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Dell propels laptop innovation with first multi-touch convertible tablet, larger solid state drive

Dell announced the industry’s first convertible tablet with multi-touch capabilities on the award-winning Dell Latitude XT. Customers can download the easy-to-install multi-touch module at www.support.dell.com. The company is also expanding its solid state drive (SSD) leadership with availability of a 128 GB drive and said it will announce its next generation Latitude laptops in the coming weeks.

Dell was one of the first major vendors to introduce capacitive touch and is now bringing multi-touch capabilities to the Latitude XT. The new capabilities include:

  • 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 customers can zoom various content in and out, such as pictures or Web pages.
  • Programmable double-tap - 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 some competing systems, 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.

Dell was one of the first major vendors to deliver SSDs to its customers and has one of the largest portfolios of client products available with the technology. The new 128 GB SSD starts at $659 CAN and is available in Canada on Dell Precision and Latitude systems. The drive will be offered on XPS and Alienware systems next week.

The new drive helps solve customer pain points around price and capacity of SSD technology. Customers get double the capacity of Dell’s 64 GB ultra-performance SSD offering for the same price. SSDs are eight-and-a-half times more shock tolerant and have a predicted reliability more than three times that of standard notebook hard drives. Dell also offers a 64 GB ultra-performance SSD that delivers up to 22 percent better performance than a 7,200 RPM hard disk drive.

 [July 18, 2008]


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