Dell's multitouch tablet PC, the Latitude XT2, went onsale in the UK today, for a starting price of £1,299. The 1.64kg convertible tablet comes in several version of Windows Vista, but can also be bought with 'downgrade' rights for Windows XP.

The convertible tablet will come with either a 1.2GHz 9300 or 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 9400 processor and has a 12.1in WXGA display.

Dell Latitude TX2 multitouch tabletDell is proclaiming the TX2's much brighter screen than on the rival HP EliteBook 2730p - the Dell is twice is bright, we're told - while the machine is slimmer and lighter than both the HP and the Fujitsu Lifebook T5010.

The TX2's base configuration is 1GB of DD3 RAM and an 80GB hard drive. A larger 120GB hard drive and options for a 64GB or 128GB SSD (solid state disk) flash memory are also listed on Dell's website.

The Latitude TX2 has a full-size keyboard and a touchpad and scroll wheel. To activate the multitouch functions, there's a side switch, while a stylus pen can be used for drawing as an alternative to fingertip gestures.

Available in both the UK and the US from today, the Dell Latitude XT2, multitouch tablet should see users through up to 11 hours before the battery needs to be recharged. This figure is for the six-cell version of the machine; a four-cell battery is supplied on the standard £1,299 model.