sxga+ if not that) — note that x60s have the multitouch option but only for xga resolutions. This is a business laptop, and we business users need our real-estate 🙂
    • The screen should _absolutely not_ be glossy — this is a deal breaker for me — in a lot of lighting situations the glare makes it impossible to read stuff off the screen. <rant> I simply cannot understand this trend (especially from HP, Toshiba) of forcing glossy screens on us. </rant>
    • Discrete ATI graphics option would be nice but isn’t required — x3100 will do. This is a business laptop — graphics are not the most important thing as long as I can drive a standard XGA projector in a meeting room I should be all set. The 965 will handle Aero just fine — the 950 already does!
    • Either an integrated smart card reader, or a regular PC card option — the express card formfactor causes me tons of heartbreak since it can’t accomodate a credit-card sized smart card reader (which is what most companies issue, and since this is a business laptop this should be an important design criteria).
    • Decent battery life without adding an ugly appendage to the laptop — its clearly a thing of beauty, looking at the videos. It would be a shame if 100% of users have to spoil that by adding an external battery like in the case of the x60. Dell: here’s your chance to learn a bit from lenovo’s mistakes. i.e. if literally 100% of x60 buyers opted for an external battery it clearly means that to most users the weight savings from removing the battery was not worth the loss in terms of battery life. That being the case, put a decent battery (4-5 hrs worth) in the laptop to begin with. We (the buyers) will opt for extended batteries above that depending on our needs.
    • 7200rpm HDD options — the more the better. I would love to have the option of getting 160GB @ 7200 rpm.
    • Maintain the high keyboard quality that we’ve come to expect from Latitudes.
    • Maintain (and improve upon) the quality materials we’re come to expect from latitudes. Keep the lines clean, the colors basic — none of that shiny but cheap looking silver coated stuff..
    • Keep the synaptics touchpad. A lot of business users need a trackpoint/stick/whatever but the vast majority of us are irreversably used to using touchpads and don’t want to take the effort to get used to trackpoints. And make the touchpad black/dark grey — these silver touchpads look cheap.
    • I assume the XT will not have an optical drive. I am fine with this (I’ve had a laptop sans cd-drive before and it was a good experience). However a lot of users could get intimidated by (what they think) are the implications. Make it clear that this is not the end of the world — make a slim & light external drive available, and make sure it isn’t prohibitively expensive. Make it clear what the options are for booting from CDs/DVDs. Make s/w available for caching disks to deal with those “what if I want to watch a DVD in an aircraft and don’t want the inconvenience of an external drive” type of questions.

    Oh, and finally — please don’t make me wait too long! I cannot wait to read the first review and see the first _large_ pictures of this tablet. I’m in the market, and I will have a _very_ hard time waiting once the x61 is released. 🙂

    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I hope this spec.

    + Display
    SXGA+ or more
     from 12.1 inch to 17 inch
    -wide view angle to that ThinkPadX61Tablet at least.
     (160degrees / horizontality, verticality)

    + Graphics Chip
    – GeForce or Radeon
    – Integrated Intel Media Accelerator Graphics!

    + HDD
    -2.5inch

    + CPU
    – Intel Core2Duo

    + Interface
    Wacom technology for the screen/pen interface
    DVI
    -Bluetooth
    -more than a handful of buttons for use in tablet mode, like a ThinkPadX61Tablet or Cutiqu

    and Please sale in Japan.

  • Anonymous

    unfortunately, I can’t afford to buy Dell Latitude Tablet PC. For me, a student from provincial Philippines, It’s very expensive. Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    Any existing high-end to entry level laptop should be able to do most tablet stuff iff it only had a GREAT hinge.  Yes, a good touchscreen is needed for “tablet” functionality, but I can see myself  using only a mouse or trackball for much web browsing and navigating after laying the screen flat.  Gee, I can even type some things with a mouse button if I bring up the on-screen keyboard.  I understand that Vista has full tablet functionality out of the box.  

  • Anonymous

    Nice shirt!  Is that supposed to compete with Steve Jobs?

     

    I personally am sorry that the main manufacturers  don’t want to make pure tablets which shed the weight and bulk of the keyboard.  My NEC Litepad was sufficient for 99% of the potential uses.  Speech recognition will soon make keyboards unnecessary even for heavy text inputting.

     johnware
     

  • Anonymous

    Is it working with Ubuntu?

  • Anonymous

    I’m in the market for a tablet and glad to see Dell going to sell one. I can’t wait too long though, so the sooner the better, otherwise may have to buy a x61 or Toshiba.

  • Anonymous

    Many of you people are pretty unrealistic in your demands. You’re saying:

    I want a 2GHz Core 2 Duo
    I want 4gb of RAM
    I want 256mb dedicated graphics
    I want a 15 inch screen with 10 kajillion pixel resoultion
    I want a 10 hour battery life
    I want it under 3 pounds
    and I want it for $2000.

    Not going to happen any time soon in the tablet world. First of all, the extra cost in adding the digitizer and engineering a hinge that won’t break drives the cost of tablets up considerably.
    Second, in any laptop you pretty much have to choose power or mobility, not both. If you want a powerhouse with dedicated graphics and a 15+ inch screen, get a desktop replacement. There are many on the market. People want tablets for mobility and easy of use while standing, walking, or in odd spots. A 7 pound 15 inch behemoth of a laptop will not fit the average tablet user’s needs.

    What this machine will most likely be:

    Core 2 Duo ULV with maybe a LV option.
    GM965 Express Chipset
    GMA x3100 Integrated Graphics
    1-4 GB RAM
    Vista Business
    12.1 WXGA (1200×800) display
    3-4 pounds
    4-5 hour battery life
    No optical drive
    Likely integrated wireless broadband
    $1400+

  • Anonymous

    Could you place me on a waiting list? 😀 If Dell gets this out soon, I’ll buy it over the other models I’ve been looking at…

  • Anonymous

    It looks Sweet. I first found out about tablets on stargate. I i was thinking:”Hmm, where do i get a computer that’s just a sccreen?”
    Well, finally it’s here. Good timeing.
     

  • Anonymous

    I just hope this will be out in time for my new term in college. I have been looking out for such a device and this one looks the deal.
    Potential new customer here if this device meets my requirements.

  • Anonymous

    Looks cheap…  is that a plastic case?

  • Anonymous

    Dell is famous for cheap and low quality laptops. Given that tablet pcs are generally more fragile, I doubt if anyone will want to buy a dell tablet pc. The money you save in buying the PC will go away in the hours spent on talking with Dell “award winning” customer service.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know the Dead were on tour this summer

  • Anonymous

    Please Please Please – do not go with Finepoint!

    I went through several Gateways with the Finepoint setup, and was horribly disappointed!  No Photoshop support until recently, and the response was atrocious.

    I work as an analyst in the real estate industry and know of several major homebuilders who loved the idea of tablets for their salesforce, but could not find a workable version.  I am looking at replacing my Gateway within the next month or two, and this looks like it could be a winner.  Looking forward to updates!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait!  I’ve been wanting a tablet for a couple years now.  We are hoping to get a new laptop this fall from Dell.  It would be great if this was ready to go by then!!

  • Anonymous

    From what I’ve been able to research, view, touch/feel/handle, and finally see in live action at my doctor’s office, the top ranked tablet/convertible laptops have some winning features.  Several brands use the Wacom active touch screen, they have decent enough graphics that are still visible and useful for a small (12 inch class) screen, they are relatively small and lightweight, they have full laptop and tablet functionality, and most of all, a couple of the best brands provide a high quality product for the money.  

    There are several 12 inch screen tablet/convertible laptops on the market today.  Dell has a long hill to climb to match, or better, exceed these competitor products.  I hope that Dell leapfrogs the competition in both technology and value with their new product.  I will be carefully watching to see what Dell produces, because I am going to fetch a convertible laptop soon.  May the best product win.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, i need such a tablet running on Linux not Windows.

     

     

  • Anonymous

    With all my respect to Dell (I had 6 or 7 computers) why bother with
    12″ Tablet? There are 2 dozens on the market from Asus to Toshiba, many
    powerful enough and lightweight. Motion Tablet is quite good and
    weights nothing.

    I can’t state the same on 14-15″ screen
    Tablets.  Something that one places on the table and uses whole
    day. And than carries elswhere.

    Desktop with touchscreen is not a solution, neither is latest funny HP kitchen Touchscreen PC. 

     

  • Anonymous

    i am a university prof. and am ready to buy this conertible. My wish list:

    close to 3lbs and 12.1″

    santa rosa

    vista (with lotsa ram)

    sideshow + D docking station compatible (if possible)

    solid state drive

    Touch AND stylus

     

     

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Really cool!

    Don’t think it has a built in optical drive though! 

  • Anonymous

    I am family physician and I will soon begin to use electronic medical records soon in my practice.  This tablet would be right up my alley, and I believe that Dell also understands the potential market in the medical and healthcare field for the tablet.  My needs match some of the suggestions of the other users here.  I certainly hope that competition in the tablet market will bring down prices the way it did with notebooks.

  • Anonymous

    I have also been waiting a long time for this and am very excited!  Our company purchases our laptops exclusively from Dell, and this is what I have wanted for a long time.  I will be first in line when they are released.

  • Anonymous

    This looks amazing! Will Linux ever be available on it?

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone have information on any Tablet PC’s that are functional with powerpoint projectors and let you write directly into the powerpoint presentation.

  • Anonymous

    Now if they could just have it in my hands before the end of August…..

  • Anonymous

    The main reason I haven’t bought a tablet yet is that they weigh too much.  I have a Latitude X300 and, with the exception of the Motion Computing 1700LE, current tablets are all much heavier (and the 1700LE doesn’t incude a keyboard).  Dell says their tablet will be lightweight but if that comes at the expense of a decent screen size — which happened with the X1 — I’ll keep my X300.

    In reference to Mike’s comment about Dell machines being cheap and fragile:  My understading is that one of the reasons it has taken Dell so long to enter this segment is that tablet manufacturers have been losing their shirts on warranty repairs for convertible models.  I don’t think we’d be seeing a Dell Tablet if they hadn’t figured out some way to make something more durable than the competition. 

  • Anonymous

    Dear DELL,

    We are working for an international organization. We have more than 100+ tablet PC now and all are Fujitsu. 90% of staff are men and we are frequent travellers for business purposes. The Fujitsu’s 12.1″ tablet PC is, for the time being, most suitable option but most of us need more than that size. we have to deal with graphics and drawings which need large screen to view.

    Important points for your plan on Tablet:

    1/Intel Latest CPU, Duo 2 or Multi Core, (FSB > 800 MHz is preferable)

    2/ 13″~ 15″ with sxga or wxga 1440 x 900 ++ (bright view, high contract) display- if smaller than 13 inch, no way to think about it.

    3/ 4-GB RAM

    4/ Dedicated VGA controller card and Memory 256 or 512 Gb for 3D (Share VGA RAM not work well all the time)

    5/ WLAN a,b,g,n, Bluetooth, HSDPA, F-iR,

    6/ RJ-45(10/100/1000), RJ-11, Media card reader, PCMCIA, Audio-mic-headphone ports, USB, Firewire, VGA out, (I do not care LPT port, S-Video port)

    7/ SSD with 60 GB (Samsung has made it)

    8/ 7200 rpm 200Gb HDD (Fujitus has it)

    9/ Pen Digitizing with wacom tech.

    10/ Thin, stylist, hard tri-metal chissis (like D800, M60)

    12/ Some security measure (biometric or fingerprint etc.etc)

    We do not mind DVDor CD or optical drive to come as Build-in, these days, everything could be transfered via flash drive. this optical drive could be external The way like floppy drive.

    We do not mind the weight, size and price.

    I hope if you could make it bigger than normal market flooded size (i.e 12.1 inch), that could be attractive to normal Laptop/Notebook users as well.

    Let see….

    King

  • Anonymous

    What is going on!!!!!!

    What a great surprizzzze! I ‘ve been waiting for this ages long..

    But Dell, make it quality product, not like inspiron series: cheap and weak,  line. Make it like Latitude or Precision series: smart and tough line.

    I think we need abit different (bigger) size than dozens of available 12 inch products line which is full of market place in everywhere. Probably 13.3 or 14.1 will do.

    To go well with Windows Vista, I think you may do with good option for VGA. Personally I prefer symmetric design to any curvature outlook.

    Any cutting-edge gears plugged-in?? like web cam and laser beam communication for mid range 30 – 50 m contact in the field? The thermometer, hygrometers and barometer to be build-in? (these equipments do not need big space but use minimum power like clock and provide very useful environment parameter for us.)

    BTW, I am surveyor. So I need these staff.

    Good luck and looking forward to this new toys.

     

     

  • Anonymous

    This is a great step in the right direction.  I personally predict that all laptops will be tablets in the next 5 years . . there’s certainly no disadvantage of having that option.

    I hope you’ll move into the consumer market soon because I’d love to see an XPS tablet.  I’ve read rumored specs of the 1330, and it has everything I need  eeeexcept it’s not a tablet. ;_;

    What I’d like in my dream tablet that I don’t believe anyone else is offering are:
    – A display with a higher resolution than XGA
    – A DirectX 10 card
    – HDMI
    – Blu-ray or HD-DVD drive
    – Santa Rosa

    All under 5 lb. would be awesome (my current laptop is 7 lb and it’s already a pain to carry). And is $1500 or less possible?

    Thanks in advance!

    – Kevin
     

  • Anonymous

    Hi,

    Some wants 12″ screen and minimum weight, others want big screen (13,14 even 15″..) … and light weight of course 😉 Well I think the best Dell can do is to make two differents Tablet PC: a mini 12″ screen and less then 3 pounds on a side, and a most powerfull (dedicated graphic chip and video memory) on another side.

    What is very important in all cases: Wacom tec, no touch screen like the HP TX 1000 series (I was about to buy it but after a short try definitively NO), and NOT a glossy screen: we must be able to use it outside, or inside in a environment with multiple lights that make these brightscreens abslotuely ,ot usable.

    We do not need a integrated optical drive (to save weight). A good idea, instead of that external drives that you don’t know where and how to put (in a plane or a train for example…) should be a slim part that you could plg UNDER the PC, and with the size (same as the Tablet) could integrate an second battery to have the ability to see a 3 H video in the train, and at the destination, put it back on your bag and continue to work with the Tablet alone (on its own battery). 

    And of course: powerfull Core 2 processors, 2 to 4 Gb mem, card reader (DON’T FORGET Compact Flash please, think to photographs… have you noticed no laptop on the market have a card reader that accept Compact Flash ??!!!)

    Thanks 

  • Anonymous

    I hope that the device is offered with a broader range of options than the typical fare.  HP seems to have hit this target by making the 4400 series as a tablet and a notebook version, reducing production costs, hitting a broader market and providing greater versatility.

    The X61 is a nice device, but the spinning drive misses the point.

    12.1 is a nice size (especially in wide format) provided I can push a higher res external monitor.

    Battery life is always an issue, but many of us won’t have the tablet off the dock more than a few hours a week.  What about offering an option for a higher speed processor, and more agresssive speed stepping for off dock battery life?

    As a design professional, I am looking for a portable device that will not limit my productivity, and will be willing to pay a little more to get the power neccessary to drive the software I need to achieve my goals.

    My hardware requirements include:

  • Intel Core® 2 Duo 2.40 GHz, or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for OpenGL® spec 1.3 or later
  • It would be great if Dell would acknowledge this market since the rest of the industry has not.

  • Anonymous

    This is positive news. I’ve been holding off on a tablet pc purchase – I want a tablet for note taking primarily, but I really want one that has the graphics horsepower to truly run Vista with aero. That would mean getting off of the integrated graphics and onto NVidia. If Dell can pull that off, I’ll probably buy one…

  • Anonymous

    Thank GOD! I have been researching the purchase of a tablet for 2 months now. I have been on DELLs for 5 years and love them – as well as the great service. I have been leaning towards the Toshiba – my wife had one and I didn’t think much of it (normal laptop – not tablet). I was thinking I would have to take my business to Toshiba – away from DELL – but now I won’t have to, the only thing is DELL, PLEASE RELEASE EARLIER – MY WIFE’s BIRTHDAY IS IN AUGUST !!!!

    Any chance on me being a tester?

  • Anonymous

    This is good news, but when will we get a firm date ? 3rd quarter is kinda vague as my wife works for Dell, but their fiscal year is a little off kilter.

