Quite a few people have been hoping that PC maker Dell would come out with a Tablet PC. Not only would a Dell Tablet PC help validate the platform it would also make it easier for companies who use Dell computers exclusively to make Tablet PCs available for those employees who prefer them. There have been rumors of a Dell Tablet PC for months and I recently received some additional information that sounds very credible. A jkOnTheRun reader who wishes to remain anonymous recently discussed the Dell Tablet with two Dell representatives at two different public events and this is what he was told by Dell:
- Dell will release a Tablet PC in the September/ October 2007 time frame
- The Tablet PC will be based on the Latitude D420 notebook computer and will be a convertible Tablet.
- It will be compatible with all Latitude D series accessories such as docking stations, power adapters, etc.
- This Tablet PC will be the last system released in the popular Latitude D series.
- The Dell Tablet PC will have an active digitizer only.
- Wireless Broadband will be an option
- Widescreen display
Like all Dell Tablet PC rumors you need to take this with a grain of salt but it seems like a very credible piece of information. It’s worth a look at the Latitude D420 specs to get a feel for what the Tablet PC might have under the hood:
- Intel Core Duo up to 1.2 GHz processor
- Up to 2 GB of RAM
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (up to 224 MB shared memory)
- WXGA (1280 x 800) 12 " widescreen
- SATA hard drive (up to 60 GB)
- Three primary battery options (4, 6, 9 cell)
- Bluetooth, WiFi (a/b/g)
- WWAN CDMA from Verizon