Dell has unveiled the Precision 5530, a 2-in-1 workstation that, it claims, is the most powerful convertible laptop it has ever made.
Sporting a 15.6in display, Dell claims the Precision 5530 is the smallest 2-in-1 with its screen size in the world, measuring in at 13.9 x 9.2 x 0.36 - 0.63 inches.
But while it might be compact, Dell has packed it with Intel eight-gen Core i CPUs coupled with Radeon Vega M graphics. The Precision 5530 offers a trio of microprocessors for prospective buyers: the Core i5-8305G, Core i7-8705G, and the Core i7-8706G.
Dell says these chips come with "Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL graphics", optimised for content creators, compared to the Radeon RX Vega M GPU options found in the XPS 15 2-in-1, which are oriented more for gaming and consumer applications.
On the screen front, the Precision 5530 2-in-1 will come with a 4K touchscreen InfinityEdge display covering 100 per cent of the Adobe RGB colour gamut for accurate photo and video editing. And thanks to a 360-degree hinge, the screen can be folded back on itself and used to scribble and draw on with the Dell Premium Pen.
The machine will also have an option for a 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, as well as spec options for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVMe SSD going up to 2TB.
Port selection is up to scratch as well, with the 2-in-1 sporting two Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C ports, DisplayPort, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.
There's no pricing for the Precision 5530 2-in-1 and availability is merely slated for late August. However, the Precision line of mobile workstations have traditionally been high-end devices with price tags to match.
The company is also refreshing the rest of its Precision line up with Intel's latest Coffee Lake chips, going right up to the powerful Core i9 processor, as well as professional graphics co-processing running Nvidia Quadro GPUs, all the way up to the Quadro P2000.
The non-convertible Precision 5530 comes with an improved contrast ratio and picture quality, as well as touch support and IGZO 4 display options.
Machines like the Precision 3530, 7730 and 7530 mobile workstations will also have access to Intel's Xeon processors as well as Nvidia Quadro P600 professional graphics.
The computer maker has also given its OptiPlex range of all-in-one PCs and desktops a nip and tuck with eighth-generation Coffee Lake processors available and new graphics options. The same can be said for the workhorse Latitude laptops, with the new Latitude 5491 and 5591 now smaller than older members of the family and have been given access to the latest processors and Nvidia GPUs.
Many of these machines will be available from Dell on 22 May, but some will be released later on in the summer.
While PC sales may be declining overall, Dell is one of a few companies enjoying increasing shipments of its machines. Clearly having strong consumer and business-orientated machines that are kept up to date seems to be working well for the company; we just wish it would do something a little more exciting than incremental upgrades and a 2-in1 machine.
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