Latitude XT Details

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Lots of folks have been waiting for us to release more details on the Latitude XT Tablet PC. My first brief post about it has received more than 400 comments and has gone on to become the #1 most viewed post in Direct2Dell's history. It's made some traction in the blogosphere too—almost 2,000 posts reference the product by name before we announced it.

Update: 12/11—Glenn just published his post. It has the capacitive touch vlog I mention in the last sentence of this post.  

And speaking of the blogosphere, many of you who are interested problably already have seen the updates from Engadget here and here.

We will begin taking orders and shipping the product by the end of the year.

The convertible tablet weighs in at 3.57lbs., making it is one of the lightest tablet PCs available. Pricing starts at $2,499. Now for some other specs…

Processors:

  • Intel Core 2 Solo ULV processor U2100 (1.06GHz) or
  • Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor U7600 (1.20GHz)

12.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) display:

  • Optional LED-backlit display
  • LCD Outdoor viewing display for increased brighness in outdoor use

Graphics: Integrated ATI Radeon X1250 UMA adapter

Memory:

  • All configurations include 1GB of integrated 533MHz memory
  • optional 2GB or 3GB configurations available

Power/Battery Options:

  • 4-cell 28W/Hr Li-Ion primary or secondary
  • 6-cell 42W/Hr Li-Ion primary or secondary
  • 45W/Hr Li-Ion High Capacity Battery Slice
  • 45W (small form factor), 65W, Combo Auto/Air (90W test only)
  • 3-foot power cord standard, 6-foot optional

Hard Drive Options:

  • 40GB 1.8" 4200RPM hard drive
  • 80GB 1.8" 4200RPM hard drive
  • 120GB 1.8" 5400RPM hard drive
  • 32 or 64GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drives

Input Devices:

  • Finger Touch – Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Pen – EM Digitizer
    • Eraser functionality actuated via side switch
    • Optional tether
    • Interaction with display controlled by three different replaceable "tips" for user-selectable writing experiences
  • Full-size keyboard / full Latitude localization
  • Dual-pointing; rubber domes with leveling rods
  • Scroll Wheel with enter and back functionality (on display / slate)

Operating Systems:

  • Windows Vista Business (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
  • Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005

Connectivity Options:

  • Dell Wireless 1390 (802.11g)
  • Dell Wireless 1490 (802.11a/g)
  • Dell Wireless 1505 (802.11a/g/ Draft n)
  • Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth Module
  • Dell Verizon Wireless 5720 Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO Rev A)
  • Dell Wireless 5720 Sprint Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO Rev A)
  • Dell Wireless 5720 Telus Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO)

Tomorrow, we'll follow up this post with another that discusses functionality of the tablet with a nearly 10-minute vlog discussing the Latitude XT's capactive pen and touch capability. It's live now—see here.

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  • Anonymous

    I am just wondering why the substantial premium over other tablets, the starting price seems to be substantialy higher then most other tablets on the market. 

  • Anonymous

    2499?!

    In the words of the great Garth Algar of Aurora, Illinois….

    “When did you become a nutbar?”

  • Anonymous

    Ya about time

  • Anonymous

    Are you guys smoking crack? Okay, the Multi-touch is nice but it is not worth almost $600 over Lenovo’s X61 which has a faster CPU, higher resolution and more memory capacity…

     

    You dropped the ball DeLL!

     

     

  • Anonymous

    $2500?!?

    I’d like to add a few more question and exclamation marks there, but I’ll refrain.

    Dell, you’ve come all this way, after continual delays and disappointments, and after so much smack talk (the whole sawing tablets in half business), you end the race by just shooting yourself in the foot.

     $2500 STARTING price… 

     What’s that gonna get me? A 1GHz single core processor, a gig of RAM, 40GB 4200 RPM HDD, 802.11a/g, MAYBE bluetooth…

    I have a Dell 700M with 1.6GHz Pentium, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, 802.11 a/g, and I bought it 3 years ago for $999 (worth about $500 today). Are you telling me that 3 years later you’re putting worse specs in a machine, and charging $2000 premium for tablet functionality?

    Give me a BREAK.

    This is on the heals of Toshiba, who announced today a tablet that is not only has better base and fully loaded specs, has pen and touch capabilities as well, but also is a full GRAND cheaper.

    Let me say it again just to emphasize: One THOUSAND dollars cheaper. It’s slightly larger, and of course doesn’t have multitouch, but is that extra cubic inch of volume and half pound of weight worth a thousand dollars to me Dell?

    Honestly, when I saw that price I literally laughed out loud. Honestly, I don’t know who you think you are, but you’re not HP because they’re getting my money and you aren’t.
     

  • Anonymous

    $2499 sounds more like an ending price, not a starting price. Looks like there are several options that should be standard, like Bluetooth, Core 2 Duo, bigger hard drive, stronger battery, 2GB RAM with Vista that most people will want to include on a new PC that should last for years.

    I was ready to dive in at release, but $3000+ for a nicely equipped machine is going to make me rethink this a bit. Too bad, really. Let’s hope that this is a typo!

  • Anonymous

    I agree. My first reaction when I saw the pricetag, was,”yeeouch”.

     Adunno how to tell you this guys, but finally putting something like this out in the market behind all of the other big guys, and right before Xmas with a price like that, don’t make you guys look good for the season. I mean, even Toshiba has a “barebones” yet respectable version of the Convertible PC for around 1500.

     
    Putting your left foot out first, with a backbreaking pricetag like that puts you guys behind everyone else, even finally having the Convertible laptop.

    Disappointed,

    Ron  V.

  • Anonymous

    Any idea how many levels of pressure sensitivity (ex: 512 or 1024 levels), this digitizer will have?

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    DiretHerder: 256… it’s in tomorrow’s video.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I was going to buy one, but not for $2500.

    Nicely done. You still make crappy overpriced computers.
     

  • Anonymous

    Why does Dell screw up so much???

     

    A sub $2000 (pref $1500)  tablet would have been a killer!! 

  • Anonymous

    After the sticker shock and the shocking lack of support for multitouch, I’m considering waiting for the upcoming Mac. And that is a shock. I was expecting something a $1000 less.

    As I want to develop a multitouch application, this is just too disapointing. Too expensive to buy for development; and worse, too expensive to buy for application deployment.

    And no support for multitouch. Yes, I know it’s difficult to provide software development support for your customers to develop applications on. That’s what I do for a job. But suck it up and get it done. Do you even have a plan for providing developer support?

    Now I get to wait for Apple to come out with their offering. If their offering doesn’t look good, then I’ll just go develop for HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu, or Toshiba tablets and scrap multitouch.

    It’s so sad. Dell scrapped their Dell Axim PDA line, and I’m still developing an app using an Axim 50v bought of craigslist. Killing Axim was a bad move. Pricing and support on this tablet doesn’t look much better. sigh.

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Not only does this laptop not give the option to choose Ubuntu, but it also has a video card from ATi, which has terrible Linux support. On top of that, the price is insanely high, no one in the right mind will buy this tablet pc.

  • Anonymous


    One
    piece of advice I give clients and try to live by myself is: never buy
    a piece of technology that has an expected ROI of greater than 18
    months. I also recommend my SMB clients buy/lease technology that has
    been on the market for at least six to eight months, so it is proven
    (SP1) and has had a chance to depreciate in cost.

    Why would
    someone want to purchase a Dell XP, when they can get a proven Toshiba
    or HP unit for $800-$1,000 less? Most of my clients would be far better
    off spending that money on mobile productivity applications, two years
    of mobile broadband service, training, etc.

    Most
    of the people who require longer battery life are also people who
    need/want a ruggedized form factor, like that found in the Panasonic
    CF-08. Interestingly enough, the CF-08 has a reported 14 hour battery
    life!

    Dell’s experience with the XPS 1710 gaming laptop may have
    clouded its judgment on this new offering. Unlike the gaming crowd, who
    are willing to pay a premium for the fastest and coolest rig available,
    most businesses that I work with, are looking for solutions that
    minimize their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and provide tangible
    value. The Dell Tablet XP misses this mark.

