Sure, hybrids are reported on every day, but it isn’t every day we hear about a new hybrid laptop from Dell, especially two new models that are said to replace the Dell Venue brand (particularly the Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet). These devices, as part of the Latitude 11 5000 line, are hoped to be transformed into more of a notebooks and convertibles form factor, while maintaining the mobile quality of being a tablet. Best of both worlds, right?
Grazing over the two, the Dell Latitude 5175 and 5179, appear nearly identical to each other, but offer slightly different dimensions. The 5175 measures .42 x 11. 6.9 inches, and weighs 1.56 pounds, while the 5179 measures .56 x 11 x 6.96 and weighs 1.67 pounds. Their 10.8 inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD displays feature FHD Touch with Corning Concore Glass, and Dell’s Anti-Finger Print (Dell). That’s a high resolution for such a small screen.
Like many other super sleek convertibles, the Latitude 5000 line features Intel Core M processors, which is great for mid-level power and battery life in a machine that operates with limited or no fans. Configurations start at the Intel 6th gen M3, and go up to the M5. There is 4GB to 8GB of DDR3L memory, and 128GB to 256GB of SSD M2 SATA3 storage. Finally, both sport a 35WHr (2 Cell) battery, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C (which Dell replaced in favor of the micro USB found in the Venue 11), 1 USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 micro HDMI, an SD card reader, and a SIM card slot. Oh yes, we cannot forget the Pogo Pin keyboard connectivity (Dell is giving multiple keyboard and dock options to get that notebook form factor) (Tech Radar).
There’s gotta be something different between the 5175 and the 5179 besides size, right? The answer is yes. There is some added security, found in the Latitude 5179, especially aimed at Dell’s enterprise customers. While both models feature Dell Data Protection (Security Tools, Protected Workspace for 1 year, Encryption, Endpoint Security Suite, and Endpoint Recovery), the 5179 has an added Smartcard reader and Fingerprint reader. This set of hybrid tablets will be great for the professional, on-the-go type of user. Prices will start at $749 for the 5175 base configuration, and are expected to launch this month.
The Latitude line from Dell offers more than just tablets. If normal laptops are what you’re looking for, then take a look at the small and lightweight Latitude 12 5000 series. For something a bit larger, the Latitude 14 5000 series and 15 5000 series offer 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays, respectively (Ubergizmo).
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