Dell’s Latitude XT2 XFR: Rugged Tablet with Multitouch Display

Computer maker Dell has unveiled its new Dell Latitude XT2 XFR, the company’s first ruggedized tablet computer with a 12.1-inch multitouch display. Designed to meet the needs of folks who really put their computer through tough times—first responders, law enforcement, and military personnel come to mind, but there are plenty of other jobs where tech can take a tumble.

Dell Latitude XT2 XFR

“We are listening and delivering purpose-engineered products based on unique usage models within customers’ environment,” said Dell Business Client Product Group VP and general manager Steve Lalla, in a statement. “The Latitude XT2 XFR is a perfect example where feedback told us that customers needed the innovative functionality of the Latitude XT2 with the ability to perform in rugged environments.”

The Latitude XT2 XFR is available with a wide variety of options, including Intel Core 2 Duo processors, up to 5 GB of RAM, traditional hard drives or SSD storage, gigabit Ethernet, a variety of WiFi options, Bluetooth, an ExpressCard/54 slot, an SD slot, and (it looks like) an 8× DVD-ROM drive. The system also features modular bays that can accommodate a 2 megapixel webcam or GPS, along with additional hard drive storage. Dell will also offer the system with 4-, 6, and 9-cell batteries, and mobile broadband options (EVDO-HSPA, HSUPA/HSDPA, and EV-DOrA). The system sports three USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1394 port, and a VGA output. A silver edition will also feature serial and RJ11 connectivity, along with a camera/light option.

Naturally for a ruggedized PC, all ports are compression sealed and feature rugged I/O doors to protect against moisture and dust; the system can run in temperatures from -10 to 140° Fahrenheit, and the whole system has been specced to meet MIL-810G standards for handling harsh environments…Dell expects the unit will receive certification in the coming weeks.

The Latitude XT2 XFR is available now from Dell in the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. Prices start at $3,599.

Dell Latitude XT2 XFR