Dell Latitude XT2: 12.1″ Multitouch Tablet PC

Dell Latitude XT2 Specifications

Display: 12.1″ Capacitive Multitouch TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
CPU: 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 ULV SU9400 (Centrino 2 “Montevina” chipset)
OS: Windows Vista 
Price: Starting at US$2,399

Dell Latitude XT2 12.1

Dell’s Latitude XT2 is version 2 of the original Latitude XT. According to Dell, the XT2 is the first tablet PC to feature multitouch capabilities. The XT2 has a bit more horsepower underneath: 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 ULV SU9400, a Centrino 2 chipset, a maximum RAM capacity of 5GB DDR3. The 12.1″ LED-backlit LCD is twice as bright as the previous version and sports a 1280 x 800 pixel format.

The multitouch capability is a first on a table PC and uses N-Trig’s DuoSense technology. Two finger gestures all work right out of the box: pinching (zooming), panning, scrolling, rotating, etc. Laptop Magazine expresses the capacitive LCD navigation as “smooth as butter” and “more responsive” than HP’s Touchsmart Tx2.

Multitouch is here to stay. It flattens the layers between human and machine interaction. We have a sense of direct control over not only the interface but the media itself: pictures, maps, etc. It is probably a good time to develop a brand new OS centered around multitouch capability and I hope many software developers will help us navigate, manipulate, and create new media by developing great multitouch applications.

Source: Laptop Magazine via Engadget

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