Dell held its CES press event today, and alongside of the new XPS 15 2-in-1, the company also launched new Latitude PCs, which are designed for businesses. As you'd expect, one of the key new features across the board is an upgrade to Intel's eighth-generation Core i vPro processors, although the Core i3 variants are still seventh-generation (Intel hasn't announced eighth-gen Core i3 U-series chips yet).
From the Latitude 5000 series are the 5290 2-in-1 and the Latitude 5490 laptop. They both include an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition, along with options for a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 cellular modem. With download speeds of up to 300Mbps, it's not quite what you'll find with the X16 in the new Always-Connected PCs, but it will get the job done for connectivity everywhere.
The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 contains one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, along with two Type-C ports with DisplayPort and optional Thunderbolt 3. Naturally, as a tablet with a detachable keyboard (sold separately), it supports an active pen, which can write on the 12.3-inch 3:2 1920 x 1280 display. Dell is promising over 12 hours of battery life, but if you really care about the device lasting all day, check out the Latitude 5490.
The 5490 promises up to 22 hours, even passing the new Qualcomm-powered PCs that have been praised for their promises of 20 hours of active usage. The display is lower-resolution than the 2-in-1 though, with a 12.5-inch 1366 x 768 screen, although there's a 1080p option, and unsurprisingly, there is no pen support. It includes two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, as well as DisplayPort over USB Type-C.
If you want to go a bit lower end or higher end, there's also the standard Latitude 5290 and 5590, which vary in specs slightly.
Unlike the 5290 2-in-1, which is a tablet, the 7390 2-in-1 is a convertible laptop, meaning that you can fold the display into a variety of form factors. It contains a 13.3-inch 1080p display with pen support, but a new feature of the 7000 series is that the screen is anti-glare and anti-smudge without sacrificing the quality of the display.
The more premium 7000 series also offers slimmer bezels, and the 7390 2-in-1 promises over 17 hours of battery life. It also has an HDMI 1.4 port, two DisplayPort over USB Type-C ports with optional Thunderbolt, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports.
Finally, there's the Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490, which are all conventional laptops. The Latitude 7490 promises over 20 hours of battery life, and it has an Active Steering Antenna, which promises up to 155% throughput enhancement when the device is connected to Wi-Fi.
It includes a 14-inch FHD display, and the low power screen should reduce power consumption by 50%, although that feature won't be available until the spring. It has three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, as well as DisplayPort over USB Type-C.
All of the Latitude PCs announced today are also available today. The 5290 2-in-1 starts at $899, the 5490 starts at $779, the 7390 2-in-1 starts at $1,149, and the 7490 starts at $1,049.
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