     I’m a strange student at the UT business school, much older than the rest(the last time I was in school at UT, so was Michael D.), but when I returned to school in 05′ I used a compac TC1000 slate tablet for the first semester back, and it was nothing short of revolutionary. If I did a movie of a day in my school life using the tablet, everyone would have or want one. The Transmeta processor limited the device, but even so, I attribute much of my success to both it, and the organizer program I was using, Gobinder. The combination of the two pretty much eliminated the need for paper. If we can get to a point of E-textbooks, the tablet may become even more of a no-brainer for the education market than it already is.

    I offered to Motion(since they’re homeboys, Like big D) to be an evangelist, for the use of a demo, but they blew me off, their mistake… I’m a born salesman. I guess they don’t need the education market. Just a few people in school…That offer still stands, especially if the release ends up after school starts because I will have a Tablet of a different brand in that case, and so, will need a free one.

    I ask when the firm date will be coming because school starts in two months and my current company has an employee purchase program and I’m not going to wait to purchase and get organized after the semester starts. I am guessing, and hoping, they don’t want to miss the next school year purchasing period.

  • Anonymous

    if anyone at dell reads this :

    please make it usable! A tablet pc is at least as often used outdoors
      as indoors… in fact i own a toshiba portégé m200 running ubuntu 7.04 and since it has some serious issues, i have looked at many competitors but to date there is no tablet pc available that i’d seriously replace mine with. the main reasons to get a new one would be :

    – a battery that actually runs at least 2h with [email protected] brightness while surfing the internet over wlan.

    – a screen brightness that actually deserves the word brightness. 300nits at least but preferable that 500nits one from DELL D620 ATG

    – a screen that is dustproof ! i’ll have to see tabletpc a screen thats not full of dust after 3 year’s use (as a student)

    those are the only issues, but remember it has many features (exceptional ones for back when it was released) :

    – dedicated graphics (well if it runs WoW it’s ok i guess)

    – a screen at a useable size at a usable resolution. since 3 years i use SXGA+ so i won’t consider anything below SXGA+ or WXGA+ but my experience tells me that 14″ screen would be best as it’s approx A4…

    – no CD/DVD-ROM. why on earth would one seriously consider buying a notebook with an optival drive built in? at first i missed it, but nowadays everyone has usbsticks…

    – the fan actually stops when only surfing the net or more importantly, playing music. it actually replaced my hifi… (well i replaced my hdd with 2 cf’s so i makes 0dB…)

    on a sidenote : i WILL be buying a notebook/tabletp this fall/winter…. right now my preference lies with either a DELL D620 ATG (screen bright & ssd & dustproof) or an AppleMacBook Pro (weight, size, features, screen res) however as you see, these are far from my ideal – heck they’re not even a tabletpc because there is no one actually offering anything significant over my three year old one… about the OS i won’t really care, i’ll just wipe OSX or Vista and put ubuntu on…

    but mind you : graphics must come from nvidia or intel…

     

  • Anonymous

    I’m impressed. I hope it’s very affordable and offers student discounts.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Susan: Sorry to hear that you’ve had problems with your desktop. I will have someone from  our Tech Support team contact you soon.

  • Anonymous

    I am so very happy that all of you seem so impressed with Dell.  But let me assure you that Dell does produce lemons.  I know because I own one. The entire tower has been replaced once. Since then they have had to replace the modem twice. I do not have the expertise to replace these myself so I am having to save the money to pay someone to install it.  If anyone has any suggestions I would be most grateful

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Kevin here again.  Just three more things to add to my wishlist as I look at my own laptop that’s falling apart and at Dell’s current laptop line . .

    1. Make sure it’s tough: More magnesium alloy, less plastic!  A spill-resistant keyboard would be very nice, too.

    2. Make sure it’s comfortable: One thing I hate about my current laptop and most laptops is the lack of padding for your wrists.  I’m actually placing a cloth under my wrist while I type.  Otherwise, the plastic underneath is just too hard and hot.  If possible, could you make your keyboard layout more ergonomic?  I believe Acer (or Asus?) was able to do that with their tablets without compromising space.

    3. Make sure it’s attractive: I still don’t understand why Dell believes grey is beautiful.  It’s Eeyore-level gloomy. 😉  A black finish would be great, or perhaps custom color options like they have at Alienware?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂
    Kevin

     

  • Anonymous

    Axman here again..

    It’s been a month, and no new news about the Latitude XT. C’mon dell – throw me a frikkin bone will ya?
     

  • Anonymous

    Dan –

    “no tablets with 4gigs of ram” 

     Fujitsu 4220, 4215

    Toshiba M400

    Thinkpad x60, x61

    Gateway CX 140
     

    So pretty much every major convertable tablet can have 4gigs of ram. Although I would upgrade the ram myself since every manufacturer (including dell) charage an insane amout for this opotion.

    Also Fujitsu and Toshiba see no problem with giving thier customers the choice of fast processorsif you want a tablet that  will last all day without a power socket you can spec it out  accordingly, and vice versa.
     

    FW800 is a great idea, I dont see why this shoul donly be an option for macs. An express card slot would be great since it is fast enough to attach external graphics cards and hardrives.

    Keyboard – if there was a tablet that met my needs i could live without a keyboard. However most slate tablets are too small and under specced.

    Now if Dell can cram alot of powerful goodies into the XPS M1330 I dont see why they can’t make a powerful tablet…actually a convertable1330 would be ideal if it had a larger/higher res screen and they ditched the reflective coating – i want to be able to see what im working on, not myself!
     

  • Anonymous

    My Dell Rep told me that the Dell tablet will be based on the D430 that just came out, so look to that for your available specs.

     1.2 GHz Core Duo, regular or solid state HD up to 100GB, up to 2GB RAM, integrated intel video, 12.1″ WXGA screen

  • Anonymous

    As a longtime tablet pc user and a computer store owner i woudl like to offer the following recommendations

     1. Build quality and weight are very important. Toshiba often does this quite well with its reinforced screen but it does so without good battery life… HOW CAN YOU HAVE A PLATFORM BASED ON MOBILITY WITHOUT BATTERY LIFE? MY m200 suffered in this regard.

    2. My Acer c303xmi has great flexibility with hotswappable extra battery (upto 12hrs — Lenovo and Asus etc… has the expandable batteries as well, but i think you need inbuilt battery life). Its build quality is abysmal! It breaks and breaks and breaks, did i mention the buildquality was bad? I WILL NEVER BUY AN ACER AGAIN despite its benefits, just because of its build quality and i recommend my customers dont as do many fellow store owners!

    3. Having a marketing degree i can say that tablet PCs have one market segment uncovered and that is the student market segment. STUDENTS NEED LOW PRICES even if you ask for Student ID before buying like Apple, Dell could take the entire student segment because every student would buy one if it were cheap and well advertised in terms of its practicality. Students of course need long battery life for a whole day in uni because unis dont normally have any powerpoints. They also need high build quality because they will get a rough treatment in student backpacks (though that should not cost too much more, a hard polycarbonate (or somthing) shell costs little extra to make but makes a huge difference. A lot of students i know will shake their friends computer to check how strong it is (strange practice but i wont let someone shake my Acer but i am more than happy for them to do it to the Toshiba because i know it wont break).

    Students have a funny way of making word of mouth happen. They all know each other and share classes so if one person has a really good laptop everyone flocks around to have a look and say ‘hey how do you write on the screen’… So making an iPhone-like first-time device is pivitol for getting your foot in that door. Apple can do it because people know its quality and innovation and style will be good.

    From a marketing perspective though it seems like you are looking at offering 3 different tablets. The corporate market, the medical market and the student market are very different. They require different styles and different standards and vastly different advertising. Students need to be told it will work long on battery, be able to withstand the student malhandling and be cheap. Medical professionals will pay for something strong, easy to integrate into existing systems, battery life will proabbly not be so important because they will be near a powerpoint at most times etc. A corporate user will want a dock, median 4hrs battery, strength will not be an issue because they will generally not mistreat it like a student but onsite service will be important etc. ONE SIZE TABLET WILL NOT FIT ALL THREE OF THOSE MARKETS! And i think taking into account what i have noted as important as well as some extra market surveys and research should allow you to take the relivitly high growth and empty student laptop AND tablet marketplace. Because lets face it most students dont have laptops now becuase they are too expenisve, impracticle because they will run out of battery when needed (esp. Dells) and breakable. If you break through those barriers you will own the segment

  • Anonymous

    5 important points to offer / include-

    Dedicated Graphics — a must, and very hard to find in an affordable tablet.

    7200rpm HDD or Solid State – It’s 2007.

    Wacom — The hp tx1000 is a joke because of no wacom

    Easy to see screen — not too reflective, plenty of brightness

    Santa Rosa and 4gb ram — plannin’ for the future

  • Anonymous

    Stumbled across thiss looking for references to trackpoint devices …

    While I don’t think a trackpoint (or a touchpad) makes sense on a pure tablet PC I’d like to chip in here and defend the trackpont device for conventional clamshell laptops and hybrid tablet devices with keyboards. I am one of a number of people who find the touchpad almost impossible to operate I press too hard, or I don’t press hard enough, or my fingers don’t have the right capacitance, or something … the damn things just don’t work.

    Most quality laptops have both a stick and a pad, and I think that should be the norm. 

    While we’re on the subject of tablets, I’d like to be able to use any tablet PC in portrait mode … with the shorter dimension of the screen being the bottom — like a pad of paper. An A4 (1:1.4 aspect ratio) screen would be ideal from a user’s POV (Though unfortunately TFT panels aren’t currently made that way).

  • Anonymous

    C’mon Dell, I’ll bite if it’s santa rosa unlike the d430.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t think something that pretty could come from dell. Sure hope they wont let the guy with the crappy silver imitating paint make a last minute change to it.

  • Anonymous

    Very interested in seeing how this well compare to the HP 2710p – which itself is a product concept that has been refined over several generations by HP now. I would think they have information that Dell don’t in designing the latest iteration of this product – but this Dell Tablet does look like an excellent competitor. Kudos to Dell for heating up the competition in the Tablet PC sector.

  • Anonymous

    Hope it comes out soon, and that it has all the features of the Lenovo X-61 – if it doesn’t I’ll buy the Lenovo. Add a touch pad. Long battery life. And be sure we have an option of Windows XP as well as Vista – let the user choose.

  • Anonymous

    Hurry up and let me see what you put out… time for a new tablet.

    I have been happy with the gateway I bought worked well for over two years, The glass on the screen is pock marked and need to send it in.  So ready for a new on and I will pass the old one along.  Tablets are the best for the real estate industry.  Any agent worth a damn should own.  Lap tops are dead…  I do all my contacts with out paper…  it is the only way to do business!  Common Dell get it out there…  Quality for a resonable price!

     

  • Anonymous

    Awesome news, is there any specific timeframe for this product? It’s awesome that it’s so thin.

    My only suggestion would be to improve the design of the tablet a bit. It looks rather bland and if it weren’t for the fact that the screen swivels and goes flat, there really isn’t anything visually remarkable on the machine. You’ve already started off on the right foot with the Inspiron line.

    I’m not asking for a million color choices, just one good design that looks and feels good.

  • Anonymous

    Not everyone wants a shiny “steal-me” laptop.  I happen to like the looks.  It is a more refined ThinkPad look.  Now, if they’d just release it…

  • Anonymous

    What’s the deal with this video?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rMYzBT0Lts

    Anyone at Dell want to comment?

  • Anonymous

    Does it have a truly outdoor readable screen?  I want a good old fashion transflective screen just like on my treo!

  • Anonymous

    School will be starting soon. I’m going to buy a Tablet… just not sure which one. It would be nice if there would be a Dell to choose from. I use Dell at work at home. Come On Dell. I can’t wait much longer.

  • Anonymous

    Dell,  I’ve been looking for a Tablet PC since January, and I’ve been waiting to hear about yours since I heard about it when I graduated from high school, but i just couldnt wait any longer.  School starts in August, and I need a lappy in my hands before i leave for school.  It takes time to ship a customized laptop, and I need to get used to it… it irritates me that you didn’t think of releasing it before the fall term began when you’re trying to focus on education!  I’ve gone and bought an Inspiron for now, and i wont even have it until three days before i leave for Duke, but if this new tablet comes out before spring semester, i still may just get it…. but you definitely missed out on offering it too late in the year.

     I’m not asking for much, but please, give the user options.  Make it customizable!!  Give people screen choices.  I for one would love a 13″ screen, maybe even 14″, but thats pushing it.  12″ is doable, but so tiny for looking at.  Sure, i could dock it in my dorm, but wouldnt it just be nicer to have a convertible laptop that i could use anywhere–inside or outside–in any mode–without having to look at a teeny screen?  I know the tiny screen is good for some people, but its not reasonable for others. and PLEASE dont forget everyone doing graphic design.  I’m a graphic design artist (although thats not my major, just a hobby), and the versatility and power of a tablet pc in that respect is a major MAJOR selling point.  pleeeeease make it a wacom, they’re wonderful.  and the option of a built in webcam would be great… how else are students going to keep in touch with home?  its better to SEE you’re ok, rather than just hear it.  options are good, wonderful.  fujitsu got it right when they offered options.  but i’m sure Dell can make it not hurt the bank so much.  the reason why i went with a dell rather than fujitsu is because i’m a poor college student… but now i’m just rambling.  just, PLEASE give your customers the option to customize… that way, everyone is happy. 🙂

     
    having choices is a good selling point. specs… colors… accessories…

     

    i wish you released it sooner. 🙁  i would have bought it in a heartbeat.
     

  • Anonymous

    Hi, If the Dell is based on the Latitude 430 without changes in specs, it maybe a loser. Only 12 inch screen at WXGA and potentially less than the lenovo x61t in HD size (32 gigs of flash is not enough in my view) and connections may not work for me and others. The Dell name is at stake for innovation when IBM/lenovo have stepped up to give us increasingly capable tablets. Michael Dell of tablet hating fame must come up with specs before the fall school buying period in my opinion. I have an order in for the x61t which I will not cancel unless Dell comes forward faster.

  • Anonymous

    Looking for my replacement for my D600 and want a tablet but dell is behind the ball here.  If they don’t hurry up they are going to lose an entire years worth of students buying tablets from them.  I will probably order a gateway unless I see something remarkable from dell here pretty soon.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that tablet PC designers can’t figure out that the screen needs to be 15 inches, and not one of these goofy “wide screen” formats?  It has be able to display an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (e.g., a PDF file) without scrolling, without shrinking the text, and without losing the menus on whatever application you’re using to read and/or write with.  I use a tablet PC a little bit every day, but I’d use it a lot every day if the screen were big enough.

  • Anonymous

    Stargate Atlantis are Motion’s not HP’s and they’re slates with a pretend touch screen…

     

    Alan  

  • Anonymous

    Amen Larry Beaty.  And while their at it, make sure the resolution is up to par with every other laptop (read: UXGA as an option at the least).

  • Anonymous

    i completely disagree with a 15″ screeen. i love screen real estate, but find that i don’t carry my 14″ tablet around as much as i used to carry the 12″ tablet i had previously. it’s just too unweildy.

    besides, you can zoom in and out to your hearts content, and most tablets i’ve seen have a little joystick you can use to scroll the screen.

     

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rMYzBT0Lts

    lol 

    you guys must be getting confident that you have an absolute winner.. it’s kinda cocky to upload that otherwise. Hope you’re right. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this product ever since the first announcement (look above — this is my 3rd post on this thread — I keep checking back).

    Give us a launch date or preview or specs or something, will ya? At least tell us the screen diagonal and resolutions and whether it has a touchpad. Some of these things are deal-breakers. Some of us hold out on x61s for a really long time now. So if you give us the basic specs (no classified info) and there are deal-breakers for some of us in there, at least we don’t have to hold off on our purchases any longer. It’s the Right Thing to do..

     

  • Anonymous

    You said that the latitude XT is meant for education, health care, and corp market, but reading some of the above business comments makes me think that by education you don’t mean students.

     I know as a student in college, it’s rare to see other students carry their laptops around because it either has a short battery life or is too big. A lot of people on here are demanding some really power draining specs with bigs screens as well.

