Dell unveils Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for business use

By on October 27, 2011, 2:00 PM

Dell has officially pulled the curtain on a new tablet designed for the corporate market as well as healthcare and education workers. The Latitude ST strays from the Android crowd and instead runs Windows 7 Professional powered by an Intel Atom Z670 processor clocked at 1.5GHz while offering up to 128GB of storage.

The Latitude ST has a 10.1-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution and support for both touch and pen input. Specs are scarce on Dell's website but from the promo video and leaked information we can tell the tablet features Wi-Fi, mobile broadband options, front and rear webcams and a mic. Ports include full-size USB, HDMI and SD slots, while on the security front there's a remote wipe function, Kensington lock compatibility and Microsoft Bitlocker support.

A docking station will be available with additional USB, HDMI and RJ45 inputs, so you can add a mouse, keyboard, projector and more to make the tablet work like a full-fledged PC.

Dell says the new tablet can be tailored to specific business or end user needs with certified applications and professional services. It will integrate with desktop virtualization solutions, the company's Electronic Medical Records and Mobile Clinical Computing solutions, as well as their Connected Classroom solution for education environments.

The Latitude ST will reportedly offer seven hours of battery life and weight starts at 1.8 pounds (816 grams). Pricing and availability details are unclear at this point but an announcement is expected on November 1.

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Guest said:

Cool. Everyone (and that is many) that comes down on iPad for being a "toy" should be all over this! It will sell like hotcakes!

Win7Dev said:

I'd buy it if I could truly put it to good use, but I'm not that kind of business user. I prefer power over portability.

mevans336 mevans336 said:

Windows 7 on Atom, frankly, sucks. We had $6k Core i7 1.7GHz ULV tablets by Motion Computing at my former job, with SSD drives, and the experience was bearable at best. The minute users tried to do anything but browse the web, the tablets puked all over themselves.

We need Windows 8 to fix the Windows-on-Tablet problem I fear.

dotVezz said:

I'm worried that it may be overpriced. A lot of professionals an businesses are already adopting tablets (Mainly the iPad), so this is entering the market too late. Unfortunately, as I'm not a fan of *any* of Apple's main practices, I can't see a large number of companies using this over the iPad, for a variety of reasons.

Guest said:

I upgraded my ACER netbook----ATOM, 2GB to windows 7, and it runs much better than anticipated. So win7 and ATOM is not that bad.

I have an ASUS EP121 tablet (core I5, 4GB) running win7 and I love it.

Waiting to see what WIN8 and ARM runs like.


Nice move by Dell... IT professionals may actually start to consider this now. With a decent display resolution real USB ports on the device this will actually be useful. Ethernet port on the docking station is good too. My only gripe is the display type, from the video it looks like it's probably a TN panel and not a nice IPS. Regardless i'm interested, curious about the price though.

Guest said:

Ive just taken delivery of a latitude st, it is the worst piece of technology I have ever experienced. The video playback is unwatchable, the screen refresh painfully slow, and it is incapable of running Office with any reasonable speed . Additionally the build quality is appalling.

Do NOT buy this !!!!

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