    I’ve thinking about
    buying a tablet PC, to replace the Dell Latitude C640 with 1G of RAM
    and XP Pro, that I purchased off-lease and has served me well for the
    last two years. I’ve enjoyed my Dell and have been eagerly awaiting
    their entry into the Tablet PC market.

    Now that I’ve seen Dell’s Tablet XP, I think I’m going to give up on Dell for my next machine. Sorry Dell, but..

    What I Really Want Is A Vostro 1500T with 2G (4GRAM for < $1,500

  • Anonymous

    DELL: 

    DID YOU READ ANY OF THOSE COMMENTS ON THE POST?

    HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT ANY OTHER TABLET PCS (WELL CHECK THEM OUT BEFORE YOU SAWED THEM IN HALF)?

    THIS IS CRAZY!! 

  • Anonymous

    Lionel it’s good to see you’re taking an interest in helping customers solve problems. But you’ve just passed by a whole page of disgruntled Dell customers without so much as a woopsy-daisy.

     
    What’s your take on peoples opinions to this product so far? I’ve waited a long time for this product to come to market. I’m in the UK which means I’ll have to wait a bit longer. And I’m already disappointed. Very disappointed in what Dell has offered.

     Please tell us the price is a joke right?
     

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    aikiwolfie: I am reading comments and do see the reaction about the pricing. I continue to share this feedback with appropriate teams.

    If and when we have new details to share, we will do it here.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Mark: Thanks for the feedback. In the meantime, take a look at Glenn Keel’s post. The vlog that’s
    part of his post talks about the pressure sensitivity. It’s 256 levels.

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t forget to show off the pressure sensitivity of the Tablet.  I suggest a program such as Autodesk Sketchbook Pro (they have a free trial available) — it emulates pencil, felt pens, ball-point pens, etc.

    I had an opportunity to play with one and it felt just as sensitive in Sketchbook Pro as my Wacom Graphire 3, but I wasn’t putting it through it’s full paces.  The fact that you can see it while you draw right under the pen was a huge plus.

    Not sure I’d ever use the actual touch part of the screen, fingerprints are a bummer.  But the pen part worked pretty darned good.

    I think the artist market (especially the college art student market) is one that this Tablet would really shine in — but perhaps I’ll wait a few months for the price to go down, or for it to hit the Dell Outlet.

    I also wonder if we’ll ever see an Inspiron or Vostro Tablet.  For everyone complaining about the looks — the Latitude line is the base business line.  They need to look professional, not “slick”.  That’s what the Inspiron and XPS lines are for.

  • Anonymous

    $2500 starting price for a pc with horrible specs?  R U Kiddin?

  • Anonymous

    HP’s tablet PC, the tx1000z configured with 2GB RAM, 160 GB Harddrive sells for about $1124. Whoever came up with the price at Dell is out of their mind.

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Does it support multitouch or not?

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    David: The hardware does support multi-touch capability. It’s the software side that will need to catch up to support multi-touch.

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of disappointed: that kind of price combined with currency hedging silliness means that if it even makes its way over to Australia it’ll sell for over A$3000, at least based on other products in the Dell range with similar starting prices.

    I’m disappointed because I could really use a lightweight tablet in my job, but there’s no way that I would be able to justify spending this much when an ASUS Eee PC will achieve the same result with a similar level of performance for around twenty percent of the price, albeit without the touch screen (which is merely a nice-to-have, and certainly not worth four times as much as the rest of the hardware to this user).

    I can totally understand not providing a fast CPU and so on in the name of battery consumption.  However a low-specced system such this is likely most useful for people as a second system; there’s no way that anyone in Australia is likely to be able to justify A$3000 or so on a machine unusable as a primary workhorse.  And if they can, I want their job, but not for the reasons of this tablet. 😉

    Having said that, do you want this little experiment to fail, Dell?  Because if so, this is surely the way to achieve exactly that result, thus “proving” that tablet systems have no utility.  I hope I’m wrong.

    While I recognise a need to recoup the considerable engineering costs involved in making a lightweight tablet with a decent battery life, there’s always the approach of using volume, rather than unit margin, to achieve this.  I don’t know what your margin on these units would be (obviously), but if it’s small even over a few hundred thousand sales then I suggest you need to find alternative component vendors.

  • Anonymous

    I have been waiting 6 months for this to come out and I put off buying my tablet. I’m sorry I waited. $2500 is way too much to spend on this when there are many comparable products out there. I guess I’m going back to buying what I should have months ago. What a disappointment dell.
     

  • Anonymous

    I cancelled the x61 I had on order last summer when it looked like the Dell tablet would soon be a reality. After months of patient waiting, getting hit with the $2500 starting price was a real slap in the face.  I’m a corporate buyer looking for my second tablet.  I haven’t ruled out the Latitude XT yet, but I’m going to have a hard time justifying a purchase price that looks like it’ll be well north of $3000 for a reasonably equipped unit with accessories. That’s why I ruled out the R400.  Please, please, rethink the pricing or offer some really substantial discounts.  Obviously, the sub-$1000 people aren’t being reasonable, but you’ve got to find a way to get the Core Duo unit’s start price under $2000, otherwise I’m going to be forced to do some serious comparison shopping – or wait for the Mac.

  • Anonymous

    What’s up with ULV processors instead of just regular core two duo processors like T7200. Also, how come there’s no 7200 rpm hard drive. And it really needs to be cheaper. Most people don’t care about how light it is. For all I care it can as heavy as 5 pounds.

  • Anonymous

    About time this came to market. But why doesn’t it have Ubuntu as an OS option? If Linux can’t run on it I won’t buy it. Especially for that price which with a rough conversion is £1,220 (UK).

     I’m just not interested in Windows Vista. Period.
     

  • Anonymous

    $2,500? Ha-ha. Goodbye Dell. Hello Lenovo. It’s too bad that this nice system is going to get overshadowed by its horrible price and Dell’s fleecing of its customers. All everyone is talking about is the ridiculous price.

  • Anonymous

    My guess would be that the multi touch is causing the price to be so high.  Any plans on offering a tablet without the multi touch?  Another thing that bothers me is it only has 1 speaker and no DVD drive.  Where is the money going, there isn’t even Vista SideShow?  For $2500 I expected a system that will blow me away, I’m disappointed to say the least. 

    Hopefully Dell will produce a 13.3 inch Latitude hybrid like I have suggested on IdeaStorm.  More processor power, video and sound in a portable package.  Its all about options, pricing and quality.

     http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/66820/Put_some_attitude_into_the_Latitude

  • Anonymous

    Ouch that price is high. I could get two Gateway tablets for that price! I’m  glad I gave up waiting on Dell and bought my C-120x.

  • Anonymous

    I waited and waited for the release of this tablet and planned to order one the day they were released. However, from what I’ve read it seems as though this tablet is half as good but priced twice as high as other tablets currently on the market.  Yes, there are a few redeeming qualities (namely the weight and battery life), but nothing even close to justifying a $2,500 STARTING price.  I hope Dell comes out with a tablet that actually lives up to all the hype and is reasonably priced, however after one like this I’m guessing Dell’s days in the tablet market are going to be short lived.

     I’m disappointed beyond words.

  • Anonymous

    Wow

    $2500

    I am a BUSINESS owner, and waited patiently for months for the Dell tablet. I finally gave up and bought an X61t

     Lets see:

    The Lenovo had a faster processor

    1 GB Ram

    Vista

    3 year onsite with 3 year protection

    100 GB 7200 RPM Drive

    and on and on..

    Price: $2,000

    Dudes, I dont need a Dell with that kind of pricing!

    Perhaps it is a bogus price so they can give big discounts to corporations and look like heroes.

    For a small business like mine, where I have to watch every penny, it is a JOKE.

  • Anonymous

    No linux support?

  • Anonymous

    I was ready to quit buying regular notebooks for my staff and only buy tablets. At this price point, if I want to do that, Lenovo, HP, or Toshiba will get all the business whereas we have been a Dell only shop

     

  • Anonymous

     

    I’m on my 5th tablet, my 6th most likely will not to be dell. 