    If this tablet is also meant for students then hopefully you’ll give the options that will optimize portability and battery life. It looks really light weight and portable right now which is really awesome. I’ve been looking for a convertible tablet for a year now, and sadly have yet to find one that is portable and lasts long. All the available tablets are big power houses that aren’t portable at all. (except for Hp’s Pavilion tx1000z which isn’t a true tablet)

    Also I agree with above post; it’s very rare to see someone walking around with a 15” laptop on campus. Most laptops that are used in classrooms are maxed at 14” any more and it’s like carrying a desktop around. IMO 12” is perfect!! but that’s why customization is going to be important.

  • Anonymous

    Also option for built in mic and webcam please? It would work great with vista’s voice command and provide extra utility for tablet users.

  • Anonymous

    Someone has some options and everyone has own needs.

    Ok Dell, for me, I need bigger screen than other. If it is smaller or same size of 12″ type, I would not wait for it. I would buy any model available in the market now. If 14″ with lighter weight and longer-life battery, perfact to beat any of existing models in the market.

    I do not know why many peoples asking for 12″ series again and again which is available from other vendors.

    Largest RAM, fastest processor, widthest Bus, lightest weight, longest working time, with latest tech would be DELL’s atmosphere.

  • Anonymous

    Ko ko — dead right. That’s why I’m begging for at least some basic specs. I’ve been waiting two months for some news now — and I’m really hoping the screen diagonal is ideally 14.1 (same as the D620) or 13.3 will do, but smaller then that will mean that I’ve waited 2 months for nothing.. In my book, the 14.1″ WXGA+ of the D620/630 is the sweet spot for the real-estate to size/weight trade-off.

    And please, for the love of god, no glossy screens!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s really sad; with video out in May, and next to nothing added here from Dell employees or representatives, it really makes the Dell tablet seem like vaporware.  Oh, I saw the cocky video released recently, but so what?  Where’s the actual product?

    The student tablet market has been redistributed this year to other vendors, and while Lenovo is driving people crazy with their delays, it’s still not going to help Dell since you’ve shown no product at all.

    If you are wise, you’ll intro models for the business/graphics market soon (before corporate budgets are fixed for ’08), and then spend the spring working out a nice affordable student-ready model for summer delivery.

     Personal thoughts about specs?  Do something a little different.  There’s a glut of C2D 12″ convertibles out there offering nearly the same thing.  Do a crazy ultra-thin 13″ or 14″ with some really simple options for easy docking and innovative battery ideas.  Concentrate on graphics for at least one model option.  Think outside of the standard, and set a path for once.

  • Anonymous

    WACOM WACOM WACOM active digitzer…that’ll seal the deal for me

  • Anonymous

    When will we get more info? This video was published forever ago, there are no details and some of us have shopping to do.

    So, chop! chop! 

    Sri 

  • Anonymous

    active digitizer

    built-in optical drive please

    Sri 

  • Anonymous

    Please no trackstick, I dont like them

  • Anonymous

    I have used several tablets daily over the last few years. There is a reason to use 12″ screens – like Art said above, the 14″ screens are too big to write on effectively even with my huge hands.

    As for processor speed, etc. I don’t think a tablet makes a good desktop replacement machine. For a tablet you use all the time, you want an all day battery. You’re mobile, which means that if you up your processor speed, etc, you need to up your battery size and end up with a 6+ lb machine. Just how long do you think you could hold that beast one handed while writing on it?

    (Alan – note that Motion does makes touch screen versions)

  • Anonymous

    The tablet I want is a slate.  The size, weight, durability, and convenience should be as close as possible to a plastic clipboard.  You should be able to toss, not carefully set, it onto your desk.  You should grab it like your Time (or People) Magazine to peruse as you sit with your morning coffee, or plop it on the counter at the local diner like a folded newspaper.  For more “serious” work it should attach to a traditional notebook base with keyboard, but should tear off easily for portable pen- or finger-based use.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/03/more-details-revealed-on-dells-latitude-xt-tablet/

    I guess some details are out. Not sure if it’s accurate 

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJN29wbDKI

     I’m sold where’s the sign up sheet?
     

  • Anonymous

    it just comes late, the school year begins in one month, even though I am a life fan of dell, I cant wait, can’t go back to school without a tablet.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this table pc can be optional for both XP & Vista. I still prefer to run on XP platform which is easier for most applicationa and external h/w. Don’t know when Asia can get it.

  • Anonymous

    Power!! Please make one that we creative people can actually use for drawing and 3d graphics instead of these big laptop post its with no processors or graphic cards

  • Anonymous

    if i dont hear from dell around mid-august, i must and will order hp 2710p

    most of the specs are the same, and with bonus chemically strengthened glass.

    Even fujitsu T2010 is sounding every now and then.  what is up with dell?  i am a university of texas at austin student, and most of IT guys want dell, but have already ordered hp or fujitsu.

     

  • Anonymous

    WACOM WACOM WACOM!!!

    If this tablet doesn’t have a Wacom Penabled interface I am not buying it… Gateway made a horrible mistake when it decided to use Continuous Sensing Technology on their CX210X series. Also, please NO touch screen, those are a pain to work with. Active digitizer is the way to go 😉

    One more thing, MAKE IT AFFORDABLE!! Some of us don’t have $2,000 to spend on something that probs will be obsolete in a few years. Oh and HURRY!

  • Anonymous

    Oh I almost forgot… please, please, please have the option to add a webcam. Required if you want to blow away the competition!!

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me (DELL) that Vista is NOT the only option on this tablet.

    PLEASE DON’T MESS UP A GOOD THING! ! !

  • Anonymous

    To those who bad mouth Dell…

    Screw off, do you have any idea how difficult it is to engineer a laptop (not to mention a convertible)? Dell tries real hard to appeal to many different professions and I think that they have done an excellent job so far. Hats off Dell…

    As for the new tablet pc, WOW! I cannot wait another minute for this thing to come out! It looks fabulous – THIN IS IN!! You should definately include an internal DVD/RW drive though – is it possible to make it like that of the XPS M1330?? Those are very appealing. Also, try to make the screen 14″, you don’t see many tablets with screens that big now a days. Keep up the good work and remember to keep it thin and light!!

  • Anonymous

    I really hope you can choose a good PCI video card with it, and max out the CPU to whatever is the most powerful Dual core these days.

    It must use Wacom technology and have good pressure sensetivity. Allot of artist will want to get one to use with Zbrush, PhotoShop, Sketchbook pro, Mirage, Etc Etc….Thats what I’ll be doing with one

    As a bonus throw in Firewire 800, and a speedy hardrive

    Don’t let me down Dell…..I’ve been a loyal user for over 10 years now.

    and hurry up!!!!  I’m going to have to go with Gateway if you take too long

     

  • Anonymous

    You should make the Dell logo sign light up when the laptop is opened… like Apple MacBooks 🙂 That would be really cool!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got to admit that the specs leaking out have me concerned.  This is supposed to be a Santa Rosa based platform and they are trying to add an ATI video card to the system.  The problem with this is 1) Power draw, 2) Linux compatability.  A good onboard graphics solution is nice, however ATI has worthless drivers for Linux.  It also seems that the active digitizer does not currently have linux drivers, which is again unfortunate.  As I’d as soon pinata an XT laptop or buzz saw it if I have to use Windows and reboot every day, I’m going to consider this laptop a loser unless it has true open support.

  • Anonymous

    Raymond dude,

    The active digitizer not having linux support is ‘unfortunate’ while ATI graphics having problematic linux drivers makes it a loser? That doesn’t seem like a fair standard to me.

    Dell is a business like any other. They need to focus on the biggest slice of the market first. If the XT doesn’t suit your needs there will be other tablets that do. The lenovo x61t for example comes with the x3100 graphics core. But that certainly doesn’t make any laptop/tablet with ATI graphics a loser. To each their own dude..

    Peace..
     

  • Anonymous

    Any news on an ETA yet??? We’ve been waiting for months with no new updates!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes….. $$$ in hand.  Anxiously Awaiting!!!!!!!!!!  ETA?

  • Anonymous

    ETA = Estimated Time of Arrival

    I guess DELL’s spark of the XT is fading.. They are losing customers to all the other competitors out there.

    Moving forward, there’s only one assumption – There are problems with the XT and they are failing to put in on to the market.

    DELL –> The hype is dying, good luck.

    One more month and I will get a X61T. Life has to go on, Dell’s losing their own business opportunities.

  • Anonymous

    Among the goodies which could be associated with a tablet PC is an integrated note-taking program.  I heard about one (experimental) which integrates a sound recording of the lecture or seminar with the pen notes or pictures  that were taken.  One can then use the written notes to index into the audio for review or clarification.  This, to my mind, is the killer app for the tablet; if the new Dell has enough horsepower to provide such a thing, you’ve got my money.

     

    So i add my query to those of the rest–what is the ETA?

  • Anonymous

    I’m a sucker for good accessories.  I hope Dell will have a nice protective bump/field case for the new tablet.  I plan on using this out in the field and will want a lightweight, protective case that is not bulky.

  • Anonymous

    Guys,

       My Univ. classes start next week I can’t wait much longer otherwise I’ll have to go with the X61t as some have pointed out.

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Yep, I had hoped that the XT would have been designed with students in mind but it seems like Dell doesn’t mind missing the start of the semester. Most students have already bought their laptops. I want a tablet with Vista Home instead of Business.

  • Anonymous

    To echo others’ queries, any word on when this will be ready? Is there much chance it’ll support a non-Windows OS? Namely a Unix or Linux based system? Perhaps not, but just thought to ask…

  • Anonymous

    seems like Dell’s going to loose a lot of customers by not catching the back to school opportunity. We’re all waiting to give Dell our cash and nobody at Dell is even talking to us. Talk about customer service!

  • Anonymous

    is anyone at dell reading the messages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Finally a Tablet from Dell.  Now – Please Please put a high end NVidia video card in it.  Everything is 3D or video intensive, only the Toshiba Tecra (now DISCONTINUED) had a close to decent video card….. if it has an on board video card or one of those 128mb cards, even the “corporate” market won’t be able to use them, as everyone is building their apps 3D, animation, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Dell should at least give it’s customers some reason to wait, like release date,  options, pricing, etc.  The longer Dell waits the less customer loyalty this customer has as other options look more and more appealing.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s gonna be out soon!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s too late man.. That’s the price Dell will have to pay for over-promising, and under-delivering.

    There’s gonna be a huge IT fair in Singapore starting tomorrow..

    Dell has effectively lost one customer from tomorrow onwards.

  • Anonymous

    is Dell really coming out with a tablet pc? or is this vid a hoax?

  • Anonymous

    Release date information:

    http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/72472/Dell_tablet_info_Updated

    Don’t know how accurate it is though.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it’s a massive 3 month hoax on Dell’s official website.

  • Anonymous

    Alex, if that site is telling the truth (no active digitizer), then I’m not buying it.

  • Anonymous

    I really can’t sit around and wait for details any more. I’ve already started my semester and need a new notebook.

    What does Dell have to gain by keeping us in the dark? Give us specs and pricing info and a RELEASE DATE.

    If I don’t get some hard facts on this system I’ll have to take my business elsewhere (specifically Lenovo’s excellent x61 Tablet).
     

  • Anonymous

    I’d be willing to try the new tablet if it works with my D-series docing stations. Otherwise might as well go for Lenovo’s X61T.

  • Anonymous

    Guys,

    I had a Dell rep out here back in March of this year and she told me about the tablet and also at the time stated it wouldn’t be out until Oct/Nov. I’ll drop her an email to get the latest.

    Can’t wait …. Now just got to find a taker for my D410!

  • Anonymous

    I’d forgotten Tablet PC’s existed; I saw a commercial for one ages ago but nothing much since.  Then I saw the actors on “Eureka” using them on the show and my d’oh light went on.  I hope Dell’s will be cheaper than the rest but at least Dell offers monthly payment plans.  I’m hoping drawing on the tablet pc is faster/easier/smoother than using a separate WACOM slate? 

  • Anonymous

    First to the guy that was asking about a note-taking program, MS has had it out for years, it’s called OneNote.  I use it and it’s great. 

    I got a free copy of Vista Business and installed it on my tablet.  It ran like a pig anf there is some driver issues but the handwriting in Vista is way better than XP.  I was forced to go back to XP but have been saving up for a new tablet that can handle Vista well.

    Anyway,  I can’t wait any longer.  If nothing is announced by the end of the month, Lenovo here I come!

  • Anonymous

    I asked our corporate Dell Rep for a release date on these this morning and his response was:

     

    We are looking to first week of October, specific date should be known by end of week.  “

  • Anonymous

    Just to let you know. You’re not Apple, at least not yet. Keeping people completely in the dark as far as release dates made me go and buy the HP2710p, although it may not have the ATI chipset and the 5400RPM disk it is is not vaporware.

     This is probably part of the reasons why HPQ stock is UP >75% vs DELL DOWN >10% since Jan 2006. Get your act together guys.

     

    I have a 30 return policy on my HP, if you guys come out with something superb until then, you may have my business back. In the mean time I’ll HPQ will have both my consumer money and my investment capital.

  • Anonymous

    @ Mike…

    Let’s see if they can even get one system out before asking for a second one.

    GIVE US DETAILS OR GIVE ME LENOVO.
     

  • Anonymous

    I want my Dell tablet PC to be similar to the Gateway C-140X specifications:

    http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529666090.php 

    but have these optional choices:

    AMD Turion 64 X2 CPU, 2G or more RAM, no DVD drive for saving cost, weight and battery life because it is so easy and fast to transfer files from external devices through the high-speed ports these days, user replaceable hard disk, NVIDIA HD capable graphics, two type II PC card slot, WiMAX built-in if possible, Windows XP SP2. I also like the larger-type USB connector instead of the smaller-type.

  • Anonymous

     

    I want my Dell tablet PC to be similar to the Gateway C-140X specifications:

    http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529666090.php

     

    and have these optional choices:

    AMD Turion 64 X2 CPU, 2G or more RAM, no DVD drive for saving cost, weight and battery life because it is so easy and fast to transfer files from external devices through the high-speed ports these days, user replaceable hard disk, NVIDIA HD capable graphics, two type II PC card slot, WiMAX built-in if possible, Windows XP SP2. I also like the larger-type USB connector instead of the smaller-type.

     

  • Anonymous

    Just talked to my dell rep and it looks like a nov. – dec. release date didn’t get any hard specs though.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder dell will have features that match ASUS or other tablets. For example, a 2yr warranty free would be nice. Some security features and possible a different version of vista than just business.

  • Anonymous

    I just want a small (12 inch) and light (around 1kg) tablet that works well with Ubuntu. I hope Dell is planning on ensuring this tablet works well with Ubuntu. It seems like all of the other tablet PCs are focused on Vista.

  • Anonymous

    I few days ago, I had posted about wanting a UMPC from Dell. It seems that I have found the device that I was looking for and it is called HTC Shift. It is coming out soon and you can download a high resolution demo video from this web site: http://www.gottabemobile.com/TheHTCShift.aspx. It might take Dell a while to come out with a revolutionary game-changing device like this but I hope that they do because this is the next generation of mobile devices. Even if you are skeptical, download the video from the gottabemobile website and check it out because it is likely that one day, you will be owning a device in this form factor. Another nice device that is coming out is called Fujitsu U810 (called U1010 in other countries). You can watch it’s videos on YouTube by searching for Fujitsu U1010. I hope that Dell catches up soon.

  • Anonymous

    Our Dell Rep (that had previously told me first week of October) told me that the release date has been pushed back to Nov. 5th.

  • Anonymous

    Now… it’s a long time ago, this video was posted. I wonder when in will be released?

    By now i would buy the asus r1f, but if dell does a good job on this tablet… maybe i’ll buy a dell convertible tablet. The design of Dell’s tabelt doesn’t look realy good. i hope inside it will look better.

    does somebody know more about the releasdate? if i takes more than a month i would buy the asus one

  • Anonymous

    come on Dell … first september, then october, now nov-dec release date? at least throw us a bone and release some specs to make it worthwhile to wait …. getting a lenovo end of the month otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Received the release date for the XT last week from my Dell rep….

     

    October 16th….Woohooo

    More details to follow as soon as he’s allowed to give them to me.

