updated 01:25 pm EST, Mon January 26, 2009
Dell XT2 tablet specs out
The replacement for Dell's XT tablet PC is forthcoming, and the computer maker has posted the specs and service manual for the convertible notebook recently. Major changes include switching to an integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics chipsets from the original computer's ATI video hardware, and there will now be a 1.8-inch SATA hard drive. The ExpressCard slot will now take smaller 34mm cards instead of the original's 54mm slot. The XT2 will support up to 5GB of memory, a useful bump from the original's 3GB capacity.
Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo processors will continue to be offered, and the screen will remain the same 12.1-inch LED-backlit LCD with 1280x800 resolution that supports both touch and stylus inputs.
Claimed weight is 2.2lbs, which represents a drop of about 1.4lbs from the previous model. Because of the significant decrease, it is believed the standard 4-cell or optional 6-cell battery is not included in this number.
Otherwise, one of the three included USB ports is dubbed PowerShare, and allows users to charge portable electronic devices even when the tablet PC is turned off. One thing taken away was the programmable shortcut e-mail button. Models equipped with the optional wireless broadband radios will have an antenna bump on the top corner of the display in contrast to a lift tab in the middle of the edge of the screen in the previous version.
Despite the availability of the service manual and specs, Dell has not provided pricing or release information for the Latitude XT2. [via GottaBeMobile]