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Dell takes on MacBook Pro with ‘thinnest and lightest’ Precision M3800 workstation

26 Jul 2013
Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation

Dell is making bold claims for its upcoming Precision M3800 mobile workstation, dubbing it the thinnest and lightest available and rivalling Apple's MacBook Pro on screen resolution.

The Precision M3800 is set to offer "break-through mobility, design, performance and dependability for cutting-edge creative professionals" according to Dell.

Based on Intel's Haswell 4th generation Core i7 quad-core processor, the Precision M3800 will be just 18mm thick and weigh in at 2.04kg. The display, which appears to be at least 15in in size, will apparently boast a Quad HD+ resolution of 3200x1800 pixels and multi-touch support.

These specifications will make the Precision M3800 comparable with Apple's MacBook Pro line in size and weight, while the display resolution beats Apple's legendary Retina display.

Dell asserts that the system will be the only thin and light mobile workstation with true workstation-class professional graphics, thanks to its Nvidia Quadro K1100M graphics adapter, which is certified for tools such as Autodesk's AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit, Avid Media Composer, Dassault Catia and Solidworks.

The firm has yet to disclose an availability date or indicate pricing for the Precision M3800 mobile workstation, but it is likely to carry a premium price tag when it ships.

The announcement of the new product comes amid uncertainty over Dell's future ownership as its founder Michael Dell battles to take his own firm private again, despite facing pressure from rival bidders led by Carl Icahn to offer a better deal to shareholders.

The vote on the ownership has been delayed several times as both sides seek to entice shareholders to their point of view.


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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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