  • Anonymous

    I bought a fully configured HP 2710p months ago for $1750.  Just for comparison.

  • Anonymous

    If you are on your fifth tablet, there’s a good chance that you’ve had a number of hardware problems and that’s a big reason why Dell stayed out of the tablet market as long as it did.  Warranty costs for tablet PCs are extremely high; a lot of those convertible hinges break and the repair pretty much wipes out any profit on the unit.

    I don’t understand all these messges from people who think they know more about pricing than the folks at Dell.  This is a business.  Dell doesn’t care whether or not you personally buy one; the unit is priced at a level that they think will result in enough profitable sales for Dell, not to make you happy,  

  • Anonymous

    Alot of different reviews out there are saying that this model does not have multi-touch, I’m sure todays expected vlog will help settle that for right now. They’re saying it’s coming out next year. Way to go, Dell. Your head honcho and major pitchman gets up at a conference to show off the tablet, you show off multi-touch capabilities on the tablet, and then you make no mention that it’s actually NOT going to be on the tablet coming out in just a few weeks. It’s like a Steve Jobs announcement, if Steve Jobs was mentally retarded.

    Given the price, I see one of three options now:

    1. Maybe you’ll actually have a substantial discount for students on this tablet. $2499 is more than my housing costs for one semester. Bring it under $2000 for us.

    2. I could easily snag an HP tablet in the next few weeks at my local CompUSA for under $1000 since the price will probably be liquidated into oblivion shortly. It’s not multi-touch but it would be cheap since they’re going out of business.

    3. I could wait for Macworld in mid-January, when it seems almost certain that Apple is going to be unveiling a 13.3 inch, ultraportable, potentially multi-touch tablet, that will most likely dual boot some form of Windows. I wouldn’t be surprised if it sells for below $2499.

  • Anonymous

    When I first heard about the Dell Tablet, I was excited. I have waited for pricing, being told it will be competitve. The wait is over and the pricing is far from competitive. Toshiba came out yesterday with a 12″ multitouch tablet with internal DVD and much better processor offerings at a much better price point. You may BM and Toshiba when they are offering better tablets at lower costs.

    I thought only Apple could get away with a 50% premium over the compitition.

  • Anonymous

    With the move to Electronic Medical Records coming up, the Tablet PC has been the way to go. I had been researching many of the tablets on the market and spoke with my Sales Rep at Dell telling him that I really wished you would make your own Tablets and that I didn’t like only of the units you had for sale from the other companies at that time. We run all Dell PCs and Servers and I have liked the way you design, build,  and support your machines.

    I was ecstatic the day I called to place another order for some new PCs and he gave me the news that you were finally joining the Tablet band wagon.

    After many months of waiting the verdict was out and I read that this tablet had just about everything we were looking for and then some. Unfortunately I just about fell out of my chair when I saw your starting price for a Single Core Powered Tablet at $2600!

    How is a company supposed to justify a large order of tablets where the base price is almost $1000 OVER the competition’s fully loaded Tablets?

    The others I had configured had Core 2 T7300 processors, 2GB Ram, and larger hard drives.

    I could see a Latitude XT fully loaded with a Core 2 Processor, LED screen, Solid state hard drive, and 2 GB Ram for maybe $2500 but not a base model Core Solo!

    Thanks for listening and please don’t ever get rid of the Ultra Small Form factor OptiPlex case, they are the perfect size and design for keeping an area clean and clutter free!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  $2499 plus options.  I wonder what the taxpayers will think…

  • Anonymous

    I really think you guys made a big mistake making the price so high… i was going to buy one but your offering is very underequipped for the price tag and cannot compete with what is already in the market.

     

    I heard you were targeting the education sector with this… I hope you are offering education pricing thats 60% off because no student has that kind of cash! 

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was Dell, not Apple.  I guess Jobs and Co. aren’t the only ones who make overpriced, overhyped hardware. 

     

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe it!  $2500 to start!  No attention was paid to asthetics at all!  The HP tx1000 model has been on the market for almost a year now and is the number 1 rated laptop by consumers.  Even though the TX1000 doesn’t have the multitouch or core 2 a great deal of time was paid to the look and feel of the model.  I thought Dell’s new slogan was, “Now available in beautiful”  This thing is an ugly black box.  Also what good is Windows Pista?  Get Ubuntu running on the thing or even better get Mac OS running on it with virtualization software.  What are you guys thinking?!

  • Anonymous

    @Karen

    1) Is it not possible for Andrew to have had 5 tablets because they have gotten old and obsolete, or perhaps he just likes them and likes to own differet versions? I know the folks at gottabemobile.com have owned a variety of tablets – many more than 5 – not for hardware problems at all.

    2) That’s all fine and well that Dell wants to make a buck. I have no doubt that this number came from some pricing model formula which takes into account all R&D, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing costs as well as projects sales based on demographic figures devised by some marketing research team somewhere in Texas.

    But if Dell is paying attention at all they would realize that 100% of the press this product has gotten has been extreme shock over how expensive it is followed by a declaration of intention not to purchase. Nobody is talking about how light it is. Nobody is talking about how thin it is. Nobody is talking about how it’s the first tablet on the market with multitouch. They’re just talking about it’s an anemic, over priced piece of hardware.

    As a company, you have a sincere problem when all your product does is make the competition seem like a better, more appealing deal. When I look at the XT the first thing I think is “Wow, I can get a comparable or more powerful machine from HP or Toshiba for $1000 less.”

    If Dell released this tablet in a vacuum it would be impossible for any of us to comment on the price, but the fact is Dell released the XT in with firm competition already in place so in order to gain some perspective I have to use that competition as a reference, and what the competition tells me is that Dell has severely overestimated their impact with this offering.
     

  • Anonymous

    Starting price $2,678!!??  Found this link on “engadet.com”

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

    “Product Details” link works; however, “Customize it” is not yet operational.

     So far I can not find a reference to “multi-touch” in the Product Details.

     

  • Anonymous

    Any anticipated Linux support options?

    I would also like to add that everyone keeps comparing this to the Lenovo x61 tablet, however that model does not have a solid state hdd thus the dell is more expensive. I have seen some of the Lenovo tablet configurations sell for over $2800. I plan on owning a Dell tablet, but will wait for the next model so they get all of the bugs worked out and anticipate a price drop.

  • Anonymous

    Wow… sorely disappointed with this release. I could see the technology factor potentially being worth somewhere around $1500-$1900, but $2500? Add to that the 1998 era design factor, and you have a really unattractive proposition to customers. You really dropped the ball on this one Dell. Touch technology does NOT justify a 40-50% premium.

  • Anonymous

    You got to be kidding me. 2500 for the specs? Whatever. I’ll go buy something else. Doesn’t matter if its multi touch, Nothing on the market that takes advantage of it.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Never again: Sorry to hear are not removing you from our mailing list. Feel free to e-mail me directly here—I’ll be happy to make sure we get it done.

     Sorry for the frustration this has caused.

  • Anonymous

    Yup,  I told my Dell Rep to call me first thing this morning so I could order two.  We’re switching to the D430.  Way overpriced (and not a very sexy design)

     LOWER PRICE IMMEDIATELY!  Or have reps discount the heck out of it.

  • Anonymous

    no wonder dell’s stock was down even vista boosted other PC venders.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… The starting price at the Dell web site is $2678 but it won’t let me configure one to see what is included.

    Quite honestly, the price doesn’t bother me; my priorities are weight and screen size.  All the other tablets I’ve looked at are much too heavy.  From what I can tell though, the XTs screen may be a bit too small for my needs so I’ll probably sit tight and wait for the next generation.

  • Anonymous

    Lionel,

    Would you mind explaining Dell’s reasoning in overpricing this underpowered machine?

    Thanks You.

    Sincerely,  

    A Dissapointed ex-Dell Customer who will now be ordering the far superior Lenovo x61t and saving $1,000 at the same time.
     

  • Anonymous

    Hi,

    Will we see a rugged version?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That’s all I can say. $2,500 – to start?!?

