Not a moment after Dell officially revealed its Latitude XT tablet PC, Toshiba has jumped in and announced one of its own, the Portégé M700. However, comparing Dells offering to that of Toshiba makes the former look turtle-like, because unlike many tablet PCs, Toshiba hasn't been willing to compromise on the specs.
So it is, we see the base spec sporting a 2.0GHz Core 2 processor with upgrade options ranging up to the 2.6GHz model. 1GB RAM also comes as standard, along with an 80GB hard drive and upgrade options enable you to boost these to 4GB and 160GB respectively. There are plenty of options on the operating system front as well, with Windows XP Tablet Edition, standard Windows XP, and Vista Business all available, which is pretty much a must for a corporate-oriented device. Also worth mentioning is that expansion cards will need to be of the PC Card type rather than ExpressCard.
The panel is a 12.1in 1,280 x 800 LED backlit affair, notable in that it is switchable between both active and passive input modes or, in other words, you can use a finger or a stylus. Draft-N wireless is also on board as is a finger print reader and trusted Platform Module and the whole system weighs around 2Kg. Currently the Portégé M700 is only shipping in the US, with prices starting at $1500 (about £750) but should migrate across the channel come next year.