Dell Launches Multi-touch Latitude Tablet PC

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Dell Tuesday launched a new convertible tablet PC that brings integrated touchscreen capabilities to its Latitude notebook family.

The new Latitude XT2 packs a 12.1-inch multi-touch screen with features akin to those so popular on devices such as the Apple iPhone and Hewlett-Packard's TouchSmart desktop and notebook PCs. With the new capabilities, XT2 users can employ gestures such as pinch or tap to zoom, scroll and rotate their way through images and applications.

Dell offered multi-touch capabilities on its predecessor XT tablet PC for users via a downloadable driver from Dell's support site. The DuoSense driver technology, offered by Israeli firm N-trig, now comes integrated in the XT2.

Dell in a statement said the technology enables customers to use the full real estate of the XT2's display.

The XT2 comes with a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2-GHz or 1.4-GHz processors and up to 5GB of DDR3 memory. It also offers a selection of hard drive options, including 80-GB and 120-GB hard drives, or a 64-GB solid state drive.

The system promises up to 11.5 hours of battery life when its 6-cell battery and optional 6-cell battery slice are used.

Pricing for the Latitude XT2, available now, starts at $2,399.

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