    I have an HP 2710P on loan from HP right now. Fully loaded with the slice battery and media base with DVD burner, 2Gb of RAM and 120Gb HD, and I’m still below $2,499. I don’t know who Dell is shooting for with this, but if the discounts aren’t huge for businesses, education, and healthcare industries then they’ll completely miss the boat on this one.

    The one thing the HP doesn’t have is a way to scroll when in slate mode and multi-touch. I’d like those features, but it’s not worth the nearly $1,000 price difference.

    Is Dell even listening to these rants anyway?

     

  • Anonymous

    An absolutely outrageous price for pitiful specs.  I waited four frustrating months thinking they were going to release this thing any day or at least publish the specs, and now that we finally have specs and starting price, I’m more than ticked at Dell.  The only silver lining is that since I waited now I can get the new Toshiba Portege M700.  $1800 gets you 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2MB RAM, 160gig hd, integrated webcam, and an LED backlit touch screen that also works with an active digitizer pen. 

    Like Manifold said, 1/2 a pound isn’t worth over $1000!  Between the M700, the Lenovo x61, and the sundry offerings from HP and Gateway, I’d be suprised if anyone buys this junk.

    Worst. Tablet. Ever.

  • Anonymous

    $2500 is simply to high of a starting cost. I cannot even put into words how disappointed I am at Dell for making us wait so long for a their version of a tablet and now to find out it starts at a price of $2500…it very much angers me.  I feel like they have no idea of what their average customer wanted in terms of an affordable tablet. 

    For shame Dell.

     

  • Anonymous

    I am knowing that the US dollar is not being worth much now, but $2499 only for a tablet? 

  • Anonymous

    But but… The Compaq 2710p has very similar specs and it starts at $900 less! And, it’s hardly any heavier.

     

    This is disappoitning!

  • Anonymous

    The reason people were exciting about this product is they expected it have the usual Dell reasonable prices.  The problem with Tablet PCs, and the reason they haven’t taken off, is they are underpowered and *way* overpriced, and we were excited since we expected Dell to reverse that trend.  Clearly, at $2500 for a Core Solo, you won’t.

  • Anonymous

    @Edwin

    “I plan on owning a Dell tablet, but will wait for the next model so they get all of the bugs worked out and anticipate a price drop.”

    At a starting price of $2500, I don’t think there’s any danger of there being a second generation Dell tablet; they’ve priced themselves right out of the market.

  • Anonymous

    At a minimum the starting price needs to be comparable to HP’s offering, at $1600. It would be excellent if it were lower. From Dell, I expect excellent pricing.

  • Anonymous

    Hey… maybe it comes with the extra battery slice and docking station…

    and a Nintendo Wii 🙂

    and an Xbox 360 …

     

    This release is a JOKE! 

     

  • Anonymous

    $2500. Ouch! I love my samsung Q1 Ultra. Only paid $749.99 at Bestbuy for it. It goes on sale from time to time. Weighs only 1.5 lbs, decent touch screen (not multi touch), 40 GB drive, 1GB RAM, 4 hour standard battery, wifi. Did I mention – highly portable. I was hoping to see a Dell tablet under $1000.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the video being posted?

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Ronnie: The video is posted here.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t dealth much with the Thinkpad X61, but if the X41 is anything to gauge by, I’d stick with Dell’s tablet offering.

    Dell seems to understand something that Lenovo doesn’t – the keyboard better be awesome since there’s no other reason to waste money on a convertible tablet in the first place.  Thinkpad X tablet keyboards are crappy!  (And the X41 performs like a beached whale on tranquilizers.)

    In a nutshell, if you need a notebook, get a notebook.  Otherwise 

    I’d recommend embracing the tablet UI and avoiding a convertible – you can always hook up a compact USB keyboard (and even a nice optical mouse) if you’re in a pinch to do some hardcore data entry.  In other words, go with one of the excellent offerings from Dell’s well-established and very capable tablet subsidiary, Motion Computing.

  • Anonymous

    I looked at the other blog as Lionel suggested we do and I can’t say I’m impressed with the “gestures”. Scrolling through those 3D windows in Vista looked to painfully slow. I couldn’t use a system like that. Is there an option to tweak the scroll speed?

     It should work something like this;

     

  • Anonymous

    Have an M1400, useful. Short battery life. Was watching for a Dell Tablet, as described by  my IT chief. However, 2500.00 kills the deal, cold. Sam’s Club sells an HP 1317 convertible with 2 gig, 160 gig hd, onboard DVD and touch for 1300.00.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know anything about the cost but just about every one I know with a convertible tablet has had to have it repaired at least once and some multiple times.  The users are satisfied with warranty coverage.  That doesn’t make it a viable long run business line.

  • Anonymous

    Too expensive. I’ve waited years for a Dell Tablet, and today I am ordering an HP….

  • Anonymous

    Dell disappointed its loyals with its lousy pricing for Latitude XT launched yesterday.  I waited for this as I needed two sets for us, thinking Dell would give us better specs and value as everyone thought.  With $2,500 starting price, nobody would be loyal to Dell as it is a rip off.  Dell’s v1 tablet launch could not be loyal to its customers by giving them better specs and values than its rivals.This is not a competitive sign for loyal customers.  Now I am thinking of other alternatives but definitely not Dell Latitude XT.

    Dell should justify its pricing strategy, to its customers.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Guys – Just realize, that the Dell people most probably cannot take the price down to a reasonable level…

    My guess is, that supply of the essential parts (Screens?) is not sufficient.

    So what would you do? The release date is postponed over half a year, the masses are waiting for the product…. Solution: Bring it to the market and make a price tag only a few are willing to pay

    This is called “skimming” 

    So it might be disappointing, but lets see how long it takes to ramp up the production…

    In Germany we get this specs/price (students only):

    Für den Produktlaunch bieten wir folgendes Einführungsangebot an:

    • Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 (1,2 Ghz, 2 MB , 533MHz FSB
    • 1x 1 GB RAM DDR 533 MHz – onboard
    • 12,1″WXGA TFT (1.024×800 Pkte)Backlight LED 
    • ATI Radeon X2150 UMA
    • D-Bay DVD-Brenner USB – extern
    • Windows Vista Business 32bit
    • 40GB Festplatte SATA (4.200 rpm)
    • 42Wh Akku
    • Dell True Mobile 1505 Wireless LAN (802.11a/n/g) Mini PCI Card
    • 3 Jahre int. vor-Ort-Service, Business Support
    • Preis: 1.799,00 Euro inkl. MwSt. & versandkostenfrei

     Greetz

    Mic

  • Anonymous

    The thing about this 2500 dollar tablet vs a sub 1000 dollar tablet is this one is actually USABLE.

     

    You can throw a thousand dollars away on a pile. Or invest in something that will make you more productive and has the service and support backing of Dell.

    Remember this is a latitude not an inspiron. 

  • Anonymous

    No GSM/HSDPA. Big, big drawback for me.

    I’m guessing the high sticker price is due at least in part to the capacitive touch screen. I presume it’s significantly more expensive hardware, and being so, I would expect its multi-touch capabilities to be available at launch, in order to help folks get past the high price.

    Ah, well. It’s Dell. I suppose Dell is a strong enough brand name to pull off this thing, but their choice of wireless carriers leaves me cold.

  • Anonymous

    Dell has been an inspiration both from a technical and innovative level.  This is a clear example of how they are evolving, including letting the non-believers bash.  Our company has supported Dell since its infancy and know that it will work through any hiccups in bringing a revolutionary product to market.  Mobile computing is just beginning and MyOnlineToolbox.com specifically targets the millions of contractors (plumbers, painters, roofers) who run their business on paper & pen & cellphone that are just beginning to embrace technology.  There are certain features (such as saving a 1/2 pound) of the new Dell Tablet that simply “hit the nail on the head” as we like to say in the construction industry.  If a nail bends, we are sure Dell will straighten it out.  Brian Javeline 

  • Anonymous

    jervis961,

    Thank you for posting a constructive and polite reply to my original post. I am 100% sure the $2500 tag will be much less when its actually available and should be fully loaded. Also take into consideration the 3 YR Warranty and advanced exchange program available with the Latitude series. While a regular laptop does not always need warranty services, a tablet could very well need it depending on the User. Maybe Dell could offer a cheaper alternative with just 1 Yr Warranty. I know some people who work for Lenovo and it is no where close to the original IBM Thinkpad quality, trust me you are just paying for the label and think it has anything to do with IBM. I am willing to prove my point by buying 2 laptops for the exact same price and or specs and ripping them apart. We can then compare the quality of the components from the very basic case to the motherboard. Also manufacturers like Sony, HP and Lenovo (Not sure about Toshiba) charge you a kidney to repair a laptop or get the right part replaced at a reasonable cost. 