  • Anonymous

    I am a Realtor and am ready to purchase a tablet p.c. to go as much toward paperless systems as possible.  My company has done the paperless office route about a year ago.  I need as much storage as possible and I am strongly considering the online storage servers also.  I like the 12 ” screen with a 15″ option.  I look forward to a durable writting screen and flat easy to use and read buttons, firm yet light casing and a FIRM DATE of product market entry.  Please pay close attention to the writting pen being secure when not in use.  A reasonablely priced 3 year warranty would exite me greatly!  I am planning on buying as soon as possible.  Hopefully way before the end of the year. 

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t wait for Dell anymore so I bought a Hp Compaq 2710P. Best decision ever…the thing totally rocks and i suggest that you all ditch dell and their lame tablet that’s never coming out.

  • Anonymous

    Hm the Asus one looks pretty good. Does it have an active digitizer?

  • Anonymous

    Needed to buy 20 tablets, could not wait any longer.

    Dell rep was not very helpful rather, went ahead and ordered Lenovo and Asus U1’s.

    I will probably never return to dell. 

  • Anonymous

    why a notebook rather than a desktop? – light (even for girls) and mobile (even for long time travel);

    why a convertable tablet PC rather than a notebook? – one can choose between comfortable sightsing and less spacial separation;  

    why a convertable tablet PC rather than a UMPC? – a larger display to view forms and a greater power to process data or to run large programs;

    why a new Dell tablet PC rather than other tablet PCs?- you’d better have some real attractions while still keeps those fundamental features. e.g., 3G, GPS, included DVD driver or camera…

     

     

     

  • Anonymous

    HOW MUCH LONGER???!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Atleast release a date so that we know how much longer to wait else am just gonna buy an HP or something!!

  • Anonymous

    OMG THIS IS A JOKE ALREADY…GIVE US DETAILS.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah…, at least throw a tidbit out, like a picture of the system, even if a release date can’t be given out yet.  Just something to hold us over the next week to couple weeks / months.  It’s already hurting some of the students who are hoping to get one of these XTs mid quarter and are trying to decide to wait out a bit longer or just bite the bullet and go with a HP 2710p or a Fujitsu T2010.

    Just tell us something…, really…, just about anything will do for now…

  • Anonymous

    Longing to its arrival…. tell us when???

  • Anonymous

    I AGREE! Give us a tiny bit of details! We’re all dying here! If this was real-life situation like the release date of XBOX 360. I’ll be the first few people  standing in line over 5 months.

  • Anonymous

    come on DELL man up already! …my quarter already started, and I can’t wait any longer than another week!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think they’re sacred, I think they’re scared.  Maybe they think they’re sacred, but they’re not sacred just loyal costumers with their tight lips.

    “Pooh, Pooh Dell” I say.

     

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dell this is what I’m buying if I don’t get any info on your product.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2186549,00.asp

    Thanks! 

  • Anonymous

    Won’t if be just funny if dell ends up releasing tablet that is inferior to the competition and has the same price as their competition. I think they can’t set their tablet apart from everyone else so they know if they release it now, it will be crushed. The specs they have already released are not at al different from their competitors. Dell is sacred.

  • Anonymous

    I can wait til the last week of Oct before I have to have a new tablet (off to an overseas assignment for two months after that).  Not thrilled with the prospect, but looks like I’ll have to go the HP route too.

  • Anonymous

    One laptop down this month, come one Dell, give us another one!

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t understand the harm in just letting us in on some official specs, or a release date or at least a date to expect more details.

     HP Compaq 2710P Tablet FTW!!!!1!!111!!
     

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with several other commenters.  If I don’t at least get a solid release date and some official specs soon I’m going to have to go with a competitor.  I’ve been happy enough with all of my previous Dell laptops to want to stick with the brand, but my loyalty sure isn’t blind, and my MTV-generation attention span is being sorely taxed.  The market is full of acceptable alternatives.

  • Anonymous

    Dell….. come on! I purchase notebooks for a 4000+ employee company. We currently use the latitude line of notebooks. Our line of business requires that we start seeking a tablet PC. We’ve invested millions in docking stations and dell accessories…. we want to stick with dell, but unless a tablet is released soon…or atleast some information and a ‘real’ date is given that I can take to the board, IBM X61… here we come.

  • Anonymous

    when can we buy it? october 9th or later on the FRENCH website. i hope soon (quand pourra-t-on l’acheter? le 9 octobre ou plus tard, j’entend sur le site français de dell. j’espère bientô)t

  • Anonymous

    Looks to me like they gave a tentative release date quite a while ago, and have seemed to have stuck by it if you can believe the guy that said Oct. 16th. You guys are just going to have to wait.

    The one thing I would like to know is the price point. The X60/X61 is $1500ish, so if the XT is above that I’m out…

     They have to work out the ability to ship large numbers of systems from the finished engineering specs. I’m guessing this takes some time to do. Ok, I’m not guessing, but believe me it does.

    I’m guessing there was no way to get them out in time for the fall semester, or they would have. It’s good for the students next year as the product will have been out for a while, and may have a lot of the bugs worked out.

    Dell was also probably waiting for the supply of the latest Intel chip to hit numbers they would need, and also for the release of SP1 for Vista.

    Just take a deep breath and decide if you think the innovations Dell may provide are worth it for you to wait for it.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not a Wacom digitizer, it’s a capacitive touch screen made by N-Trig. Sorry Dell, HP went the right way with the Wacom screen, they will receive my money.

  • Anonymous

    this thing better be awesome. i cant stand waiting and having these dates pushed back. if it comes out and sucks, i will never buy from dell again. im already disappointed with their current laptop dilemas, and there customer service.  still not sure why i am waiting

  • Anonymous

    Awww, they say Q3…can’t you just give us a real and final date, some update?

  • Anonymous

    The Fujitsu T2010 is also very nice.
    In my opinion, at the same caliber of the HP Compaq 2710p.

  • Anonymous

    I was waiting for this tablet to release but ran across a great deal on the Lenovo T61 yesterday that I could not pass up. It doesn’t ship until the 20th so if dell releases this thing before then I can still jump on it if it’s worth it. Lenovo’s are currently 20% off with coupon until Thursday (10/4/07)

  • Anonymous

    My suggestion to those sick of how Dell is treating those in this forum is to check out:

    Lenovo X61t

    HP Compaq 2710p
     

    The HP is really nice…plus as an added bonus…it ACTUALLY EXISTS! 

  • Anonymous

    You guys might also want to consider the ASUS R1F, or if you’re waiting anyways, the R1E which was announced in August, which is an upgrade to the R1F, Santa Rosa platform I think. No release date yet.

  • Anonymous

    Like everybody else, I’m completely fed-up with this.

     

    If Dell are actually going to release a Table, then lets have some details: a release date would be good!

     

    Otherwise, like everyone else I’ll be spending my money with HP, Lenovo or Fujitsu.  These are companies who actually produce kit you can buy.

     

    If you start a marketing campaign in May (as you did) then you can’t just forget all about it for 6 months and then expect people to buy.   I’ll probably NOT buy Dell now as a matter of pricnciple….

  • Anonymous

    I commented back on this blog in July. I ended up going with the HP 2710 and have never looked back. I love the HP and highly recommend it. I was just sitting on the couch with my wireless watching a little TV while surfing the net.  My room mate was doing the same on his Dell laptop. He was actually looking for a customer support number.That made me go back to this site to see if the Dell tablet had been released. I can’t believe there are still people waiting for this Tablet. I hope for the sake of all you waiting its worth it. My recommendation is go to HP and get a 2710.

  • Anonymous

    just got me a lenovo x61 tablet … can’t wait to get it! should have gotten it a month ago and not waited to the latitude xt ! ah well.

  • Anonymous

    Tomorrow is October 9th. Who thinks we will hear anything new as predicted by some?

  • Anonymous

    144 days with no new information on the Latitude XT.

  • Anonymous

    Well, there was an October 16th release date mentioned by a Dell rep way above… but then again…, there was a November release date mentioned too.

    I for one, am not holding my hopes up for more information today…, but who knows?  Maybe Dell can pleasantly surprise me and prove me wrong.
     

  • Anonymous

    Today’s as good as any to announce…it’s sort of rude to keep customers second-guessing. How many sales has Dell lost this month because of customers who couldn’t keep waiting for a product vaguely due out in “Q3”? Heck, even if they just gave me a firm release date today I’d be happy.

  • Anonymous

    save yourself the trouble and get an HP. As I’ve mentioned before, all you  need to do is look at the Stock prices of both companies… Dell has been on longest decline ever while HP is up up up!

     

    Sorry M. Dell, you keep loosing the ball man! 

  • Anonymous

    In some interesting news, the Latitude uses N-Trig as its digitizer technology for both pen and touch input.  The only other company who had committed to bringing a product using N-Trig’s technology was Motion Computing for their LE1700 WriteTouch Slate Tablet Notebook.

    Motion Computing came out and said today that they have DROPPED the LE1700 WriteTouch due to technical issues and supply issues.

    GottaBeMobile Article
     

    Though it hints only at manufacturing/supply issues, there is a bit of worry about the technical aspects of this type of dual mode digitizers that required so much work to perfect.

     Either way, this news pretty much tells us these things have issues (either technical ones or supply ones) and are probably going to push our Latitude XTs out even further.  Who knows…, we might be lucky to get it by December now.
     

  • Anonymous

    Well that does it for me. I needed this thing in August and can’t wait anymore, especially now that we have to deal with the standard Dell technical and supply issues.

    I’ve always loved Dell, but these recent problems are too much. My girlfriend ordered a 1520 in July didn’t receive it until September (after several delays) and then had to return it because of problems. To add insult to injury she had to return the replacement because of problems. (CPU kept jumping to 100%, even when not in use.) She finally changed her order to an XPS 1330, but had to return that one because of ANOTHER technical issue (when the DVD drive read a disc the screen would start to flicker) She’s now waiting for her FOURTH computer.

    I’m ordering the HP Compaq 2710p and will report back here with a mini-review.
     

     

  • Anonymous

    I’m finding refurbed lenovo X61’s for as low as $1100.00 on the lenovo site.

    For my time frame, I’m going to have to go with the X61, not even counting the fact that the Dell is entirely unproven. I can’t trust my school work to an unproven product. I sure was hoping it would be here by now and would sweep me off my feet, but Dell’s window of opportunity has passed by for me.

    I hope the best for the rest of you and for the XT, though.

  • Anonymous

    ***UPDATE FROM MY DELL REP*** 

     

    There has been some delays on the launch of this product due to some component shortages affecting laptops.

     

    the launch date is now the 6th November.

    with first orders shipping 10th Dec.

  • Anonymous
    My IT guy talked to 2 Dell reps on 9 October. Both said release not until DECEMBER, with one saying end of December. They were asked but did not supply specs.
  • Anonymous

    145 days and no new info on the Latitude XT.

     

    P.S. $500 dollars off the HP Compaq 2710p until Oct. 31 on the HP website. 

  • Anonymous

    Ick…so December 10th shipdate-maybe??? Ucky… it’s rude that Dell just teases us this way, uncontrollable delays or not. Fess up and give us a new, official date. I’ve been without a PC for almost 2 months now after my Electrovaya tablet pc’s motherboard died (a week out of warranty- and was quoted @$1000 just for a new mb) and it’s not fun. You tell us “quarter 3”, show us some mysterious ads…then nothing? I get it, delays happen and Dell can’t do anything about it. At least keep your (potential) customers informed! Come out, post the status, the specs, and give us the new date. Don’t keep us in limbo.

  • Anonymous

    like anyone else here, i’m too waiting for any news on the xt.

    it’s a very strange marketing strategy with theese 3 internet clips.
    we will see how good their tablet really is …

    but for now i think the hp 2710p is the best buy.
     

  • Anonymous

    Come on… pretty please just say something.  Heck I don’t care if you say it wont be out until February, as long as you give some kind of update and date you can stick with.  Been waiting on this thing since the beginning of 2007.  Everyday log onto Engadget to see if they peeped something or dell announces something.  But nothing.  Are we gonna be able to get it for Christmas ?  Sounds doubtful at this point I guess. The search continues. 

  • Anonymous

    I posted earlier up in the BLOG. Our company works in conjunction with FEMA, and we are exclusive to dell and a 4,000+ company with over 10000 workstations. It looks as if we’re switching to X61s. Dell will not even reply to my our our posts here. I love how the site name ‘direct2dell’ is so fitting. Glad it’s not ‘direct from dell’.

  • Anonymous

    Good news for some of you guys!

    It’s not a Latitude XT release date, but it’s something to hold us over for a bit!

    Pictures of the XT! 

     

    Full GottaBeMobile article can be read here.
     

  • Anonymous

    So I’ve found some more details for everyone else who has been waiting.  Unfortunately, the information I’ve found basically deflates any intention I had of purchasing this laptop.  But I’ll hold out a tad longer to see what it is really like.

    RELEASE SPECULATION: NOV 5/6

    SHIP SPECULATION: DEC 10 

    My sources:

    http://www.studenttabletpc.com/2007/08/dells_latitude_xt.html

    http://www.electronista.com/articles/07/10/11/dell.latitude.release.info/

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4179&PN=2&SID=7zb14zb9a4a784e69f1f9d58a6ddd265  

    It looks like the really unsatisfying aspect is that Dell is going to go with the ATI Xpress 1250 chipset for this laptop.  Originally I had anticipated this being a GM965 based chipset, and I trust Intel chipsets (I have no experience with ATI chipsets).  Of note, the ATI chipset does not support dual channel memory whereas GM965 does.

    The LED backlight is nice, however other laptops have this feature too.  It seems we must make a choice between LED backlight or outdoor viewable (I’m not sure you can get and eat your cake between these options).

    Research:

    ATI Information:

    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3072&p=1  

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_ATI_Graphics_Processing_Units

    Intel Information:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA

    http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/GM965/index.htm

    So hopefully this well help people make some decisions since Dell is refusing to connect 2 the community.

  • Anonymous
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  • Anonymous

    Wow that looks ugly! And the specs are kind of pathetic too. So many months wait for this?! Comon Dell, you could do better than that!

  • Anonymous

    The specs are pretty standard among tablets of this size and weight.
    Just look at the HP 2070p or Fujitsu T2010’s specs.
    Nothing extradonary, but by no means bad against competing products.
    I have to admit though, it’s pretty ugly. I was hoping it would look a bit more like the rest of the Latitude line.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Dell has some pretty cool notebooks out, the XPS line probably has the best looking laptops out there, the latitudes are pretty sophisticed/clean looking, even the regular Inspirons are visually appealing. This Dell Tablet looks horrible.

     HP has had four great looking tablets, each with decent/above average specs. Fujitisu, Lenovo, Acer even Gateway for Godsake has a gotten into the tablet PC market, each catering to different needs. The one thing they have in common, they all are visually, and physically appealing. The laptop I saw in the recent photo update has confirmed my developing fear that the Dell Tablet will be a flop. This confirms it. Speaking to my Dell Rep a few weeks ago, I was assured a refreshing device, that would far surpass any of my expectations. It fell just short of devistating my expectations of Dell as a company.

     Mr Dell, whom I have seen at several different seminars/conferences, has always spoken about advances in technology, inferface, and reliability you missed the ball on this notebook. I put off purchasing  tablet PCs for several months, I even returned a Samsung Q!U (which was less than my expectations) for this peice of junk. I manage all computer related purchases for a $100 million manufacturing company in anticipation of a great Computing stride with this new notebook. From what I can see, it is just another run of the mill tablet, lacking any style or advanced feature which would put it ahead of the pack.

    HP just won my money, and my company’s money for thier 2710.

    Good Luck, and Good Day!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know what the right price for this product should be?  Does anyone know?

  • Anonymous

    First, I don’t understand all this “ugly” talk about the Dell.  I think it looks quite nice actually.  Second, we don’t know enough about the specs to really know how its going to compare with the competition.  But remember, there are only two makers of the chip sets that everyone is using: Intel and AMD/ATi.  Fundamentally, all 12.1″ systems in the 3-5 pound range are going to have similar battery life, performance numbers, and base price.  There just aren’t any other wells to draw water from.

     So, how can Dell compete?  That depends on all the stuff that we don’t know and how they price the extras.

    Weight and size.  They appear to have minimized the weight and maybe shaved a little off thickness by removing the dvd from the notebook and putting it in the port replicator.  This might bite them in price though.

    Performance.  They’ve used a new chipset we haven’t seen before (as far as I know).  Will this speed up graphics a little bit?  One hopes.

