Finally! Solid information has started coming out about Dell’s entry into the Tablet PC market. ZDNet Asia/UK has quite a bit of information, after talking to Dell’s director of client marketing for Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Eric Greffier. ZDNet UK/Asia is saying that it will be called the Dell Latitude XT adn that it will have a 12.1-inch display (widescreen? hard to say at this point) and be based on Intel’s Santa Rosa platform.
How much of it will be based on the Dell Latitude D430 remains to be seen.
Eric Greffier, the company’s director of client marketing for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, told ZDNet UK that Dell’s delayed entry into the tablet market was timely. “Historically, I do not believe there has been a market for [tablet PCs],” he said. “The convertible format is recent. All three form factors [slate, convertible and hybrid] have been fighting in a small market, and it is clearer now that convertible is the format.”
“We wanted to wait for Vista and the Santa Rosa [Centrino Pro] ultra-low voltage platform,” he added, suggesting that the new platform’s enhanced power management made it possible to “have enough brightness at the LCD level” to make the tablet usable outdoors without overly compromising battery life.
Full Article: ZDNet Asia/UK – “Dell enters tablet market”
Thanks to K. Benson for the link.