    While this does not apply to the original discussion thread I must congratulate the engineer’s at Sony for designing/inventing laptop’s which die (Motherboard and LCD failure is the most common) shortly after the manufacturer warranty is over. This by itself is an innovation because it takes skills to design something that will go bad after a predetermined time. I have friends with their cute looking VIAO laptops coming to me with similar problems and most of the times its cheaper to buy a new laptop with better specs than replace the screen or motherboard from Sony Support.

  • Anonymous

    aikiwolfie,

    The fine video you have posted from youtube is demonstrating XGL on Linux and yes its very cool. I have it running on an old Latitude D610 at home.

  • Anonymous

    Nice pricing, boys. Does it come with a delay or two?

  • Anonymous

    Well I just read the comments and some of them are constructive while others, sound like Dell is Santa Claus and should offer the best for the lowest possible price. Also I am starting to have doubts about the integrity of the comments as they could be all from Lenovo fanboys 😀 The decision is yours to make, dont buy it if you think the price/features are not right or make suggestions as some people have. 

    No need to cry and reply in an uncivilized way folks. I dont think you all dance and take couple of days off work to celebrate when Dell offers better laptops than so called Lenovo or HP at a better price. You know where to find cheaper laptops than Dell? Circuit City or Best Buy Sunday Ad..Laptop for $299..thats right..and it will last for 299 days too 😀

  • Anonymous

    Still everyone is focused on what’s perceived as too high a price.  But the real deciding factor should be – should you buy a convertible tablet at all?  If you really need a keyboard, then you need a real notebook PC, of which Dell makes many worthwhile models – for far less money.

    If you truly have a need for a tablet PC – that is, a dedicated slate, sans keyboard, then Dell’s subsidiary, Motion Computing has been making very high quality tablets for several years and these will provide more bang for the buck.

    So, if you’re still left feeling that you simply must have a convertible tablet – knowing the numerous sacrifices inherent with that (IMO, pointless) choice – then you really can’t moan & groan too much about the expense.

  • Anonymous

    Passing by –  Are you saying that the XT is a good value at that price?  I think while there may be some here posting for other companies many are offering a comparison of other products to show that the XT is overpriced. 

    Many people have waited on Dell’s release of a tablet. While they may have shown loyalty doing so, they are expressing that loyalty only goes so far.  Dell needs to show why this tablet is worth so much more than the other tablets in the marketplace.

    Lenovo has a reputation of building a solid system and having good support to back up their products.  HP has been doing well with selling cheap systems.    Dell on the other hand is trying to rebuild a reputation of quality products and support.  Just placing a high price on a product doesn’t equate to better quality.  I am looking forward to more news from Dell to prove the value of the system as so far I am not impressed.

  • Anonymous

    I think that $2500 is fully loaded. I received a quote from my dell AM yesterday and i chose almost all of the best parts and it was around $2200. Everyone needs to keep in mind that these are all coming with 3 year warranties. It not like ordering from Dell home where you can get the 1 year mail in warranty for alot cheaper that the 3 year Next business day. And as with any new product you are going to have to pay to play.

  • Anonymous

    When I purchased my HP TC1100 I ponied up over $2800 for the system including the docking station and optical drive. It paid for itself within a year based on productivity gains when leveraging the Tablet UI.

    I’m reserving judgement on the XT until I get my hands on one.

  • Anonymous

    Dev, I haven’t had the battery issues you describe with our LE1400 & LE1600 tablets. And we’ve had good experience with the battery life on our aging Compaq tablets too.

    I’d prefer to simply connect a full-sized keyboard to a slate tablet PC for the times when text-heavy entry is required. But again, that’s not really playing to the strengths of the tablet platform.

  • Anonymous

    Passing by (and rob also)- Thanks for the reply.  I wish this site didn’t take so long posting comments as it kills a good discussion.  I enjoy a good debate more than some of the other postings I’ve read here.  🙂

     Anyway back to the XT vs Lenovo.  I understand your points and the Dell may be a fine product but the video does not do it any justice.  I was bored to death and cringed watching the Vista flip where he had to do a flick for each screen advance. 

    People looking for a tablet online will not know the differences between them except for specs and price which make the XT seem overpriced.  I can put together a Lenovo with 3 year warranty, multi touch and much better specs for $1000 less than the XT.  I’m sure the XT touch screen is more expensive but over $1000 more??  Until Dell clarifies exactly what the price includes and can better express the superiority of the XT customers will be running to the competition. 

    I personally wouldn’t buy the XT not only because of the price and specs but because I do not need a touch screen.  I do want the swivel screen and smaller form factor though.  Hopefully Dell will make a product that fits my needs in the near future.  Here is a link to what I’m looking for, or at least what my dream system would be.

      http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/66820/Put_some_attitude_into_the_Latitude

  • Anonymous

    Jervis, I can’t quibble with you on Lenovo’s having good support to back up their products, but I certainly can take great exception to the contention that their tablet offerings are especially solid or a good “bang for the buck” value. I’ve never understood why so many reviewers lavished such praise on the X41. If they had to actually use and/or support Lenovo’s tablets, I suspect they’d be singing a much different song.

    The Stinkpad X41 ‘vert tablet was a bloated sack o’ crap. Despite having specs that would suggest otherwise, the performance was pathetic. This is the difference between what looks good on paper versus real world results. Not only was performance painfully bogged down, but the keyboard was quite subpar – a glitch they still haven’t learned to overcome – and even the stylus felt quite cheapie compared to those bundled with Compaq & Motion tablets.

    So, as others have said, I’d rather pay a premium price for a Dell tablet that’s actually usable than a Lenovo one that’s only good when it’s powered off.

  • Anonymous

    Rob O’Daniel: 

    If you have to ask why someone would need a convertible, you don’t understand the concept. There are times when a pen interface makes sense, and times when a keyboard is essential. Part of the drive for tablets in general is the fact that people want compute in more places and in more ways, something which a convertible enables. A thin and light convertible like this device is indeed very sensible, and as light and smaller than motion’s LE series with the convertible snap-on keyboard which many users carry. Also, users have every right to complain about the price when it is high compared to competing products – convertible vs slate is not the issue.

    As an LE1600 user myself, I can tell you that the Motion devices don’t really give you as much bang for the buck as they are hyped for. They have horrible battery life, and in three generations of the product nothing has been done to improve this. Mine can’t even quite last through a two hour meeting so I’m always tethered to a wall. The keyboard options are large, clumsy, and fragile – the convertible breaks easily and takes too long to set up and dismantle, while the field kit is too large for a meeting and comes with the single worst trackball I have ever used. The LE1700 was released at a time when battery life should have been improved, express card added, weight decreased, etc., but instead the only real changes were CPU and (minor) cosmetics. Also, there is still no replacement for the aging LS800, which would have a serious chance in my business with a 1024×768 screen, a better CPU, and practical battery life. The C5 is a promising specialized medical product, but is taking months to get to the customer so we haven’t even had a chance to truly test it (I know, I’ve been waiting).

     

  • Anonymous

    I think the lesson Dell should take from this is it doesn’t matter what new fancy technology you are introducing, there’s only so much people are willing to pay for a notebook primarily targeted at the business community.

    It would seem Dell has crossed that threshold and needs to rethink it’s pricing. 

  • Anonymous

    yeah, Good luck with that.

