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Dell introduces multi-touch to Tablet PCs (with video)

Posted on 15-Jul-2008 10:58 | Filed under: News

Dell has announced the industry’s first convertible tablet with multi-touch capabilities on the Dell Latitude XT. Customers can download the multi-touch module from Dell's support website starting tomorrow.

The company is also expanding its solid state drive (SSD) range with availability of a 128 GB drive and said it will announce its next generation Latitude laptops in the coming weeks.

“We introduced the Latitude XT as a revolutionary product in the tablet space,” said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. “Today Dell is taking that commitment to a new level with multi-touch functionality. We plan to finish this year with 50 percent more products in our laptop portfolio and deliver innovation our competitors can’t match.”

Multi-touch capabilities include the ability to scroll by placing two fingers on the screen and moving them horizontally or vertically customers can easily navigate in web browsers and productivity applications; zoom by touching the screen with two fingers and moving them together to zoom in and out on content such as pictures or Web pages.

Customers can program a command, such as launching a Web browser or turning the screen off to save power, that will respond to two taps with two fingers.

Dell’s integration of multi-touch allows customers to use the full real estate of the screen, as opposed to just the touchpad like the Voodoo Envy 133 and Apple MacBook Air, and works with productivity applications they use every day, such as Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Google Earth, etc.

The free upgrade is easy to install with a Dell wizard that walks customers through the download process.

Also announced was the new 128 GB SSD that starts at US$649 and is available tomorrow in the U.S. on Dell Precision and Latitude systems. The drive will be offered on XPS and Alienware systems from next week.

The new drive offers double the capacity of Dell’s 64 GB ultra-performance SSD offering for the same price.

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