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News Week of February 8, 2009

ASUS Eee PC transformed into ultra-portable tablet computer

Netbooks are going to be hot this year, with both Dell and Sony among others trying to get in on the Asus Eee PC and its success as a cheap, functional laptop for light computer use. So how about a net-tablet? That's basically what this modded Eee PC is, worked over by a Japanese modder who ditched the keyboard and turned the Eee into a handheld ultraportable tablet computer.

The end result is a fully-functioning UMPC that's only 1.68 pounds, with buttons on the face of it for simple navigation, and a stylus to interact with the touchscreen. It'd be interesting if the Eee PC's voice commands made it in, too.  (Source: Kevin Hall, Dvice)


Posted Thursday, February 12, 2009 by ChrisD
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Dell Latitude XT2 Tablet PC Offers New Multitouch Features

Dell this week revamped its tablet lineup with the new Latitude XT2 tablet PC that offers a range of new features, including new multitouch capabilities. In addition, the Dell Latitude XT2 tablet offers more battery life, the choice of two different ultra low-volt Intel Core 2 Duo processors, DDR3 memory, a solid state drive option and a starting price of $2,399. The Latitude XT2 tablet builds on Dell's previous tablet offering - the Latitude XT - which help bring Dell into the tablet market for the first time in 2007.   (Source: eWeek)


Posted Thursday, February 12, 2009 by ChrisD
Rating: 2.9 Comments ()

Official specs of Dell XT2 tablet revealed

 What looks to be the official spec sheet for the previously spotted 12.1-inch Dell XT2 tablet PC has been leaked as of this weekend. The chart confirms some earlier specs while others are new, including the support of up to 5GB of RAM. Processors will include the ultra low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo at 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz. The weight of the notebook is now rated at about 3.6lbs with the four-cell battery and 3.8lbs with the optional 6-cell, making it nearly identical as its XT predecessor and not significantly lighter, like previously reported.
There will be one more optional battery, a nine-cell, which will extend the battery life of the convertible netbook significantly. There are two displays, both with 1280x800 resolutions, with one rated for viewability in broad daylight. Storage will come from a choice of 80GB or 120GB SATA hard disk drives as well as a 64GB solid state drive option. Available operating systems will comprise of various Windows Vista editions, including Ultimate, Business, Business 64-bit and the option to downgrade to Windows XP Tablet Edition. (Source: Electronista)
Posted Monday, February 9, 2009 by ChrisD
Rating: 2.88 Comments ()


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