     Glad my wife’s taking the buyout package @ big D. With pricing like this it is evident that Dell has lost touch with their market and aren’t going to be heading back up anytime soon.

    It remains to be seen if this will be at all better than the Lenovo’s. It definately isn’t going to be $800 better than the lenovo. Just for persepective, I could buy a lenovo, AND a Gateway tablet (on one of their many sale days) for the price of this.

     Looks like the Marketing genius’ just wasted untold engineering man hours on a product that will fail at this price point. Unfortunately, they aren’t just a little bit off either. If they HAVE to sell at this price point to make profit, that means when it doesn’t sell, and they try to have massive price reductions to sell them at cost, they still won’t be able to get rid of them.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I’m just amazed at this. I had to post again. I was fired up to really evangelize this product at the UT business school, with my fellow students. Yes, In Dell’s own town, but since it is a fairly highly regarded business school, I would hope that no one with the ability to get in, would plop down the $$$ for this at this price point. It just doesn’t make solid business sense. (nor is it practical to expect the average college student to be able to afford one.) It’s almost as if Dell doesn’t realize that there are other tablet PC options available.

    Yes, there are niche business markets that will want to use a tablet pc for their particular business, but the Killer “app” or in this case, demographic, is students. Think of how many high school thru Graduate students there are in the world, if you want to imagine the potential market.

    I used a Compaq TC1000 slate for a semester, and even with that REALLY slow transmeta processor, it was the “Killer” Student tool. All I carried to school some days, was the tablet. I scanned in art history and Greek artifact slides from my text books, made Ink Flash cards. etc. With more and more of my text books also including the study materials on PDF on a CD included with the book, this becomes more practical every semester.  I think this is the market they really want, The educational user.

     There is talk about every student having a laptop, and wouldn’t Dell want that to be one of theirs? Not at this price point. If this is the cheapest they could build a single core machine with no optical drive, then where is their supply chain breaking down? Unless they end up like Sony, with the price cutbacks that were made on the PS3, I don’t see an “Out” here for Dell. They can’t really take features away to allow price cuts, as the features listed are not putting them in the lead as Sony’s technology is. 

    Dell just doesn’t  have the same reputation that they once had for quality and customer service that allowed them to price their product higher than their competitors.

     I would also be surprized if when Apple’s tablet comes, if it prices above $2k. They will want, and likely get, the education market back. They have the reputation for quality, durability, and customer service that schools require when bugeting, and the coolness factor for the students purchasing them on their own. I think Dell just gave the education market back to Apple. It’s going to be a very interesting two years I imagine.

  • Anonymous

    just why is it so expensive…that is all I ask…is it a $1000+ premium just for multitouch, a feature that is completely useless in every way due to a lack of software?  If so, do you seriously think consumers will pay $1000+ for it?

     

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps the key on pricing is that the machine is targeted for the Healthcare Industry?  At $3,000/day per hospital room times 20 rooms or whatever times 365 days a year, a doc or nurse might use the machine, 2.5k to 3k for a medical data input device would be a drop in the bucket.

  • Anonymous

    Boy am I dissapointed.

    I’m a small business owner in health care and have all DELL computers and Dell servers.  I have a couple of OLD Dell laptops (Inspiron 8100) which I still use.  However when it come to the tablet PC market I have been very dissapointed with Dell.  3 or 4 years ago when I wanted a tablet for clinical charting, I bought an ACER TravelMate C300 Tablet PC (which I love) because of the 14″ screen and the convertability of the screen.  I’m actually using it right now to leave this comment.  I have had no trouble with the hinge.  I only sent it in one time to have the backlight repaired.  A couple of years later when Dell still had no Tablet PC (and I don’t like Motions tablets) I bought another Acer TravelMate Tablet PC (which I have never had repaired and works great).  Despite what other people think, I like Windows Vista.  My newer Acer, although designed for Vista runs really slow.  I’m ready for a Tablet PC that had a core 2 processor and can run Vista well.  Dell’s new Tablet is a real disapointment.  Why would you build a laptop with no optical drive?  There is a huge difference in a 12″ and a 14″ display.  Acer quit making the convertable Tablets and now only offer a 12″ slate (which I don’t like).  Why can’t Dell (or almost everybody else) make a larger screen Tablet.  Why are the hard drives so low RPM’s?  Why can’t the solid state drives be larger capacity?  I would really like a much faster processor.  I waited a long time for a Dell Tablet.

     

    Now I guss I will have to wait a little longer.

  • Anonymous

    It sounds unreal but it’s real. I bought a special priced new Toshiba Tecra M7 for $1025 two days ago. I could upgraded it to 4G RAM for $89. It has equipped with everything I wanted.

    Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83G), 1G RAM, 100G S-ATA HDD, 14.1″ (1440×900) WXGA,  Super-Multi-DVD Drive, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M Graphics TurboCache 256M VRAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g Wireless LAN, Bluetooth with EDR, 56k Modem, Gigabit LAN, PC Card Slot, USB2 x 4, IEEE1394, 5in1 Card Reader, Windows XP Tablet PC Ed. 2005, 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery, 2.7kg, 3-year Parts & Labor, 1-Year Battery International Limited Warranty.

    If Dell could offer the same price I would give Dell a chance, but now may be next chance. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me that’s missing something or has this tablet been taken down from Dells web site?

  • Anonymous

    Rob O’ Daniel: at the very best, the LE1600 gets under 3 hours (its claimed battery life) with a standard battery – that’s with wireless off and light usage. As I said, I get under two (with heavy wireless usage and a year and a half’s wear on the battery). Hopping between meetings, that’s just not enough. The extended battery adds too much weight and size. It’s not just me either, my boss is experiencing the same thing, and she has significantly more meetings than I do, making it that much more frustrating.

    The XT by contrast claims a best case 5 hours, which should at least provide someone like me with 3.5-4 hours of usage. That’s quite a bit more practical, though 5-6 would be ideal. It’s a real concern to business users, and that’s why it gets enough voice that Dell chose the components it did on the XT.

    Also, I think you may share a comon misconception – that someone can’t use and appreciate the “tablet experience” if they don’t use it for inking, and in slate mode all the time. If inking were truly the experience everyone wanted in computing, tablets would be far more popular than they are. I hate inking, my handwriting is awful and slow, and neither I or anyone else should have to go back and read it later. However, I really enjoy using tablets and pen based screens. It’s a great interface, and highly convenient for web browsing and light application usage on the go. It’s great for design work, both CAD and graphical, as well as photo management and touchup. It’s great for teaching and presenting while making on-screen annotations, and discarding the obnoxious laser pointer. It has a number of practical applications in point of sale, medical/dental, inventory, etc. that also don’t necessarily require text entry most of the time, but are far more efficient and convenient with a tablet screen. For a number of people, all of the above experiences are benefited by a keyboard when text entry is needed while wrapping up what you are doing at the nearest convenient flat surface, or even on your lap on the couch, which you can’t do with many slate keyboards.

    This depends on personal preference of course, but there is a reason convertible tablets and umpcs with keyboards are significantly more popular than slate designs, and it seems inappropriate to assume that people are buying these without understanding what a tablet is all about. Yes, there are people who do, especially those not spending their own money, and just looking for the coolest gadget. However, there are others like myself, a number of tablet-toting jouranlists across the web, and Microsoft VIPs who have spent all the time necessary in the tablet PC environment and then some, and know that a convertible is a more practical option for them.

    The short point is that you can’t just say “If you really need a keyboard, then you need a real notebook PC” – that is too narrow and personal of a view, especially considering the current state of the market.

     

    Heck, the convertible design is even great for watching a movie in coach with the screen reversed, something you can’t do with a slate without toting along some form of stand. 😉
     

  • Anonymous

    Jim Lewis: I work in the healthcare industry, and I can tell you that this price for this particular product doesn’t cut it there either, not in the current economy. The Motion tablets are more practical for bedside and fixed mounts due to all the accessories and mounts available for them through companies already providing hardware to the medical market (Ergotron for example). That leaves the XT targeting the end user, and no one besides your executive officers will get the budget approval for this when you can get a laptop for $1100-$1500 (in contract, properly configured).