    Hard Drive.  Will they give us good hard drive choices?  Many of the competitors do stupid things here, like only offering 4500rpm drives and not offering high capacity 7200 rpm drives (like a Travelstar 7K200).  Of if they do, they overcharge by hundreds(!) of dollars for them.

    Memory.  Laptop memory is cheap.  You can buy a pair of 2GB modules for well under $200.  There’s no excuse for Dell to charge $700 or Gateway to charge $800 for them.  Make 3 GB the base configuration and don’t overcharge for it.

    Screen.  Here’s where Dell appears to be putting in the effort to differentiate themselves.  Let’s hope the outdoor viewing option turns out to be best in class.  The esoteric choice of pen technology (N-Trig) seems like a real risk over choosing Wacom.  It has to be better than Wacom to gain acceptance.  Even if it is as good as Wacom, Wacom has such market acceptance, that many people would be reluctant to choose something different.  Allegedly, this new technology is capable of multi-touch a la iphone, but that functionality won’t be in the initial software, so that won’t be an immediate differentiator.

    Battery Life. The extended battery that covers the whole bottom of the unit has some good potential.  Most extended batteries result in ugly awkward heavy warts on the side of the tablet.  This might give you a really long battery life while keeping the tablet reasonably shaped and balanced.

    Operating System. I’ve noticed some tablet vendors only offer one flavor of Vista.  Dell should offer the full line, including 64-bit (very few seem to be offering 64-bit OS on the tablets).

     On the other hand, Dell could be making a series of stupid blunders that really cripple the device.  They might overprice the port replicator, memory and harddrive.  Have only one DIMM slot, offer only 4500RPM hard drives.  N-Trig might be a disaster.  Graphics performance might be no better than a Gateway C-120X.  Battery life might be a disaster.

     The lack of review units might be because there are real problems they don’t want publicised yet.  Or it could be that because of the uncertainty of release dates, they don’t want to tip their hand to their competitors of how great the tablet really is any sooner than necessary.  We’ll see.

     

  • Anonymous

    Is the Latitude XT going to replace the D430?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been pretty deep in research on the recent tablets, and It looks to me like no one is even coming close to the ROI of the Lenovo’s. I’m processing my employee purchase paperwork right now, and, to tell you the truth, at between $1500-2000 for the lattitude, it wouldn’t have mattered if Dell had made their release dates, I still would have gone with the lenovo. The HP 2710 looks like the dell was cloned from it. In almost every category the Lenovo has higher specs.

      
    Processor[1]
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo L7500 LV (1.6GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
       
    Operating system[12]
    Genuine Windows Vista Business   

    Display
    12.1″ SuperView WVA SXGA+ TFT, 2×3 UltraConnect II antenna
       
    Total memory[8]
    1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM)

    Hard Drive[4]
    80GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
       
    Wireless cards[10]
    Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
       
    Battery[60]
    ThinkPad X60 Tablet 8 Cell Li-Ion Battery   
       
    Wireless WAN[65]

  • Anonymous

    I was at an IT expo on Tuesday the 9th and actually touched one!  It has a 12.1 inch screen, and will be released in December acording to the Dell rep.  I was awed at it when I walked up to the boot and saw a Dell tablet.

  • Anonymous

    Are you sure bout the SXGA+ bit on the Lenovo?  The specs list that as an option, but when you go to Customize, it says XGA with no upgrade option.  Oh, x60 has SXGA+ though (but no Vista Ultimate).  Is that the one you ordered?

    There are two things that turn me off the Lenovo.  First, it isn’t wide screen.  I like wide screen.  Second, it doesn’t have a touch pad.  I’ve tried but never been coordinated enough to use the little eraserhead thing in the middle of the keyboard.

  • Anonymous

    I just received an X61 with SXGA+ screen after watching this thread for months.  There is no reason not to go with the system especially with its comparable price.  The Lenovo’s standard (not wide) screen with the SXGA+ screen gives more real estate then WXGA of the dell, so there’s really no argument against it.  And the eraserhead is far superior to the touchpad… a lot less strain on the hand, just takes some getting use to.

     The X61 is indeed offered with the SXGA+ screen again, checkout the site.

  • Anonymous

    OK, I see why I was confused now.  If you choose the 1.8GHz processor, you loose the SXGA+ option.  That seems kinda odd.

  • Anonymous

    hey guys…I also got my lenovo x61 tablet as stated earlier….I was worried about the screen real estate, I only got the wva xga 1024×768 touchscreen …I got it 2 days ago, and I’m already used to the smaller screen with less real estate (from my 14″ widescreen) … it’s all about what you plan to use it for … I plan to use it as a note-taking tool in class and for learning from ppts …. no games or anything…so it’s perfect for me…. I love this thing! it’s quiet and doesn’t heat up … and the speaker placement is genius! (the put it under the unit, so it reverbrates on a desk and you feel like you’re hearing it from somewhere else!)

  • Anonymous

    how much did it cost you lenny?

  • Anonymous

    That settles it…. Now I can go buy the HP.   I want a dock.   I want it now!!!

  • Anonymous

    Just met with our Dell rep about some other things, and I asked when we’d be able to get some Latitude XTs.  Our rep said the plan is now to start shipping in early December.  Since this was mentioned earlier in the comments, it seems pretty reliable (for the moment). 

    Peripheral commonality with the Latitude D-Series, but no dock support.  At a later date there will be an E-Series tablet, which will support E-Series peripherals, including docking stations.  So you’ll actually be able to use it as a corporate laptop replacement (which should be a no-brainer). 

    Also, the XT will be Vista-only for the first several months, and presumably XP support will happen after that.

  • Anonymous

    My understanding is that it does have a doc, just not the same doc as the Latitude D-Series.

  • Anonymous

    My understanding is that the Latitutde XT does have a dock, but it is not the same one as the rest of the Latitude D-series uses.

  • Anonymous

    cost me 1650 shipped …and I absolutely love it! highly recommend

  • Anonymous

    Bye Bye Dell.

    I have waited too long and the comment that the XT will ony have Vista initially seals the deal, I have to have XP for my programs to work with my sharegroup. (I am am not interested in paying more to add it later)

    I need a tablet now so I can write holiday orders in the field.  I have had Dell’s since the begining, this will be my first non-Dell.

  • Anonymous

    In case someone from Dell actually monitors this board, please publish some official specs.  I’m wanting to buy myself a tablet for Christmas, which means I need to buy soon.  I’ve been putting it off in case the Dell is to my liking, but that is getting harder and harder to do.  Especially since Gateway just cut the price $150 (perhaps in anticipation of the release of the Latitutude XT?).  One thing I want to know in particular is the physical size and interface of the hard drive.  One of the leaks said 80GB max, which suggests its a 1.8″ hard drive.  If that’s the case, I’ll be buying the Gateway.  I also want to see benchmark numbers.  At least give us a Windows Experience Index screen shot.  Finally, does it have firewire?  The earlier leaks listed firewire, but the later leaks do not.  Give me something please.  I’m daily going to the Gateway site, configuring up a tablet to check for price changes and struggling to resist pullying the trigger and buying one.  I’m willing to wait till even after Christmas if I like he specs, but I’m going to buy the Gateway before too long if you continue to be silent.

  • Anonymous

    Lenny, how did you get it already???

  • Anonymous

    For Jennifer,

    Lenny has got the Lenovo x61 not Dell.

  • Anonymous

    It’s been cancelled!

  • Anonymous

    What’s been cancelled?

  • Anonymous

    No it hasn’t been canceled. It might as well be though.
     

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/CheckoutTheDellTabletPCAtPurdueUniversity.aspx

    Dell is actually showing it off to a bunch of professors at Purdue. Heaven forbid they actually tell us about it… 

  • Anonymous

    Cancelled?  I guss I will get the lenovo x61

  • Anonymous

    > Dell is actually showing it off to a bunch of professors at
    > Purdue. Heaven forbid they actually tell us about it… 

    That’s because they aren’t interested in selling it to you.  It’s targeted to Education, Medical, and Government.  Unless you’re with one of those institutions and planning to order them by the hundreds, you might not even be able to buy one when (and if) it does come out.

    Remember also, Motion, also using the n-trig technology, cancelled their slate because of supply issues.  There’s little chance this thing is going to ship this year.  Maybe in time for next school year.

  • Anonymous

    DELL, Release this nice device !

  • Anonymous

    The natives are getting restless. 🙂  Just four more days till the rumored available-for-order day.  It’s going to be a long four days. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The Dell is just 1 inch thick! (2,6 cm)

    I used the dimension of the RJ-45 Ethernet Port and reflected it to the complete notebook!

  • Anonymous

    I actually saw one at EDUCAUSE last week and there are some nice features.  The extra battery and DVD dock are very nice and the screen responds to touch if the digitizer is out of range.  For the use of a tablet, I would think that evaluating this machine would be worth the wait.

  • Anonymous

    So is it Nov. 5 or Dec. 11??  On this site the new news was Dec. 11.

    http://technorati.com/tag/Dell%20Tablet%20PC

  • Anonymous

    Got a buddy who works in Dell support.  He was learning the ropes on this baby yesterday, had one in his hand.  Said it was to be released Monday November 5th.

  • Anonymous

    Your link isn’t working, but I thought the rumor was they would start taking orders on Nov 5 and start shipping on Dec. 11.  Or maybe that was wishful thinking on my part.  If they don’t start taking orders Nov 5, than that means they’ve lost Christmas, but as someone pointed out, maybe they don’t care because they aren’t marketing this to consumers.  Experience says that you are probably right though.  As recently as last week, they were still insisting on NDA’s to show it off to teachers and Purdue, so they probably aren’t days from release.

     I’d be willing to wait for this thing if I knew the specs were what I wanted.  I just don’t want to wait till Spring, only to end up ordering a Gateway c-120X anyway.

  • Anonymous

    It is the 5th November now!

    Go Dell!

  • Anonymous

    Is there any new news regarding a release date?  My company is pushing digital signing and tablets are perfect for Hospital POS solutions.  We have several customers who prefer Dell so wondering about a release date?

  • Anonymous

    What? Are you all surprised? They haven’t said anything about this system in almost one year. Who knows if any of the specs we’ve heard about are legit?

  • Anonymous

    Tell us a date, Dell ! Please!

  • Anonymous

    I bought the Fujitsu ST5112 I have waited long enough.  

  • Anonymous

    I hope you’re right Craig, but it isn’t on the site yet (7:46am eastern give or take a daylight savings hour).  Gateway stopped offering the 1.2GHz version of their’s this weekend, so I have no choice but to wait now.  I wonder if Dell bought up all the 1.2GHz parts?

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling that Dell is just stringing the consumers along. It has been pushed back multiple times with scant details about the computer. It could very well be another vapourware in the making. The fujitsu t2010 is looking so tempting at the moment. With christmas around the corner, people are willing to buy. Hell of a way to lose customers by not meeting datelines.

  • Anonymous

    The desire for a tablet PC has been present since spring.  After watching, waiting, checking the Web sites and blogs and waiting some more, it is time to stop this delaying without gratification.  For Dell, no news is worse than bad news.  Fortunately the time has been used to identify what I think is the best tablet currently on the market for me. 

    Thank you to the above entries for your input!  It’s time to buy a tablet PC!!

  • Anonymous

    Any news yet?

  • Anonymous

    Today was my breaking point! i had enough of being abused by a company which as it is has lousy support and now they playing with our nerves too!

    Let’s lower their ego! who needs them? ibm has a 1.8ghz core 2 duo versus their 1.2 

    Purchased the x61t just before.

     

  • Anonymous

    this is not coming out today

    tomorrow or dec?

  • Anonymous

    Release this Tablet, Dell! I thought you will release it today !?

  • Anonymous

    “Is there any new news regarding a release date? My company is pushing digital signing and tablets are perfect for Hospital POS solutions. We have several customers who prefer Dell so wondering about a release date?”


    For POS solutions this should be a good machine, because so far it is just a non-existent POS.
  • Anonymous

    The unit has obviously been delayed with either technical or supply issues. Dell knows that if they told us that the unit has been delayed for x number of months that we would all go buy from other companies. Instead, they don’t tell us anything and let us think that the unit will be released at any moment, stopping us from buying other units. I don’t like dishonest companies…I’m going elsewhere.

  • Anonymous
    Dell,
    You’re not Apple and your stock blows in comparison to HPQ.
    Moreover, I am willing to bet money that Apple will release a superior Tablet earlier than you. Do you see the pattern here? Those who can do it don’t have to “saw” others in half.

    Cheers.
  • Anonymous

    Well I tried very hard to wait for this tablet, but when the much-heralded Nov. 5 came and went without so much as a word from Dell, I took my money to Gateway and bought the C-120X.  If this is the way Dell chooses to treat its customers, I might never come back.

  • Anonymous

    Just got an email from my Account Manager and now been put back to December … I won’t hold my breath! Becoming a bit of a farce this, Dell sort your act out!

  • Anonymous

    I also went the the Fujitsu for 2 new employees I had 4 already in our office — great units.

     

  • Anonymous

    yes, dell has delayed it.

    they just don’t want us to buy the T2010 from Fujitsu! Unfortunately I can’t order the Fujitsu, because I live in Germany!

    I am waiting for Dell!

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, I must admit that I’m glad Dell’s not sacrificing quality to get this out sooner. Unfortunately, as the previous posts clearly show, taking too long is certainly losing them customers.

    Myself, I’m pretty much stuck with Dell. The only thing I really want in my convertible laptop is the active/passive input, i.e. touchscreen and an actively recognized stylus. Now so far as I’ve been able to determine (and please correct me if I’m wrong here) the only such options are: Gateway, Lenovo, and Dell.

    Ideally, I’d like a DVD drive in it, which makes Gateway my weapon of choice, but I guess they’re biased against us Canucks or something, because not only can I not get a Gateway shipped here (despite Gateway having a manufacturing plant IN Canada), but they wouldn’t even accept my credit card’s billing address!

    As for Lenovo, I took a look at their site, and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking at. Seriously, I’m not sure what I would have gotten if I’d placed my order with them. (Their site didn’t play too well with FF, but using IE didn’t help that much, although it displayed a touch better). The layout was bad enough that I won’t place an order with them lest I get something completely different from what I’m looking for.

    So that leaves Dell. And while they’ve got their problems, such as a release date somewhere between the launch of Spore and Duke Nukem Forever (Oh god I hope that’s an exaggeration), they’ve certainly got this customer service thing figured out at least to the point of being better than the rest (in my opinion). Which may not count for much to some people, and it may not be good enough for some others, but in my case, it’s made all the difference… Assuming, of course, that no one else releases an active/passive digitizer before Dell actually releases this thing. Which doesn’t seem to be guaranteed quite yet.

    Just figured I’d throw my two cents out there.

    Sincerely, 

    Steve 

  • Anonymous

    Well, let’s start the pool…

     

    I have my money on apple getting past vaporware first… 

  • Anonymous

    I ordered 46 new tablets today as my users want to start the winter semester with their new machines and I could see that Dell was not going to happen.  I let them vote and they voted M400.  Toshiba says they will deliver by Thanksgiving!  I’ll have happy people.

  • Anonymous

    Patricks your post is so true. Sad, really dell had to go that low to sell vapor ware. 

    Patricks said:

    Dell, 
       You’re not Apple and your stock blows in comparison to HPQ.
    Moreover, I am willing to bet money that Apple will release a superior Tablet earlier than you. Do you see the pattern here? Those who can do it don’t have to “saw” others in half.
  • Anonymous

    I am currently visiting Dell’s Austin headquarters and actually got to play with the new tablet.  It’s very light, has many intuitive features, built-in biometrics security, and a battery option that will hold a 9-hour charge.  Release date: just before mid-December

  • Anonymous

    Dell User, did you happen to notice what form factor hard drive it had (2.5″ or 1.8″)?  Do you know anything about Photoshop compatibility (non-WACOMs are notorious for not giving photoshop pressure data).  What was the inking experience like?  Any vectoring (aka palm rejection) problems?

  • Anonymous

    Cool News Dell User!

    I will wait till december 🙂

    How much will it be?

  • Anonymous

    No offense but why should we believe anyone who says anything in regards to the specs or a release date? Everyone who offered a release date
    supposedly from the mouth of a dell rep. has been wrong.

     FESS UP DELL WHY THE DELAY?
     

