Dell today announced its Latitude ST, a 10.1" 1.8 pound Windows 7 tablet aimed directly at Windows-centric IT shops.

There's nothing particularly inspiring about the Latitude ST's hardware: a 1.5 GHz single-core Atom Z670 and an Intel GMA 600 integrated graphics chip (which, like the GMA 500, is actually a licensed PowerVR SGX core) drive its 1280x800 screen, which is made of Gorilla Glass and accepts both stylus and multitouch input. 2GB of RAM comes standard, and storage (presumably in the form of an SSD) of up to 128GB will be available.

Wireless n (1x1 only, unfortunately) and Bluetooth 4.0 are standard, and an optional Dell Wireless 5550 HSPA+ card can provide cellular data and GPS functionality. Integrated rear (5 megapixel) and front ("720p HD") cameras, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port round out its multimedia capabilities.

Despite these rather weak specs, there are a few bullet points which might sway Windows-centric IT managers, including its wired gigabit LAN port, three USB 2.0 ports, and TPM chip (used primarily with disk encryption software like Bitlocker). An optional docking station can add a physical keyboard to the device. However, pricing information, one factor to which businesses are always sensitive, has not been revealed.

With these business-centric features, Windows compatibility, and the Latitude name, the ST may find a small niche in some IT shops, but with Windows 8 buzz building and increasing support for iOS and Android devices in the enterprise, it seems like a bit of a long shot.

Source: Dell

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  • Zoomer - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    That's critical. Reply
  • tayb - Friday, October 28, 2011 - link

    Is it? It's horribly under powered device running a desktop OS. At no price point would I be interested in this device. If it were running a full release of Windows 8 and managed 8-10 hours of battery life I might be interested. Reply
  • Camikazi - Saturday, October 29, 2011 - link

    Good thing it's not aimed at you, it's for businesses that need portability and touchscreen, but also need a desktop OS to run their programs. I have seen home nurses with these type of tablets since the programs they need to use to input information about patients do not run on Android or iOS plus they need other things that will only run on WIndows. Those are the people this is aimed for, not the average user (even though I wouldn't mind having one of these really). Reply
  • The Crying Man - Friday, October 28, 2011 - link

    Wouldn't an AMD Fusion chipset have been the better way to go with or is this one of the latest Atoms that perform better? Reply
  • Nihility - Friday, October 28, 2011 - link

    Is this going to be another 2 hour battery life tablet?
    We'll have to wait till the review come in, but these Windows tablets have had a lot of issues in the past.
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  • randomstar - Friday, October 28, 2011 - link

    to other windows tablets, like the Acer Iconia W500.
    very similar beast, have used the W500 and find it quite usable and overall much more useful than any Android or iOS tablet .
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    We need more windows tablets with foldable docs so they can double as a laptop when ever we want. I dont like docs you need to set into but cannot easily fold up and move around with the device. Reply
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