Dell Unveils Thin, Light Convertible Tablet

The new system is designed for use in harsh environments, such as military, police, field-service and factory floors.
Dell Latitude XT2 XFR
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Dell Latitude XT2 XFR

Dell on Tuesday introduced its thinnest and lightest convertible tablet PC, for use in harsh environments.

The Latitude XT2 XFR is a rugged mobile PC with a 12.1-inch screen. The system is 1.5 inches thick and weighs 5.4 pounds with a four-cell battery and solid-state drive.

The XT2 XFR is the latest addition to Dell's other rugged or semi-rugged systems, including the Latitude E6400 XFR and E6400 ATG, respectively. The systems are built for use by the military, police, border patrol, field-service organizations and factory fulfillment.

The XT2 XFR is engineered to meet the military's MIL-810G standards for operation in harsh environments. Dell expects the new PC to receive certification in the coming weeks.

The system includes compression-sealed and rugged input/output doors, LCD screen and keyboard. The PC is available with Dell's optional remote management capabilities and next-business=day service and support.

Technical specifications include an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and up to 5 GB of DDR3 system memory. The PC includes Dell's thermal management system that make it possible for the system to withstand temperatures ranging from minus 10 degree Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

The XT2 XFR is available with either a four-, six- or nine-cell battery. Other options include full disk encryption and hot-swappable modules including a global positioning system and Webcam. Wireless connectivity options includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile broadband.

Security features that come standard with the new product include Dell's ControlVault, which provides hardware-based storage of encryption keys that govern application access. Because the keys are not stored on the hard drive, they're much harder for hackers to locate, according to Dell.

Pricing for the XT2 XFR starts at $3,599.

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