  • Anonymous

    Apple has no Vista. That will be their problem! The handwriting recognition from Windows Vista is much better!

    The Toshiba M400 is nearly 4 cm thick – It must be a bother working in an university with it. I’ll wait for the XT till the 1st december. If I can’t order it in the EU at this time, I will buy the Fujitsu T2010 or the Asus r1f.

  • Anonymous

    Got the Lenovo X61T a couple weeks back after delaying for long enough waiting for some word from Dell.  First tablet I’ve ever had and I love it.  It’s light, lasts a long time on a charge, and the handwriting recognition is really amazing, I didn’t realize it would work so well.  My Dell E510 desktop with 24″ Dell monitor, 9300 Dimension 17″ laptop and dell 32″ LCD TV were disappointed another Dell wouldn’t be joining the family, but I really needed this to be in my hands before the end of November.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff,  I was able to play with it some today too and it has a 1.8″ drive.  It is very similar to the D430.  It has the option for a solid state drive also. 

  • Anonymous

    In case the Dell people haven’t noticed yet. We want the tablet to run Linux. My preference is Ubuntu.

  • Anonymous

    Two arguments:

    1) One of the posts up above mentioned Nov. 5 or Dec. 11, and neither has been confirmed, so Dec. 11 can still be a possibility.

    2) I agree that “no news is bad news”, and Dell needs to start marketing this puppy.  However, I have always liked Dell’s support.  I only manage about 10 computers (7 Dell, 2 HP, & 1 Custom), and Dell has the best support.  I think Dell has lost customers by delaying for a long time after a planned leak, but it is an acceptable loss.  You must remember Dell is a business, and most business’ goal is to make money.

     Personally, I have no timeline for a new tablet, so I’m waiting.  Plus, I know everyone has mentioned a few good ones, but I just haven’t been impressed by them.

  • Anonymous

    1.8″ drives are unfortunate.  That’s a deal killer for me.  They are too slow and too small capacity.  Between that and the unproven n-trig technology, I guess I’ll go with the Gateway C-120X (or one of its pro.mpccorp.com versions so I can get the 1.2GHz cpu).  To bad.  I really like the looks of the Dell and had such high hopes for it.

  • Anonymous

    Dell Guy,

     Why not give some more info if you were able to play with it some (how was the N-Trig, etc…), details seem kinda sparse unless you are under some type of NDA.

  • Anonymous

    OUCH! 1.8″ drive, 4200RPM, it’s painfully slow! Dell keeps repeating Lenovo’s mistakes with X41 Tablet. X60/X61 now have 2.5″ drives. So I guess XT will be usable only with fast SSD, but one will have to shell out big bucks….

  • Anonymous

    NiTrig seemed pretty usable.  It’s the first tablet I’ve used to so I don’t have much to compare it to. 

    It comes with the option of a WWAN card which uses an external antenna. 

  • Anonymous

    does it have an express card slot, so I can go in the internet with UMTS/HSDPA?

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter to me anymore.  Between the unproven n-trig technology and the 1.8″ hard drive, I decided to buy myself a gateway c-120x.  I ordered it friday afternoon.  It’s the first time i’ve ever bought a non-dell notebook.  Wish me luck.

  • Anonymous

    My source also tells me Dec 11, I just hope I’ll have it in my hands before the spring semester starts. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow there is still people posting on this thread. I’m sure most of these “I will wait posts” are dell authored. People who have moved on and bought other tablet pc’s got the right idea.

    It is silly to wait it out when there are some awesome tablet pc’s out there. Plus it is not fair to you the consumer to get pushed around like this and left in the dark. If they do it on vapor ware what makes you think they are doing it on other levels. Anyways I’m just a disappointed customer looking for others who feel the same. I just got my Fujitsu ST5112, it is an artist’s dream. 

  • Anonymous

    It is sassiness that Dell does not give any information on that! I have to decide till december, which tablet-pc to buy!

  • Anonymous

    Information from Dell support in Germany today:

    Next week they will publish Data online. Release will be the last week in November. will see

  • Anonymous

    Dell rep. told me that they will be releasing information Next Tuesday November 20th.

  • Anonymous

    Looking for a a PC – A lot of people state what they are buying instead of the Dell. No one ever mentions the HP 2710 as an alternate. Why??

  • Anonymous

    We’ll just have to wait and see but it looks like Gottabemobile has info showing it won’t be out for a FEW MONTHS.

     http://www.gottabemobile.com/DellTabletPCQuotinAFewMonthsquot.aspx

    PATHETIC
     

  • Anonymous

    According to this article, it will be released “in a few months”!

     

    http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9817295-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

  • Anonymous

    This goes out to all those impatient fanbois who just can’t wait…

    It’s got MULTI-TOUCH!!!

     Can you say SURFACE?  Enjoy your x61 and HP 2710 ladies!

    Go to the Michael Dell keynote, 16:15 minute mark of the full video (not the highlights portion)

     Personally, I think the Asus R1E is the best Tablet out at the moment.  Multi-Touch changes everything, especially once apps are designed around it.  Got to get it out there for that to happen though, and N-Trig appears to be the only way that was gonna happen I guess.

    Enjoy!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    My reason is that the 2710 also uses 1.8″ hard drives.  Yuck.

     The latest rumor, by he way, is that the XT has multitouch a la iPod.  Checkout engadget or gottabemobile.

  • Anonymous

    Some info from GottaBeMobile.com & Engadget

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/DellsLatitudeXTUmmmMulittouch.aspx

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/DellTabletPCQuotinAFewMonthsquot.aspx

    GottabeMobile is saying that the Dell will be shipping in a few months 

     

     

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/14/dells-latitude-xt-and-xps-one-make-first-public-appearance/
    Dell fans, we’ve got
    some juicy meat for you to sink your teeth into. During Michael Dell’s
    keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld today, the company unleashed (or at
    least demoed) its forthcoming all-in-one PC, creatively named the XPS One.
    Of course, we’ve been hearing rumblings about the One for some time
    now, but Dell also whipped out its sparkly new Latitude XT tablet,
    which should please all the Gatesian types out there who think TPCs are
    the future. But wait — there’s more! The new Latitude isn’t just some
    plain-jane scratchpad. Besides being the thinnest in its 12.1-inch,
    convertible category, and having a screen which is 25-percent brighter
    than the competition… it’s multi-touch. At the keynote, the Dell
    folks demonstrated a multiple-finger paint program, which lets you draw
    five simultaneous lines, and also showcased a Surface-like photo viewer
    which allows you to scramble, resize, and generally get physical with
    your fond memories. Check the pictures of the tablet in action after
    the break and feel its magical vibes. 

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00mKTEqnzbs

    demo video of the dell latitude xt 

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    @Brent:

    I’ve never seen the HP 2710 in person so to speak, but here’s the things that struck me as important when researching it. You may of course feel other things are important, and you may feel differently about these issues from me, but this is my impression:

     -Active digitizer (Generally the preferred option. Although some prefer dual input, some prefer passive only)

    -No Draft N wireless (may or may not matter to you)

    -No optical drive (major functionality loss, significant weight savings)

    -6-Cell battery only (smaller than most)

    -Intel ULV processor (improved battery life)

    -100GB 4200rpm max hard drive (low performance, mediocre storage, probably lighter)

    -Trackpoint mouse instead of touch pad (I get the impression a lot of people dislike this, but it allows space/weight savings)

    -LED over keyboard for night usage (Looks pretty clever and useful from the screenshots I’ve seen)

    -Pen falls out on its own sometimes

    All in all it looks to be a low to medium performance Tablet PC targeted at a lower budget.

    For more information on this and other Tablet PC’s I’d recommend this site: http://www.tabletpcreview.com/ Although I’ll warn you, their reviews tend to approve of every single system, and focus on minor issues rather than the basic design problems for any given system.

     Steve
     

  • Anonymous

    Come on guys, wake up!

    they won’t release it.

    they’ve changed marketing strategy

  • Anonymous

    … in a couple of month’s???

    Nothing about mid ov november… nothing about 2007??? a couple of months sounds more like mid of 2008!

    Correct me if i’m wrong! (i hope so, but if not i’ll go an buy a lenovo x61)

  • Anonymous

    I think it should be more powerful than 1.2.  I bought one of the first Tablets made by Toshiba and it had 1.3. 

    And no Camera for video conferencing?  Mistake.  And finally an indoor outdoor screen is a must.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and an internal DVD burner is also a must.

  • Anonymous

    And include an easy docking station so I can print easily without trying to make my HP wireless printer work, which is impossible.

  • Anonymous

    “In a couple of months”… HAHA good joke Dell!

    Fujitsu/Toshiba/HP – I AM COMING!

  • Anonymous

    I bought Samsung Q1 Ultra from local BestBuy store for $749.99 (on sale last week). For the price, I am very happy with this device. I would not be very happy if Dell Latitude XT multi-touch Tablet sells for $800 or less because then I would need to sell my Q1 Ultra and buy Dell. Let’s see how much Dell’s multi-touch tablet costs…

  • Anonymous

    @Tina

     Let’s see if the Latitude XT ever comes out.

  • Anonymous

    Hey all,

    Is it the only multi touch laptop that is announced? Because I’d need it only for this feature. So by multi touch I mean that it is capable of  reading 5 simultaneous inputs on its screen.

     thanks for the info

    Greg
     

  • Anonymous

    why delete posts?!

  • Anonymous

    why a post yesterday has been deleted??

  • Anonymous

    What a shame, Dell’s still holding the XT back even after they’ve announced it. I’m going to be getting the R1E in a few weeks if nothing comes out of Dell. I’ve already delayed getting a tablet PC for one semester, I’m not waiting another semester just for Dell. And even to this day there’s still no official specs nor are we told whether the digitizer can be active. I don’t care if it’s multi-touch, if it doesn’t have an active digitizer then it’s just as useless as the HP TX1000 series. Dell’s disappointing.

  • Anonymous

    Was at Tech-Ed IT Forum last week in Barcelona and played with the tablet it will be out for christmas and it looks very very nice, am writing this post on a tosh m400 tablet and it is destined for the bin! I also have a dell X1 laptop and with the tablet I now have a replacement!

  • Anonymous

    I really want to purchase a Dell Tablet NOW.  I have a Lenovo (IBM) X41 Tablet and I would not recommend it–sluggish, track ball is difficult to use, tech support non-existant.  Please–DELL, tell us how long we must wait!

     

  • Anonymous

    come on dell, how long it is going to take?

  • Anonymous

    Dell is currently showing off the Latitude XT at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) national meeting (the largest medical meeting in the world).  They have two units at their booth which are marked as pre-production internal samples.  They are passing out flyers, but the flyers don’t provide any specification info.  No firm specifications are available from the reps as final specifications won’t be available until launch.  They noted that items like screen resolution and processor speed may differ from the pre-production models.

    None of the above is news.  However, the Dell reps are informing booth visitors that the device will be available on December 10th.

    Anecdotally, the machine looks and feels very very good.  I was very impressed with the basics that affect everyday use like the keyboard and control placement on the screen.  The unit feels very solid.  The digitizer also seems to function very well with either the pen or by finger touch.  I can’t wait to get one.

  • Anonymous

    What are the actual dimensions of the screen size on the pre-production samples? 

    If the tablet screen is the same size as the X1, I’ll have to pass and keep X300 a while longer.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s how you know this thing is never coming out…

     Out of know where they launch a brand new 15″ XPS system that is available right away. Meanwhile, we’ve been waiting for official information about the XT for almost a year now and have no idea when we’ll ever see it.

    Every time someone posts about seeing it at some trade show they offer a new release date quoted from some dell rep. but those dates never hold true.
     

  • Anonymous

    HP’s Table touchpad has been out.  Hell its got a 30% discount.

     mine is amd 2.0

    5400 160 gig

    2 gig of ram

    900$

  • Anonymous

    To all who tested or going to test it:

     PLEASE tell us if it is a real multi touch (5 simultaneous inputs by fingers) or not!!!!!!!!

    Thanks a lot

    Greg 

     

  • Anonymous

    I had the opportunity to play with the official pre-production model of the XT today.  The display is fantastic, and IS multi-touch with multiple fingers.  And, it is intelligent enough to not recognize your palm when you are going to write on the screen with the pen or your finger.  Great job, Dell!  I do have a concern about the swivel mount on the display, since it seems a little rickety, but nothing is ever perfect.  They also showed me the optional extended battery that covers the entire bottom of the tablet (adds less than 3/8″ to the bottom).  And, they have the optional drive dock that adds a DVD player/burner and multi ports as well.  It’s quite slick.  We’re still waiting on a price point, but this thing will be popular.  The screen alone is enough to sell me on it.  It’s VERY bright, true multi-touch, and even has a built-in Windows Security button on it (basically the Ctrl+Alt+Del on a button).  Fantastic job, Dell!!!!!  And, be sure that Dell did their homework before designing this thing, and is here to play some serious games with the market.

  • Anonymous

    @Greg:

    It sure looks like real multi-touch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00mKTEqnzbs 

    And so far as I know, this is the only available convertible laptop with multi-touch functionality. I don’t know much about slate tablets, so there could be some of those available with it too.

     Although we have no way of knowing at this time whether this feature would be standard on all of the XT’s or not, but the impression given by the video is that they do all have it.

     

    Steve
     

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone have any impressions on teh inking experience? ulti-Touch is great, but I’m curious how the the N-Trig compares to Wacom.

     

  • Anonymous

    Does anybody know if this is a touch sensitive touchscreen that can be used for design sketching? Thanks to anyone that will answer this question.

    Christian

  • Anonymous

    Don’t look for this PC in the U.S. till at least the last part of January, Maybe February. They don’t have a definite release date and the sales teams haven’t been trained on it yet. I wish they would hurry up and release it and I hope to god that I am wrong about the release date, but after learning this news from an inside source, and since I need a Tablet PC now, looks like I am gonna have to buy the HP Tablet, wait the three years in between now and the time when my HP Tablet becomes obsolete, then finally get my Dell Tablet PC that I want so bad.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been looking to buy a Tablet for a while now for general travel and note-taking.  If anyone could help with 2 questions, I’d appreciate it:

     – What is the advantage of the multi-touch for non-artists?

     – Would it be easy to pursue a strategy of getting a traditional hard drive now and then swapping in a SSD in a year  (i.e., assuming SSD’s are cheaper in a year, could you just buy a discount SSD and somehow get the Operating System, Programs, and Files easily onto it)

     Personally, I can wait, so the Dell to me looks like the best of the bunch so far…

     Thanks in advance,

    Jason

  • Anonymous

    @Spencer, @Steve

    Thanks for the info, its great news, BUT I just got an email from someone from Dell Switzerland and the person says its going to be a dual touch. So pen and capacitive touch.

    Now this is a HUGE disappointment and I don’t really get it why are they doing this? Or the US version is going to be one step ahead? Or they first release this dual touch and later the multi touch so they can make more money out of it?

    :(((

  • Anonymous

    I got tired of waiting for the ‘fictional’ XT to come out and bought a Dell Precision instead which is probably better spec-ed for my needs anyway. But the XT is still there at the back of my mind..but I’ll believe it when I see it and I think we will all have to wait quite some time before its available for the everyday consumer to purchase as one-off purchases. I echo Ryan’s sentiments.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried the Motion, Toshiba, and a fe wothers. I LOVE the idea of a tablet but the 12.1″ screen size is too small. How about a 14 or 15″?

     

  • Anonymous

    Have a Dell acct manager visiting on Monday and he’ll be bringing one with him. Says it will definetly be released this month, likely to be 10th.

  • Anonymous

    Why are you guys all obsessed over the multi-touch? How does the pen-input compare to wacom?

  • Anonymous

    Greg,

    The term “dual-touch” refers to it responding to either a special stylus OR just any old item (fingernail, toothpick, etc.)

    The term “multi-touch” refers to it recognizing and tracking more than one touch at the same time.

    The latitude xt appears to have both of these features.

    John 

  • Anonymous

    Come on Big Mike,

     release the beast, daddy needs a new tablet. The toshiba 3500 has bit the dust

  • Anonymous

    Pardon my ignorance, but how exactly would you test for “multi-touch” in either Vista or WinXP?  I don’t believe the interface for either Microsoft OS supports multiple simultaneous inputs regardless of the underlying hardware.  This is not to say that an application couldn’t take advantage of the functionality.