  • Anonymous

    I was so looking forward to this and then came news that it wouldn’t work with our existing docking stations ( I use dual screens and really like the DPort with an additional graphics card )

    Then came the price 

    Wasted 6 months waiting for this and am now going to another vendor after 7 years of Dell

  • Anonymous

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

    TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS

    THAT”S GOOD ONE.

    GO DELL!  

  • Anonymous

    DELL

    I called and spoke to a sales rep on the 11th. The day the XT was supposed to be released! The “Sales Rep” took down my name and number and told me it wasn’t released yet, that he was expecting the release on the 13th and that he would call me back.

    Today is the 16th. No word and from what I can tell, no release yet.

    WHY?

    I’m having second thoughts about the purchase. I’ve owned Dell before. I liked it…but….

    Your CFO used to be the CEO of the Airline I’m a pilot at.

    I thought the specs of this product would meet my needs and expectations in a “tablet pc”, but your product release has something to be desired. Like most here, the PRICE is WAY OUT OF LINE for what you’re offering.

    I have no intension of adding money to Don Carty’s pockets, he took enough in the past.

    Get the product released and get your pricing in order, or lose valued customers. Not a good plan in todays economy.

    If your delay is from Marketing who is trying to “right price” this product, I’ll wait. If the delay is for no other reason… For getta about it!

    http://www.airlinecrew.com

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why people keep comparing the Latitude XT to HP’s tx1000z series.  Their pretty radically different machines.  While the Latitude XT is a capacitive (mult-touch?) laptop, the HP tx1000z is a resistive touchscreen machine, which introduces all kinds of potential problems when inking on it for a long period of time (having to apply pressure to ink = bad, as does palm rejection).  More accurate comparison would be to the Lenovo x61t (that quite a few people are comparing it against), the Gateway C-120X, or Toshiba’s new M700 convertible tablets that have active digitizers from Wacom overlayed with resistive touchscreens for touch usage.  It still wouldnt be an apples to apples comparison, but at least you would be in the range of tablets that had active digitizers and supported touch.  Comparing the XT to the tx1000z is like comparing apples to cockroaches.

    Given that though, I still think it is way too high priced if the starting price is $2,500.  I understand the cost of new technology would be high.  You using N-Trig’s panel, which we already know is probably not in high production because of the dropped deal with Motion Computing on the LE1700 write-tocuh, resulting in an increase in price.  Also, this is a really thin tablet, and has weight and size go down, price goes up.  Saying that though, I don’t think the $1000 price difference over standard (non-touch convertible tablets) is easy to take.  I would like to say it is not justified, but it may be depending on how costly the parts are and how much R&D went into this thing.  But at that price point, I don’t see you guys selling many of these XTs to business (even medical), let alone to individuals and students.  I would assume maybe $300-$500 (at tops) premium over existing tablets on the market.  Given that you can grab a base Gateway C-120X for $1050 right now that has both proven Wacom active digitzer technology and touch via a resistive screen, it’s a really hard price to swallow.  Let alone all the other competition you have that clears under the $2000 mark quite easily.

    I really like what I’m seeing of the Latitude XT.  I think it will be a great product…, but sadly not a product for me.  With a price point that high, I can’t justify the cost of such “pricey new” technology.  Someone way more rich then I is going to have to swallow the cost of new technology.

    I really hope that as one of those posters had mentioned that the $2500 price point is on the top end of configuration for the XT and not the base.  For the record, I was hoping Dell would release their tablet at the $1500 base price point to be competitive with others in the market right now (and they would have had my cash in a heartbeat if it was price there).

    -Charlie

  • Anonymous

    Charles,

     I haven’t a clue what the difference is between capacitive or restrictive touchscreens as you mention in your post, all I care about and I suspect most would is:

    1. they are both touchscreens
    2. you can “write” on both screens
    3. they are both tablets

    the technology difference in the type of touchscreen I suspect most people wouldn’t care about or be aware of.

    With that said, you then mention it would be closer to the x61 in that type of technology and Dell’s STARTING price being $500 over the x61’s “well equipped” price makes it absurd. You could almost buy 2 x61’s well equipped for the same price as one well equiped Dell XT and you could definetely buy 2 base model x61’s for the same price as one well equipped XT.

    I know you recognized the price problem in your post, I’m just saying that the HP is a touch screen too and I doubt most would know of any difference in the type of technology used in the machine for a touch screen.

    Again, Dell needs to bring that price point down to starting at say $1,399 or somewhere in there and “well equipped” at around $2,300 tops or they’re going to have serious problems selling these things.

  • Anonymous

    Charles, people are complaining about the price because the hardware specification for this product is much lower than one would expect for this price point. The only thing Dell are offering to justify this ridiculous price is the capacitive touch technology which isn’t supported by any application software to date.

    So we’ll basically be paying for something with no immediate or even guaranteed benefits.

    I’m personally annoyd that Dell seem to have gone out of their way to make this system as incompatible with Linux as possible. Even though they have declaired to the world they are commited to Linux on the desktop PC, Linux is still treated like the poor cousin hidden away in some secrete dark corner.

    Both the Latitude XT and the XPS One both use ATI graphics as standard. ATI still have issues with Linux. The driver is well FUBARed and doesn’t work properly.

    If cost is the problem here’s a tip for Dell. Take a hit in the profits margin. Put customers before shareholders. Absolutely no technology company should be expecting to make a profit from a first generation product that introduces “revolutionary” technology.

    The profits come later after you’ve converted a share of the market to your product. By that time you should be on your second or third generation of that product.

  • Anonymous

    $2,500?… Seriously?  Like everyone mentioned, I have put off buying one for a semester but I can’t possibly pay that much for technology that is far from being practical just yet.  If you could release a cheaper tablet without multi-touch and stuff…. I have really liked dell in the past in terms of pricing and everything, so this must be some sort of a joke….

     

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully Dell will release more information saying the price includes 4 years of all their top support options and the real base price with one year warranty is actually much less. (hint hint)

     Back to the Lenovo comparison:

    1.  It also has “multi-touch”

    2.  Comes with better specs

    3.  They have been out for a while and have promotional pricing at times that bring a well equiped tablet down to around $1600 with a 3 year warranty.

    If Dell insists on keeping the insane price on the multi-touch tablet at least put out a lower priced model without it for customers who just want a tablet.  Call it the XT-L or something. 

     

  • Anonymous

    jervis961: “multi-touch” means the ability to reliably recognize and track multiple contacts on the screen at the same time (2+ fingers). The Lenovo does not have this feature. The feature they share is the ability to use either pen or touch, which is a different thing.

     

  • Anonymous

    Wow, the link to the choose the lattitude XT just goes to a generic broken link page.

     Did I wake up today and Dell is now being run by absolute amateurs?

     
    Pretty  bush league for a multi-billion dollar company. It is looking more and more like Dell wasn’t ready for this, and seem to be having some sort of Engineering/Marketing disconnection that is pretty uncharacteristic for them.
     

  • Anonymous

    Motion Computing is a privately held company, not a subsidiary of Dell, despite being located in Austen, Texas, and that the company is a bunch of former Dell employees 🙂

  • Anonymous

    devwild:  Lenovo’s site gives the option of multi-touch screen.  That is where I got that from.  Even if it doesn’t have the function it is still a better deal as there is no multi touch software available.

  • Anonymous

    Dell as the customization module up for pricing out the XT. I configured a fairly high end one with on-site and protection:

     $3,400!

     Yes, you can configure it for a lot less, but this one has similar spects to my X61T that I bought from lenovo for $2,000.

    Since Lenovo is oriented to business users, there is no justification for this price point. Perhaps a huge company that orders 10,000 laptops will get a big break, but for anyone else..it makes no economic sense, and Lenovo’s machine is far more powerful to boot.

  • Anonymous

    Just bought 30 XT Tablets – for under $1900.00 each! They are an outstanding bargain. We also have a seed unti on the way and are looking forward to playing with it before giving it to the doctors.

