Dell on Tuesday made its first foray into the tablet PC market, unveiling the 1.6 kilo, 12.1 inch Latitude XT.
The convertible tablet can be used with a keyboard and mouse, but also has a touch screen that can be manipulated with a finger or a stylus. The tablet has an optional daylight viewing panel for both indoor and outdoor use, as well.
"Dell's plan to enter the tablet PC market will help promote the platform among its large number of customers and help facilitate the product category to go mainstream," said Doug Bell, an analyst at IDC, in a statement.
Dell's move into the tablet PC market comes just weeks after reports appeared showing that Hewlett-Packard's third-quarter sales totals extended its already substantive lead over Dell.
Dell, however, isn't sitting around waiting for its numbers to magically improve.
Last week, the company announced it will soon begin selling its desktop and laptop computers at Best Buy Co. stores in the US, extending its push into the retail world in its apparent attempt to mount a stronger challenge to rival HP. Dell has long depended only on direct sales channels to sell its computers for many years, but the company began branching out into retail outlets last summer when it started selling computers in Wal-Mart in the US.
Now Dell is taking on the tablet PC market.
The Latitude has capacitive touch capability, which senses the touch of a finger with no pressure required for the system to recognie input, according to Dell. It also has an optional docking base, a 120 GB hard drive and up to 9.5 hours of battery life.
The Latitude XT has a list price of US$2499.