Dell took to the stage at CES 2016 last night to reveal several new products in the Latitude line of enterprise devices.
The firm said that they represent a combination of design improvements lifted from the consumer-focused XPS series with the essential security and management features demanded by businesses.
The Latitude 13 7000 Series laptop, for instance, is a slimline, 1.1kg machine featuring the same carbon fibre construction and thin-bezelled InfinityEdge display as the XPS 13, while adding two Thunderbolt 3-equipped USB-C ports and optional security tools such as a smart card reader, fingerprint scanner and RFID reader. One full-size USB 3.0 port is included as well.
The 13.3in screen is available in FHD and QHD resolutions, the latter being touch-capable and built with Gorilla Glass 4. Both options sit on a 180-degree hinge, similar to that of the HP Elitebook Folio announced earlier this week, which allows the Latitude 13 7000 Series to sit entirely flat on a desk. No prices have been confirmed, but it is expected to launch in early March.
The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series is a Surface Pro 4-style 2-in-1, with an 8mm-thick tablet that attaches to a separate keyboard dock via magnets. The bodywork is built from magnesium and Gorilla Glass 4 and, similarly to the recent XPS 12, will offer FHD and UHD resolutions. It will be released in early February starting at £929.
Like the Latitude 13 7000 Series, it has two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, enabling the tablet to connect to a display, transfer data and quick-charge via the same cable. There's no full-size USB port, however.
Finally, the Latitude 11 5000 Series is a smaller 10.8in productivity tablet. It can also attach magnetically to its own keyboard dock, and features a magnesium chassis, but includes a full-size USB port in addition to a USB-C port.
An optional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner adds to Dell's own security software, which includes support for added encryption, multi-factor authentication and anti-malware tools. This software is included across the rest of the Latitude range.
Again, the Latitude 11 5000 series will launch in early February starting at £569. All three devices run Intel's 6th-generation Skylake Core M processors, and will come pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro or Windows 7 Pro.
Dell also unveiled its first OLED monitor, the UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge. The UHD screen supposedly offers a typical contrast ratio of 400,000:1 and a 0.1ms response time, and supports USB-C connectivity. It's set to launch in the UK in July, and won't come cheap. European prices have not been given, but it will cost $4,999 in the US.
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