     

    🙂

  • Anonymous

    My guess is Dell “pulled an iphone” and there will shortly be a rebate for both people who purchased a Latitude XT.  That will be followed by a general price reduction after which tens of thousands will be sold.

  • Anonymous

    I remember the latitude XT “teaser” videos, where a chainsaw was put upon some of the older tablets on the market.

    At $2500 bucks for a core solo with 1 gig and no accessories, Dell just put that saw to its own neck. 

    Too bad.

     

     

     

     

  • Anonymous

    Our company also ordered 1 for trial use at $2300 but had the 4 year service plan which was an extra $300. Maxed specs out except the SSD and only 2 Gig RAM. It is really a bargain for businesses who deal with Dell on a regular basis. Unfortunately, regular people have to pay $2,800 on average without the service plan. And of course, we all have to wait till Jan 18 before they ship out.

    I wouldn’t worry too much on price. Its MSRP. And anyone who shops Dell knows they discount a lot. I’ve seen $900 Inspirons sell at $600. Just be a little patient. The XT should be selling at $2000 level before long.  

  • Anonymous

    Bob, why should anyone have patience regarding a price drop from Dell? This product was overpriced by $1000, they intentionally delayed the market so that others wouldn’t by the competition’s product. They are delaying shipping. They are delaying bringing to market a good product. Dell already delayed 5 years to get into the Tablet PC market.

    There is no reason for loyalty to Dell. Forget them and buy a real Tablet PC. 

     

  • Anonymous

    I’m have to admit to whining because they released a business tablet, not a consumer/student one.

    Unless they found a stash of transmeta processors, they can’t really lower the specs on this, it’s already a $500 laptop with a $2000 tablet screen. That kind of doesn’t leave them an out to produce a lower cost machine, unless they have a Wacom screened follow up in the works.

    Makes one wonder who’s friends with the board at N-Trig.

     

  • Anonymous

     price of Dell tablet is too high. I have HP tc4400 and MacBook Pror and would prefer a lower priced tablet from  Apple.

  • Anonymous

    I think the $2,500 is worth it if there is an intelligent multi-touch system, meaning, you’re able to rest your palm on the screen while writing, without getting any interference / vectoring from your palm.

    I believe other computers like the Lenovo X61 are not able to pull this off. If the XT is able to pull this off, then I think the extra price is worth it; especially if you are able to tilt your pen at an angle, and write as you would on a piece of paper! 

    Being able to rest your palm on the screen, and tilt the pen in a natural fashion are both valuable traits. I assume this is what the XT is going to provide, and is the reason why it costs as much as it does.

    As an undergrad and future law school student, I’m looking for a better way to take notes. If the XT can provide what I think it’s going to provie, I’m going to buy one. 

  • Anonymous

    Price is down. My DELL rep in CANADA just quoted me a loaded machine as here. On the site it was 3500.00, quote 2433.00. SO FINALLY THEY ARE LISTENING

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  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Dell hasn’t helped their competition more than themselves by releasing the XT with this strategy.  We are a big laptop consuming family with 7 purchases in the past 3 years between the 4 of us.  4 of those have been Dells and we have enjoyed Dell’s service options.  I was so excited about a Dell tablet coming out that I convinced myself to upgrade to a new toy from my 1yr old toshiba tablet even though it works great.  Then I was so bummed out by the price Dell’s asking that I ended up shopping around and buying a Lenovo instead.  It’s phenomenal by the way…it will take a lot of work for us to switch back to Dell now that we have had such positive experiences with toshiba and ibm tablets.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe my daugther and wife will want a pink one if Dell decides to customize colors for the xt (that was their primary motivation for buying each of their last laptops, and now they want tablets).

  • Anonymous

    I have had the XT for a little over a week. Company bought it so the price was'nt a problem. Very nice machine.

  • Anonymous

    I have had a high-end XT for over two weeks now, overall I would rate it as Very Good. I purchased the XT with a 64 GB SSD and 3 GB of memory, and I have been using it as my primary computer since it arrived on January 16th. I have the mediabase, and I have a 20" Dell monitor plugged into it, running at 1600 x 1200 resolution. I was a little concerned about the built in ATI graphics, but it drives the external monitor wonderfully, and when in tablet or notebook mode, the 1280 x 800 resolution is very easy to view.

    The only issue I have noticed thus far has been that the N-Trig driver does not load properly when the XT boots when connected to the mediabase? Not sure about this problem, I have the latest driver and I have re-imaged the machine from the included VISTA DVD to ensure a clean system.

    For all of you on this blog that have complained about the price, please keep in mind this is not a consumer computer. That is why it is branded in the Latitude line, and not the Inspiron line. Dell is not targeting the consumer with 7 purchases in the past three years, they are targeting folks like me, who manage an IT department for a school jurisdiction of close to 11,000 users (9800 students and over 1,000 staff). We purchase approximately 250 computers a year (both Mac and PC), and all of our PC purchases are either Latitudes (for notebooks, and now tablets), or OptiPlex (for our desktops). If you are a home user, you likely are better off buying your consumer model tablet. For us, the Latitude XT will certainly be the model by which tablet PCs are measured.

  • Anonymous

     hopefully for the property tax payers in Ron's state/district, he has more sense than to overpay by $1k per tablet for technology with questionable merit/use.

  • Anonymous

    I buy only Dell for my office.

    I have been a Latitude fan for years. I have been waiting for the tablet for some time. I had planned on buying one. I have to say. it's under powered and I was hoping for a bit more. I need a docking station with the capability of 2 additional monitors and a built in camera. Today I answered the Dell survey on security. I please that Dell is interested in my business concerns. I hope Dell fixes the XT before I need my next computer. I would love to replace my Latitude D630 for an XT but I can not power.

    Dell please give me an XT with the D630 specs, Add a built in web cam and two aditional monitor capability from the docking station and you will have me.

    Thanks, Trying to stay a Loyal Dell consumer

  • Anonymous

     First I waited for the ATG620 to be overall improved in functionality and lighter, too. The ATG630 finally came: slightly better, still not spillproof, older conectivities and interfaces.

    Whoa! Then the XT Tablet arrived! I was very excited!

    Then I read the reviews, the specs, and finally the cost. (Cough) Utter Disappointment. Ridiculous for last year's and the year before's technology.

    I wanted this to be a specifically business rugged laptop/tablet: light, somewhat durable (how about a spilled drink or sudden spring shower?), have every state-of-the- art connectivity, longer battery life and the big one: the outdoor screen. Not too much, you would think. Hmm. Guess it IS too much, for Dell Hey, even HPs have Altec Lansing stereo speakers on their tablets!

    So, am considering the back ups now: the Panasonics, the new Toshibas, etc; any and all and that can physically and technically handle a whole day of normal activities in this year 2008, are quite viewable anywhere/any time and don't require a credit line with the company to buy one.

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone tell me why they will not allow a single person to purchase this tablet pc on their own? I called to purchase one and was told unless i had a business account with a tax id number i couldnt purchase it period.

    I dont get it?!

    Any explanation for this????

     

     

  • Anonymous

    If you drop the price about $1,000 and add a built in GPS unit it might be useful for mapping. I would never pay that much for a laptop with those specs. Sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Has the XT got multitouch capabilities yet (drivers etc) ?

  • Anonymous

    please tell me all the costs of laptops which are not so costly.

  • Anonymous

    I own one of these.

    I have constant issues with it:

    * Touch doens't work properly

    * Buttons to rotate screen from portrait to landscape don't work

    * I have to touch the screen with the stylus about 1" to the right of where I really want to click because the screen pointer and stylus aren't in sync

    * Whether it switches to portrait when I turn the screen around and cover the keyboard is totally random

    As a pc it's great – as a tablet – it's shocking.

    I don't know whether it's because I re-installed it with Vista (which came with it) – and Vista is the problem.

  • Anonymous

    wow, what a rip off, hp produces far superior tablets at half the price, don't know what dell was thinking with this one, hope they get it right the second time around.

  • Anonymous

    I just picked one up from Dell Outlet for $799 plus shipping…  At that price its more than worth it.