TECH BRIEF—Hardware

Dell's new tablet PC offers gesture-based touchscreen

Dell today unveiled the Latitude XT2 convertible tablet, featuring what the company calls a "multi-touch" screen for using gestures such as a pinch or a tap for scrolling and zooming.

The XT2 also offers up to 11 hours and 28 minutes of battery life with a six-cell battery and optional six-cell battery slice. Also, because tablet users tend to be highly mobile professionals, the XT2 features a daylight viewable display as well.

The 3.6-pound tablet also has a full-size keyboard, touchpad, point stick and battery-free pen to give users a choice of input modes. Users can rotate the tablet display on a single hinge, said Patrick Burns, a portfolio manager for Dell’s Latitude line.

"We define multi-touch as using two fingers simultaneously on the screen," Burns said. "We just think it’s more accurate and easier for our customers to use."

The XT2 is on sale now at www.dell.com/latitude, starting at $2,399.

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