     Can you give an example of an application that actually makes use of a “multi-touch” feature?  (the iPhone doesn’t count as an application you can run on a tablet PC)

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    N/A,

    Check out http://www.microsoft.com/surface/ 

    It is a little overkill, but you can get an idea of what “multi-touch” can do.  Believe it or not, it actually runs on Windows Vista.

  • Anonymous

     

    It seems our friends over at Dell just got tired of waiting. On their website there is a full PDF manual of the new Latitude XT Tablet PC. From the looks of it there is no new information spec wise, except for the fact Dell may be releasing a Core Solo version.

     

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latXT/en/PU189en1/PU1891MRD.pdf

  • Anonymous

    Here’s hoping that’s a typo, and it should say Core 2 Duo. Even the Latitude D430 has that, so I don’t know why they’d skimp out here. I won’t hold my breath on that though.

    I like how they kind of dance around the battery time available. I know there’s obviously a wide range depending on what you’re doing, but you’d think they’d have a max and min time based on low power settings/idle, and playing a DVD with high brightness. (well maybe not the latter cause they don’t want you do know that since it’ll be short even with a good battery)

    On the bright side, it has a gigabit LAN card. I guess Dell’s realized some people still use wires from time to time. I don’t think I’ve seen one of those on any Dell laptop to date. That said, I haven’t looked very hard, although I’m pretty sure even the XPS models don’t (which is ridiculous cause wireless increases lag which I would think the gamer types would complain about)

    All in all, it looks about as you’d expect. A few lower performance components to favour light weight and low power consumption. No real surprises in the manual thanks to all the “leaks”, but the fact that they’ve released this manual makes me wonder if this December 10th date isn’t completely made up. At the very least I would think it will be available in January.

    Steve

    P.S. My favourite part of the manual is section 13. Not for the content, but for the red text.

  • Anonymous

    There has been a long wait for the Dell’s Latitude Tablet PC and it is going to be ended on Dec 11, 07 with the Christmas present, if the price that is speculating is >$800.00 as there are no official comment from Dell which should be forthcoming.  Can anyone tell if they will be sold online only or thru outlets like Bestbuy, Circuit City, Target, etc ?  But 4200 RPM hard drive is not an encouraging feature.

    Please share your thoughts about the price, online-offline sale, features, etc.

     Cheers,  Madhu Aryal

  • Anonymous

    I was hopeing for a real tablet with the new 45nm Intel chips and an expandable solid state storage.

  • Anonymous

    According to Engadget, the launch will take place on Tuesday, December 11th:

     http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/06/dell-launching-latitude-xt-tablet-pc-on-the-11th/

  • Anonymous

    When with Linux?

  • Anonymous

    I scrolled through the PDF manual yesterday but the URL doesn’t work anymore. Opps!!

  • Anonymous

    Why hard disk still use obsoleted p-ata, that’s old technolgy nobody wanted. It should be s-ata2 at least.

  • Anonymous

    Dell probably put the user manual out there to create some hype

     @Steve

    My Precision laptop I bought 3 years ago has gigabit ethernet.  I can’t comment on every laptop they released but a quick check on Dell’s website reveals that the XPS1710 (the older version) has gigabit.
     

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who noticed under the small business Section on the Dell Website, that they have this

    Latitude XT, D430 & ATG
    Tablet, Ultra-Mobile & Rugged
     
    They are grouped together under the Road Warriors section.
  • Anonymous

    The Latitude XT is now listed with the D430 and the ATG at the URL below.  Unfortunately, that is as far as it goes.

    http://www.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/latit?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

    The caption under the ATG reads:

    Latitude XT, D430 & ATG
    Tablet, Ultra-Mobile &
    Rugged

    December 10th or 11th sounds reasonable to me.

  • Anonymous

    I am a Dell employee, and am anxiously anticipiating the release of the XT. I have full access to the details on internal pages, but until it gets release I cannot release any info whatsoever. All I an say is that it is worth the hype, and I can’t wait to pull the trigger on one!

  • Anonymous

    It’s not listed on the website now?

     Is Dec. 10th a confirmed date yet or still a mystery?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Dell Employee:

    Just curious, can you tell us why they won’t make a PR on it?

  • Anonymous

    Can you release a release date 🙂 ?

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Ronnie and others: See my latest post about the Latitude XT here. More details coming tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Nnooooooooo……..  $2,500 !!!!????  You’re killin’ me….

    Gateway here I come….   🙁 

  • Anonymous

    well the new Toshiba looks pretty nice too at $1700

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad all of you are not buying the latitude XT tablet, because that will mean that I will get mine faster. (First US customer to order it!!!) Seriously, stop whining… The latitude tablet’s display is going to be super bright, I’ll have my verizon wireless card builtin, it will be super thin, and super light, AND IT WILL HAVE MULTI-TOUCH! Need I remind you people that this is a brand new technology that “oh wait a minute, isn’t ANYWHERE IN ANY MARKET YET!?” I don’t think any of you quite realize how revolutionary multi-touch will be. So, save your money cheapskates, and go out and buy your little HP’s, or send your money outside of America and get your dry and boring Toshiba. If you want to be on the forefront of technology, you simply need to be willing to pay for it. Seriously, can you imagine the software that will be written for these display’s!!!

     http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

     Keeping whining, that’s what makes America great! All of those who waste their time whining about what they don’t have, make it a hell of a lot easier for guys like me to go and get it.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT! base price $2500! ALL THIS WAITING FOR THIS??!?!

    BASE PRICE PEOPLE! WHY DELL? WHY? 

  • Anonymous

    One of the reasons for the loss of Dell market share is it’s seeming inability to read the needs of the market.  This tablet is extremely over priced in relation to the competition.  Those who buy it will purchase an untested unreviewed tablet with lower specs than the comparatively priced competition.  Dell grew building quality customized computers at a low price.  Teachers, schools, and businesses flocked.  As a teacher, why would I buy this tablet when I can get a Lenovo at the same weight, more powerful processor, a proven track record with tablets, and fantastic reviews stating customer satisfaction and reliability with the computer?  For a touchscreen that at this point has limited potential due to lack of software?  This is marketed to who? This seems to be the Dell MO lately putting out higher priced models with lower specs and counting on experience and ease of purchase through the internet to carry the line.  I was thinking of purchasing dell stock again after the recent price drop but everything I read or experience with the company points to slow decline due to a deteriorated marketing model.  Even with hyped new product releases Dell is already behind. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah… I work for the company. I’ve been waiting almost two years for this thing. I wanted a Dell becasue I know they’re good stuff… but a price of $2500 is way too much: 1500-2000 is reasonable. It’s sad that I will probably get an HP or Fujitsu.

  • Anonymous

    Dell, I hope you’re reading your own blog because since the release every one of these comments reflect negatively on the price.  Keep in mind at the same time the customer has lots of other options…  Hoping that price was a mistake and it meant to start at $1500

  • Anonymous

    Brandon Jones: I checked out Multi-touch further very very cool stuff.  But what are your thoughts about the processor speeds of the XT Vs. Fujitsu and others?

     

  • Anonymous

    Brandon Jones:

    The Microsoft Surface and Apple iphone offers multi-touch in a different perspective, not what Dell is releasing. For surface and iphone it means users can touch the screen in more than one place, which drastically increases usability. What Dell is releasing is one that the screen can be used as touch screen – if used with fingers or stylus, or as digitizer or if used with digitizer pen. It’s different technology, but it’s considered multi-touch. Don’t expect the tablet to be like the glasstop shiny clear look of the iphone.

     This technology is in the marketplace and is being used by Lenovo, and even now, i think by Toshiba in the M700.

    And yes, I think we all can hope and imagine the software that can be written for it, but the bigger question is, who will do it? While you may be sitting at home with a tablet which looks beautiful, I’ll be whizzing right along with a company that has been in the market a while and has proven results. You can place that Dell on the shelves to view or what might have been.

  • Anonymous

    Multi touch is cool, but the software for it (microsoft Surface) probably won’t come out for a while.  And considering that XT’s specs, it will have been long outdated.  Besides, you can get the $1050 gateway or HP tablet now to hold you off and still have $1600 left to got a new tablet when Surface turns mainstream (and by then the 45nm architecture w/integrated graphics will be out and the tablets will be alot cheaper).

  • Anonymous

    @Brandon Jones

     Multitouch is great and all, but there are currently a total of ZERO applications which support it today. While you may be fine paying a $1000 premium for capacitive multitouch, most of us aren’t, and that’s not something Dell should take lightly.

    Dell now faces a very steep uphill battle selling the XT. They have to somehow convince consumers to pay more for inferior hardware, and if the only thing they have to say is, “It’s got multitouch. Stop whining,” I can guarantee you’ll be able to buy all the XTs you want, because surely no one else will.
     

  • Anonymous

    $2,500 for the core solo?  I think I’ll get a job with Dell (because they apparently smoke lots of weed).  The gateway is $1050 and the IBM x61 is $1282, and both are way better spec’d.  Gee, thanks Dell, for disappointing me.  Maybe Mike Dell needs to send you marketing people’s jobs to India like he did with the support people.

  • Anonymous

    There needs to be more explination on Dell’s part as to why this tablet is going to be more expensive in it’s most basic form than most other tablets armed to the teeth with extras. Multi touch isn’t going to make the difference for me and any other rational person trying to get dell quality, my case in particular is bad, as I need to introduce a tablet platform into an area it’s never been applied before. To prove it’s worth to others, to demonstrate the true capabilities of this platform as the immediate future (~10yrs) notebook of choice. As computers progessivley get lighter and thinner it’s pretty obvious that eventually the only part of a computer you see will end up being a display of some kind, and for work we’re looking at a ultralight rigid surface. With the recent increase in tablet notebooks today, for the first time we have the opportunity to begin development of skills, software, and preference of this new and superior ultramobile pc. I’ve been saving for the past 4 months to buy a Dell tablet as soon as it was released. I was hoping for christmas, but was prepared to wait as long as it took. I didn’t need to worry about the specs, as thats one of the more enjoyable parts of waiting to buy a computer. All I was concerned with was a tablet pc needs to have a great warranty, no matter what. Full coverage is a must for this style of pc based on all of the reviews I’ve read about probably every tablet available today. The only company I trust as far as customer support, truly feel at ease with in that respect is Dell. That makes a Dell tablet extremley desirable, if not the only rational choice considering it’s main competetion with tablets is Gateway, and with that recent merger who knows the future of that company… At any rate, I’m still going to remain calm as long as I haven’t seen the order form section of the main Dell site. I have still have a small hope that considering it’s Dell, and the original Dell angle, “why buy a computer from a store thats already obsolete, when you can call us and we’ll build you one exactly how you want it and mail it to you” there will be a few options to lower the overall price of this machine back to the range I was expecting ~$2000. Like, for example- not including the docking station.

  • Anonymous

    Brandon your link to Microsoft Surface is nice, but the usability of a multitouch screen in a tablet seems fairly useless to me… If I had a 20″+ screen (up to a coffee table size) I could see the novelty and usefullness of the technology… but on a 12″ screen, besides to showoff for a day or two, is completely useless.  People buy tablets for taking notes, and maybe some photoshopping… not orgainizing photos, or drawing with two hands.

    I laughed when I heard of the price and specs of this tablet today, and sit gracefully on my Lenovo X61 tablet with SXGA+ screen and twice the processing speed.  Not to mention they share about the same footprint.  I got mine with 3 year warranty, 3gigs of ram, for ~1500.

     I can see the high price as they’re entering the market, but it will be years before Dell can start to compete in this growing niche.

  • Anonymous

    @Bad Move Dell

     Actually, the Dell has both forms of multitouch you describe. Multitouch in terms of pen and touch input is a misnomer courtesy Lenovo, who use the term to describe their tablets.

     
    While the Dell does indeed have pen and touch input, it also has multitouch input as seen on the iPhone and Surface, which is demonstarted by Michael Dell at the Oracle keynote.
     

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    A former dell customer: I’m sorry we lost you as a customer. If you still need to get your notebook fixed, feel free to either e-mail me directly here, or send another comment explaining the problem with the e-mail address filled out.

     I can have someone contact you to get to the bottom of the issue.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much of that price gos toward paying for the tablets Dell destroyed in their Latitude XT commercials.   I once bought a dell laptop…it stopped working after two months.  Dell has been hyping this product and causing its loyal customers to hold off on buying other tablets just to try to rip its loyal customers off.  I started hating Dell a long time ago, and now I think alot more people hate Dell.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe that Dell did this. Bad Move, and you just lost alot of business. You hyped it, and then did not deliver. Looks like my business is going to Toshiba or Lenovo, i was really hoping for something better. By the time you get finished pricing this unit out, it’ll be like pricing out a Panasonic Toughbook.

  • Anonymous

     “If you still need to get your notebook fixed, feel free to either e-mail me directly here,”

    Not that this has much relevance to the thread, but I tried calling customer service and, after 1.5hrs of hold time (this was several years ago, but by virtue of your comment, I expect that customer service has improved by now), they would only fix/exchange the power adapter, saying there was nothing wrong with the computer.  I just gave up on customer service and fixed the computer myself…it turned out that the power button came loose because it was not soldered on the mother board well (there was an air bubble that formed during the wave soldering process), it took less time to fix it than to wait for customer service to answer the phone.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, $2500. I’ve actually been holding off on a tablet as well just to see what Dell might put out there but that’s just way too much. Like several ppl have already observed, there are better speced tablets out there for about $1000 cheaper. I currently own a dell inspiron (I’ve bought 2 Dell machines over the years) and I hadn’t gotten a Gateway since the early to mid 90s but it looks like Gateway has just won me back as a customer.

     Bye Dell.
     

  • Anonymous

    400 nits.  Viewable in direct sunlight.  Not likely VP Jeff. I’ll even give ya 10 to 1 on a c note.

  • Anonymous

    I’m livid about yet another delay! Logged into the Dell Premier site this morning and the XT was listed altough no picture or further details. Clicked on customize and buy and what do you know…… Absolutley nothing! Spoke to my Dell Act Manager and she apologised to say it now wouldn’t be release until next Tuesday and probably wouldn’t get to me until the new year! My reply… I’ll believe it when I see it!

     I’ve alway’s been very loyal to Dell and sang your praises when it was suggested earlier this year that we should also look at other vendors. Shame Dell shows no loyalty to it’s customers.

    What on earth is going on Dell?!? With Vista’s hardware independance and BDD driver injection, I may just start touting the likes of HP, Fujitsu etc. to the IT director next year!

  • Anonymous

    Seems Toshiba Portege M700 is a better value.

    1. Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.20GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
    2. Genuine Windows® XP Tablet Edition 2005
    3. 2048MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM @ 667MHz (2048MBx1)
    4. 12.1″ WXGA Backlit Display supporting digital pen with indoor/outdoor viewing (1280×800)
    5. 120GB HDD (7200rpm, Serial-ATA) 
    6. DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive 
    7. Lithium Ion Battery (6-Cell, 4700mAh) 
    8. Intel Wireless Wi-FI Link 4965AGN (802.11 a/g/n)
    9. Intel Pro 82566MM 10/100/1000 Ethernet

     All for a grand total of $1879.

    No need to have to buy an addon media drive (like with Dell & Lenovo), plus it comes standard with:

    1 Year Standard Limited Warranty, Microsoft® Office OneNote 2007, Microsoft Office Ready with Microsoft Office Professional 2007 60-dayTrial Edition, McAfee® Internet Security Suite (30-day trial), TOSHIBA ConfigFree®, TOSHIBA Disc Creator, TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator, Fingerprint reader (with software), Bridge Media Adapter, 3-USB (2.0) ports, i.LINK™ IEEE-1394, RJ-45 LAN port, RJ-11 modem port, RGB monitor port, Microphone jack (monaural), headphone jack (stereo), docking connector

    Only drawback I see is it does not come standard with an 8cell battery, but even if you buy aftermarket it’s price is far less than it would be in buying a Dell, and since Toshiba has been in the tabletpc market alot longer than Dell, you don’t have to worry about 1st generation product problems.

