Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

Summary: Dell hopes you keep that iPad at home when you come to work and instead use its new Latitude ST tablet to get your productivity on. The company has just launched the Windows 7 slate with an eye to the corporate market, as well as healthcare and education workers.

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Dell hopes you keep that iPad at home when you come to work and instead use its new Latitude ST tablet to get your productivity on. The company has just launched the Windows 7 slate with an eye to the corporate market, as well as healthcare and education workers.

Dell says the Latitude ST is ideal for these settings, combining Windows 7 Professional with the company's Electronic Medical Records and Connected Classroom services. Dell is also collaborating with a slew of business partners to get the tablet certified for their apps.

We don't know much about specs at this point, other than the Latitude ST uses Intel Atom processors, sports a 10-inch screen, offers stylus support, and includes front and rear cameras, USB and HDMI ports, and an SD memory card slot. As Engadget points out, the link to the product page on Dell's blog post isn't working, so other details are scarce.

The Dell Latitude ST will launch on November 1, with pricing yet to be announced. Can it provide a viable alternative to the iPad in an enterprise setting? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section.

Topics: Tablets, Dell, Hardware, Health, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Wow!

    I want one. Already have a Win7 tablet, a full-power PC in tablet/slate form. Makes iOS/Android tablets look like a toy.
    Tim Acheson
    • You say toy like it's a bad thing:)

      @Tim Acheson ... First point I know of several individuals and have read of a few industries and or businesses who get actual productive use out if their iPads. However I'm still wondering what is wrong with a toy? A well made toy that it's owner enjoys to use, and finds the toy satisfying? Seems to me that us a good thing.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @Tim Acheson

      That's because IOS and Android tablets are TOYS! MS is still king of productivity and it's sort of annoying to see IT managers allow junk on their networks! I for one won't permit IOS/Android devices due to security concerns. On top of that my team doesn't need more crap to support!
      Rob.sharp
  • Who cares?

    If it is like most Dell products, it will be bulky and have issues until they get to the third iteration. I'm waiting to see what functionality (not specs) this truly provides over the existing slew of offerings (iPads, Android tablets, etc). I think the one thing Apple truly got right is to take the focus away from specs and focus on what the tool can do for me. For example, just because a car has 400HP doesn't mean it's better for me, especially if I do all city driving.
    killsport
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @killsport@...

      Really? You'd turn down 400HP in the city! Sorry but give me the 400HP and some slicks to lay down the rubber!
      Rob.sharp
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @killsport@...
      I think some people will disagree?? I've visited a few hospitals on several occasions Most all of them use Dells to power their systems and all user stations sports the name, DELL! The cheap stuff must be what they crave or dell make a special iterration for the hospitals!! Maybe I'll ask next time. You might want to do that too and sound creditable on your posts.
      eargasm
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    HRSYRW
  • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

    [i]Dell hopes you keep that iPad at home when you come to work and instead use its new Latitude ST tablet to get your productivity on.[/i]

    That is what most people are doing with their iPads, keeping them at home. Having the Windows tablet will be better for the enterprise because its going to be easier to port their applications to it, reducing the costs of application development and maintenance.
    LoverockDavidson_-24231404894599612871915491754222
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @LoverockDavidson_

      Now, if I were to get my hands on one of these things (he says: "Boss, are you listening?"), I would scrape WindoZE off of it and put Linux on it. Who needs all of that bloatware?
      fatman65536
      • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

        @fatman65536
        You had better hope he is not listening?? If he is, he probably have a he pink slip waiting for you, unless he values delusional employees! LOL!
        eargasm
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @LoverockDavidson_

      Do you have any data to back up that ridiculous, specious assertion? No, I thought not, liar.
      .DeusExMachina.
  • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

    Next Article: Apple sues Dell because is looks like a tablet.
    Orangy
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @Orangy <br>Nah, it doesn't even look like iPad (no home button, the back side is not like iPad, the front and sides are not close to iPad). And moreover it has Windows 7, so the total Microsoft Patent Portfolio is backing that and I don't think Apple would go to that extreme.
      Ram U
      • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

        @Rama.NET
        They would and have. The samsung tab looks nothing like the ipad except its rectangle and has a touch screen lcd and they sued and won.
        Fletchguy
    • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

      @Orangy Next Article after that: Microsoft counter-sues because the supported slate tablets before the iPad.
      Wilson_Energy
  • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

    I think that Dell is making a good business decsion. Since the Dell Streak horribly failed in the consumer industry, why not give the enterprise side a try with something new like a full on Win7 Tablet. Of course we will have to see just how well the device works before making any really judgements.
    grhaigh
  • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

    Nothing new here... we already have Win7 tablets... they fail because of 2 things: Horrid battery life (4 hours or less) and high price ($600+). My guess is that this Dell tablet is aiming at the Enterprise because its high price would be an automatic fail in the home/personal market.

    C'mon Dell... prove me wrong!
    SbySW
  • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

    The big problem/roadblock I see with all the current tablets is the screen resolution. Since Windows 8 will require 1366x768 for side-by-side apps, that feature will not be availabe on all of these current tablets. Who knows what other things might not be available or work as well. If this had the slightly better resolution, I'd definately by it or the Asus. But I'll pass until then.
    spokanedj
  • RE: Dell officially introduces Latitude ST Windows 7 tablet for enterprise, healthcare, education markets

    Good move by Dell for enterprise customers. As an enterprise client, a Windows tablet will have the cost advantage of not having to have a VDA license ($75) for virtual desktop use. This would be covered as a Software Assurance benefit under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. All iPads and Android tablets would have to have VDA licenses purchased.
    TWyG
  • Another Loser Windows Tablet

    Yet another in a long line of Windows failures stretching back 10 years. I don't know how their market research continues to show that there is any kind of potential market for these things, when the sales figures invariably say otherwise. This is what happens when you get too close to Microsoft's Reality-Distortion Field, I guess.
    ldo17