Introducing Dell's new Precision M3800, a thin and light mobile workstation

Dell today announced the availability of its new Precision M3800 Mobile workstation for power users running content creation apps, 3D animators and modellers, and CAD users.

The Precision M3800 is a 15in portable workstation capable of running ISV-certified apps from a variety of developers. Unlike blockier mobile workstations of the past, the Precision M3800 is designed to treat power and portability equally, with a starting weight of 1.88kg and a chassis that's 43.4mm thick.

The Precision M3800 is designed to appeal to the same sort of power user who is in the market for a high-end laptop or content creation machine like the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display. To this end, users can optionally configure the Precision M3800 with an 15.6in QHD+ IPS display, which has a 3,200 x 1,800 resolution; higher than the 1080p Full HD on the base Precision M3800 models. To put this into perspective, last year's Apple MacBook Pro 15in (Retina display) has a 2,880 x 1,800-resolution display.

The rest of the Precision M3800's specs are also impressive. It's powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor, 2 GB Nvidia Quadro K1100M workstation-level graphics, up to 16 GB of DDR3L memory, and can be equipped with two storage devices (a 2.5in drive and a mSATA Mini-Card) for a maximum capacity of 1TB SSD or 2 TB spinning hard drives.

The Precision M3800 is manufactured with carbon fibre in the base, aluminium in the lid, and Corning Gorilla Glass covering the screen. The Gorilla Glass covers a 5-point touch screen, so you can utilise touch-optimised apps and the optional Windows 8.1 OS. Windows 7 Professional is another operating system choice, for businesses that have standardised on that stable operating system.

The Precision M3800 is designed to be liveable, with all four USB ports capable of charging devices like smartphones and tablets, even when the system is turned off. In addition to the Apple MacBook Pro, the Precision M3800 is aimed at competing with HP's new line of Z-series mobile workstations.

The Dell Precision M3800 will be available on 14 November with a starting price of $1,799 (£1,112).