Dell has announced the launch of a new range of Windows 8-optimised, Intel-powered devices for business. The line includes a new OptiPlex all-in-one, Latitude ultrabook, and Latitude tablet, all designed for improved manageability, security, and durability in the evolving business landscape.
The OptiPlex 9010 is Dell’s first business-class all-in-one - a beefed up version of its XPS One 27. It boasts a 23in touchscreen display, a rotating webcam, and articulating stand. The OptiPlex 9010 runs on an Intel Q77 Express chipset, with a number of different processor options ranging from a second-gen i3 dual-core processor to a third-gen i7 quad-core processor. It will ship with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of HDD, or 128GB SSD, storage.
Dell also announced the Latitude 6430u, a business-oriented ultrabook designed to be 16 per cent lighter and 33 per cent slimmer than its current Latitude offering. It features a 14in HD display, measures 338mm x 20.9mm x 230mm, and weighs in at 1.69kg.
Under the hood, the Latitude 6430u is powered by Intel’s mobile QM77 express chipset, with processors ranging from i3 up to i7. It will ship with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage, with options for a self-encrypting drive for extra security. On the connectivity front, it is Wi-Fi-, bluetooth- and 3G-ready. The Latitude 6430u has a replaceable battery - in three-cell and six-cell variations - for more flexibility, which will no doubt be an attractive selling point for some users.
It’s got an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing one which records HD video. Like the Latitude 6430u, the Latitude 10 will have replaceable batteries in two-cell and four-cell variations - which, we are told, are hot-swappable if the device is plugged into AC power. It offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and is 3G-capable. On the device itself, there is a USB 2.0 slot, mini-HDMI, a full-size SD Memory card reader, and a micro-USB port for charging. Dell is also making a docking station which will offer an additional 4 USB 2.0 ports, as well as ethernet and HDMI connectivity.
All of the devices will be vPro-enabled, meaning they will benefit from Intel’s built-in system management designed for business users and IT managers. There are also options for a smartcard reader and fingerprint verification for added security.
The range will launch with Windows 8 as of 26 October, though specific global dates and pricing have not yet been announced.