    So, I see it Toshiba offers a better:

    1. Faster Processor T7500 at 2.2GHz vs U7600 at 1.2GHz
    2. Faster Harddrive 7200rpm vs 5400rpm
    3. Free Microsoft One Note 2007, extra with Dell
    4. Integrated Optical Drive extra with Dell
    5. Better Wireless LAN chip
    6. Memory speed runs at 533MHz on the Dell vs 667MHz with the Toshiba.
    7. Tohiba offers a standard 4700mAh Lithium Ion Battery Pack vs the Dell with a 4-Cell 28W/hr Lithium Ion standard.
    8. Price (base on Toshiba is $1449 vs Dell at base price $2499) I wonder who is better priced here? By far, Toshiba is.

    Any thoughts folks?

     

     

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Looks like vaporware to me.  All they did this week was issue a press release and turn on, and then off, a few web pages.  You still can’t order one, or even price one.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Brandon Jones I ordered mine. I am a dell fan and I will pay whatever it takes to get the best just like the iphone people pay so much for a phone that do’s what the treo has done for years but with a smaller screen. I can’t wait for it to come in.

     

    http://billiehall.com/dell/Quote.html

     

    done dill,,,,

  • Anonymous

    $2499 – sounds to me like this is just a precautionary measure to avoid long backlog delays. High demand, low supply = higher prices. I would guess this is dell’s effort to hedge their bets given the suspected supply line delays they have been having. They are ramping up slowly. If I’m right (and I’m often not) prices will come down pretty quickly once the supply chain and production issues are ironed out.

    BTW – happily typing this on a brand new Fujitsu T4220, though if I were purchasing now, I’d probably go w/the new Toshiba M700 – up to a 2.6GHz Duo + on-board DVD burner! (I need processing power, not battery life).

  • Anonymous

    Whether you like the XP or not the problem is there is still no word from Dell when it will be available.  Makes you wonder what the delay is?

  • Anonymous

    Dell, you made me completely disappointed.

    Price : unnecessarily too High

    Display : still 12.1″.. (why not 13.x” or 14.x”)

    CPU : too slow (other are going for 2+GHz…)

    RAM : bad Only up to 3 GB. (Why not 4 GB)

    HDD : PATA 4200 or 5400 rpm. (why not 7200 SATA)

    Video: still shared memory? (why not dedicated VGA card)

    No : IrDA… (I still use this for many external devices)

    You take too much time and make us wait long for nothing..

    Bye Bye Dell.

    Ko Ko

  • Anonymous

    OK Multi-touch demo’ed by Mike Dell on Youtube.  The XP still has a significantly slower processor compared to Fujitsu Lifebook 4220  (Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)?

  • Anonymous

    I think a lot of people are missing the point of this tablet.

     It isn’t marketed toards the majority of consumers. It’s a light tablet meant for the roadwarrior. Everybody who is complaining about the processor, disc drive and video card is missing the point.

     This tablet goes up against the fujitsu t2010 and the hp compaq 2710p. Both come in at around $1800 for much higher specs and both are just as light.

    I don’t think the capacitive touch is worth the extra $700. I watched the video demo and the touchscreen capabilities looked painful to use. The software needs to be improved dramatically before capacitive touch becomes useful.

  • Anonymous

    I have not only ordered my first XT, but it is in production and will be shipped in a couple weeks. I am very excited to demo this product. Obviously if you think that this is the same device another manufacturer has already released, then you are not looking very closely.

    We have MANY tablets in our organization, and no other vendor has yet shown us a tablet with a touch screen…

  • Anonymous

    According to Dell, this page is the most visited blog page, and has the most posts, of any blog page in the entire history of all of Dell.  Dell also said they would be taking orders for the tablet before the end of the year. They  don’t mention price, though, so its probably still going to be over $2500

  • Anonymous

    I have just one word for Dell: THINKPAD!!!!!!  

    I am going to buy the Thinkpad, and not the Dell Tablet.   The dell boys and girls are new to the tablet club.  They haven’t proven themselves with a tablet yet……and it will take a while.  I certainly am not going to be a guinea pig for Dell……..

  • Anonymous

    Wow… yawn… 

  • Anonymous

    Would be nice to have the option for biometric password scanner built in. An option for a nVidia GPU and AMD Turon X2 CPU would be nice too.

  • Anonymous

    I cant wait as it was my dream.  FINALLY!!! A MIRICLE OF MIRACLE WONDER OF WONDER.  Amazing.  Using it now!

  • Anonymous

    I must say, if you have not bought a tablet PC, don’t. It is probably my worst ever investment. It looks cool, but feels like —t. I hardly use the pen with my Toshiba Tablet PC, because somehow it feels awkward and unatural. Considering that I paid a lot more that novelty, it is a total waste of money.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone actually ordered the XP yet?  I can’t find it on the Dell site but want to build a fully loaded one and see what it prices out at.

  • Anonymous

    Will this tablet pc be compatible with JAWS screen reader program?

     

  • Anonymous

    My last computer was a dell latitiude. It was destroyed when I ran over it with my new 4 door Jeep. By accident!

    I travel alot (Airline Pilot) and the sun is pretty bright in the cockpit. I could use a tablet, longer baterry life, light weight but also a screen that I can actually see in the bright sun.

    It looks like this XT will be great! Problem is, I can’t seem to order one.

    I know when I start showing other pilots, it will be a hit, generating more sales for the XT.

    Dell, when is this going to be released? Why the delay????

    Thanks and Merry Christmas everyone. I’ll be flying with Santa!

    http://www.airlinecrew.com

  • Anonymous

    After months and months of waiting….I finally broke down and ordered a Gateway C140XP….just arrived and works great.  Sorry Dell…I really wanted to stick with you.

  • Anonymous

     

    This is addressed to those of you who are tablet pc savy and to those of you who are not….

     

    The pros of the Dell:

    – One of the lightest available (1-1.5lbs lighter)

    – One of the thinnest avilable (width is 1-2 inches less)

    – One of the slimmest available (.3-.6 inches thinner)

    – The capactive touch is very cool.  It is a nice little gimmic to

       use your finger with no pressure to navigate through your

       computer.

    – Excellent battery life

    – Nice little marketing campaign

    – Uses a very small AC  adapter and a qucker charge

     

    The cons of the Dell:

    – The pricetag is exboritant.  (1,500 to 1,000 more)

    – It uses some of the slowest available processors on the market

    – It only has one slot for ram.  The other chip is a 1gb chip hardwired into the motherboard

      No integrated optical drive

      Uses the slowest hard drives available

      Did I mention the cost?

     

     

    What Id like to hear from Dell:

    – How does the writing compare to the Wacom pen input currently used by most tablets?  Most Wacom pen input devices have some areas where there is a good margin of error between what you write with your hand and what gets written on screen.  If it is much more precise than Wacom I might consider N Trigs technology.

      How can you justify spending about 1,000 – 1,500 (8 to 13 percent my ass) more on a computer that is much much slower than its compeitition just because it’s a little smaller, lighter, and has capacitive touch? I mean honeslty, the finger touch input is probably used maybe 20 percent of the time?  The rest of the time when you use the pen as an input the touch advantage becomes irrelevant and your 1,000 price jump is only for the dimensions and battery life.

    – Why did another tablet manufacturer (motion computing) decide to drop the duotouch technology after working with N-trig for about a year?  What do you have to say to Motions comments claiming that N-Trigs technology has software issues and supply issues?

      That being said are you using this excessive price tag to perhaps skirt N-Trig’s supply issue?  This way N-Trig can manufacture more screens while you prepare to drop your price?

     

     

    Overall…  Its small, its sexy, duotouch is promising, but its just plain not worth it.  Other manufactures will be using this technology in the future too so don’t for a second believe any of this is exclusive to Dell.  Let them drop it to a more reasonable price first.  In the mean time get an ibm, gateway, fujitsu, or toshiba for much less. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s on the site now…

  • Anonymous

    Woohoo, finally ordered mine yesterday, can’t believe how expensive it is even with our discount (Around £1600) I did notice that there is no option to go with the core 2 solo processor yet, so if you order right now then you’ve only got the options of the high end spec, which for me isn’t a bad thing. Due to be delivered in first week of the new year, can’t wait. I’ll let you know when it arrives!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, i’ve been waiting, but i could get 2 fast X61’s instead of one super slow dell. I’m really shocked that anyone would spend that much money on a computer with 2 year old specs…shame on you dell.

  • Anonymous

    The insane $-tag has pushed my architecture firm to go with HP Tablets.  ***DELL – very disappointed.***  We’ve waited for a VERY long time.  The XT specs can’t touch the rich HP environment (250GB Hard Drive (5400), 4GB RAM etc…etc.)  The price even @ $1900 as someone mentioned in another post is near what we’ve paid for amazing spec’ed tablets, HP’s top-of-the-line; not the entry-level machine.  Their entry level tablet is between $800 – $950 and that gets you 160GB Hard Drive, 2GB RAM, 1,9GHz, TWO (2) I said TWO (2) built in speakers, fingerprint, webcam… … …  Get your tablet prices in line, come back to the present technology era, and we’ll consider coming back in a few years when we transition our machines.

    From everything we were told months ago by DELL, our firm was exactly who DELL is marketing towards.  I realize consumers in general won’t jump on the XT because of the high cost.  Why would corporations?  I cannot endorse spending above & beyond $1k to $1,500 for an inferior machine when there are superior products for in many cases, half the price tag.  ‘PS and by the way’ – nor do any of our colleagues.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, just built a modest machine and went over $3,000 almost immediately.

    You guys act like you don’t really want to be in this market.

     This has got to be one of the strangest paths I’ve seen Dell go down and due to family member working at big D, I’ve been watching for quite a while. I’m looking for the silver lining here and can’t quite wrap myself around it. What makes you guys tick on this one.?

    Did you just get in so far that there was no way out for someone? Motion backing out on N-Trig catch someone by surprize? I talked with a couple of them on a flight to DFW, and they seemed to be pretty sharp.

     I have to assume someone is going down for this one eventually, this venture can’t possibly produce any ROI.

  • Anonymous

    I just specced a nicely equiped machine out, and with our corporate purchase plan it came to $3200.  That is including office pro with software assurance, vista business with sa, 5400 rpm hd and more. 

     It also includes a 3 year warranty and complete care.  It is about the same price as any other laptop we buy with a similar configuration.

     I think that anyone who compares this apples for apples with a business class laptop with proper support on it will be plesently suprised.  People with small businesses who compare it (wirh retail price) against an HP or gateway from their local computer store (with far less warranty) will think that they are over paying.

     This is aimed at a mid to large business crowd.  With the discount these customers get, the pricing really is not out of line.

  • Anonymous

    When i heard about Dells Tablet i was looking at a price of <1000$.After looking at the price tag(3K$) i cant help wondering who is the dumbest to buy this piece as it doesnt include the fastest processor neither faster drives. Oh ya this might be the way to save battery life but i did not expect the price to be more than a XPS.

    Looks like i have to wait for mac world coming Jan.. to see a tablet from apple..

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Is this new Tablet Wacom compatable?

  • Anonymous

    With the specs they have,

    IT SHOULD HAVE COME IN SUB $1000

    Benefit of dealing with an Israeli company that seems to be impressed with themselves and their overpriced and underwhelming technology.

    I have to wonder if Mike’s getting out soon and is greasing a few palms prior to doing so. 

     

  • Anonymous

    I guess the market will tell.

    There’s a good reason Apple is touching $200/share and Dell has wallowed at +/- $25/share for the last 5 years.

    I think it boils down to a good engineering, agressive company overcoming a tentative marketing based commodity company. The XT is a bit of a stray from their formula that used to work. Got to give them some credit for a least trying to think outside the box, however misguided it seems to be.

    This tablet release is like a train wreck that I just can’t avert my eyes from but is symptomatic of what Dell has become.

    What I thought was the chance for the tablet to become accepted as a mainstream device I guess must be left to Apple now.
     

  • Anonymous

    This is the first hands on review I have seen.  This guy recieved a Latitude XT free from his company and still admits he probably wont use it as a tablet.  http://nathan.thenovaks.net/

  • Anonymous

    I am liking my Samsung Q1 Ultra (from BestBuy for $749.99) more and more. With aero turned off, it works great for my needs. Excellent for touch screen web browsing and eBook reading and moderate typing. And it only weighs 1.5 lbs (yes, that’s 1.5 lbs!!) and I get 4+ hours battery life. I would have paid $300 more for Dell multi-touch but $2000 more? No way!!

  • Anonymous

    Here is an idea. Multi-touch screen is expensive and not very useful in a device over 10″ screen size due to bulk.

    So how about this – make two tablets:

    • Multi-touch tablet with 7″ screen – perfect for mobile workers and professionals such as doctors and couch potatoes (weighs less than 1.5 lbs)
    • Wacom style touch tablet with 13.3″ screen.

    Any bigger screen and there is no advantage of touch tablet because it is no longer truly portable.

  • Anonymous

    I just got shipping conformation today on my order it should be here on the 15th I can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe the XT is already here I have been on it with photoshop cs3 for two hours it is awesome we have a wacom cintiq 21ux here in the office as well and this things in pin only mode is just like it. Editing row camera file is sweet. I have played with others in stores and the XT so far leaves them behind. The pin keeps up with even the fastest strokes.

     

    This mediabase fills kind of cheep, but it is very light for it size. So far it seem to work really well I am using it as a docking station.

     

    The battery slice is amazingly light I have yet to use it but,, can’t believe how light it is.

     

    I also got the D/BAY plus 8X DVD+/-RW and I really don’t like the usb plus fire wire plug in it but as I look around my office it seem all the Dell laptop have that plug so I guess it will not be as in convent as I first thought. I wanted to be able to us it on other laptop.

     

    Cellular wireless. I am kind of disappointed in the cellular wireless card I wanted an internal one and they sent me a Dell Wireless 5510 pcie card, I am calling Monday to try and get that switched out. There website says internal and that’s not what I got.

     

    I also got two roxio disk and to cyberlink power dvd disk in the box and no driver or vista restore disk.

     

    Well that’s all I can thank of for know if I come across anything else over the weekend I will post.

  • Anonymous

    As you can see, Apple MacBook Air will now take a bite out of Dell tablet’s market even without a multi-touch display.

    Dell needs to build a multi-touch screen tablet in 7 or 9 inch display size to reduce costs and weight and use the Intel processor/motherboard that was made for Apple Macbook air. Any size bigger than 9-inch display is too bulky to have any good use of expensive multi-touch.

  • Anonymous

    I just purchased a DELL XT, and I was very happy with it until the cursor (mouse) started going completely nuts on me.  It randomly bounces to the bottom left corner of teh screen, starting random documents and I cannot contorl it with the mouse pad or an external mouse.  It seems to be easily replicated by pulling the cover down, suggesting to me that it is somehow entering tablet mode and using somekind of signal form teh screen to guid ethe cursor.

    DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON?

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Damn Dell can be annoying.

     

    Lets produce a really good top end machine and then make sure there are no decent accessories or bags out there.

    The tablet is great, the touch screen is the best on the market, and yes the ATI graphics can be a bit underpowered.

    One thing I have noticed though, this baby charges up really fast, 1-1.5 hours.

    Desperately looking for a brown man bag for the unit 

     

  • Anonymous

    I have had one for 6 months or so. It is realy portable but really sloooow! I have had to disable the Aero interface and it is still slow. The hard drive is thrashing all the time.

    If you get one be sure to get the maximum  3 Gigs of RAM. I got 2 and am gonna have to get more to try and speed it up. The integrated video card uses mainboard ram, that is one issue that does not help speed.

    Has anyone manged to tweak their XT to make it faster??

    I am using VISTA Business with Aero interface turned off.

     

  • Anonymous

    Where can i get one and can you write and draw pics on it? with a magic pen or something iv heard of it used tht way

  • Anonymous

    My Dell Inspiron 1200 will not turn on.  If I take out the battery it will not turn on whether I'm on electric or not.  Does the computer need to have the battery working to power on?  I'm trying to figure out if I need a new battery or if its something else.

  • DELL-Todd S

    @Pat

    It sounds like you are having problems with more than the battery if the system won't power on with or without a battery inserted.  I would recommend that you repost your comment to the Dell Community Forums where the members there can offer you advice on what could be causing the problem.

    You can access the forums here.

     

  • vema123

    I love Dell's tablet notebook

    I think Dell's tablet-notebook is one of the best tablet PC in the market today. However I've heard rumors that some Dell's PCs are assembled in China. If it is true, what about the quality?

  • pavankumar.qc

    Do you have tablet PC with AMD CPU's.