High-end laptops and hybrids headline CES 2016 for Dell – Digital Trends
5000 series full line refresh, and its own 2-in-1
Dell is also refreshing its 5000 Series of laptops, iterating upon the 12-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch variants of the line for 2016 and beyond. The smallest options use 6th generation Intel Core processors up to a i7 dual core, whereas everything above a 14-inch display size can be upgraded to a quad core component.
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This horsepower is used in conjunction with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory at 2,133 MHz, and impressive FHD displays — the 14-inch model even offers a rather attention-grabbing 1,600 x 900 HD+ option. These screens will be put to good use displaying graphics powered by either integrated Intel HD graphics, or more robust optional upgrades like the AMD Radeon R7 M370, which is included in the most capable version of the 15-inch system.
Storage options are comprehensive; up to 1TB of HDD space is on offer, with other alternatives including a 2.5″ SSD capable of holding 480GB of data, up to 512GB of SSD M.2 PCIe, and up to 512GB of SSD M.2 SATA with OPAL SED options. All storage options are protected by Dell’s Free Fall Sensor, which can activate upon the system being dropped to attempt to protect data from being damaged.
The 5000 series features three USB 3.0 ports standard, and augments its sturdy wireless communication facilities with optional support for LTE access, and optional WiGig support. Backlit and non-backlit keyboard options are available, as well as a multi-touch touchpad. The system’s starting weight varies from 3.29 pounds to 4.61 pounds depending on the model, but never exceeds a thickness of one inch.
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Not to be left lacking, the 5000 Series is also being graced with its own hybrid spin-off. The Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 features a 6th generation Intel Core M processor, and is being offered in both its standard form and as a business-focused Security Edition with extra functionality geared towards keeping data under lock and key.
The device can be outfitted with either 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, and comes with an Intel HD Graphics 515 card standard. The 10.8-inch display uses Corning Gorilla Glass, carries a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen, and features anti-finger print technology to keep its touch screen clean and professional.
In terms of storage, there are plenty of options within the realm of M.2 SSD hardware. SATA, PCIe NVMe and SATA SED variants are on offer — although the latter two will only be available from March of 2016 — at storage capacities between 128GB and 512GB.
A 35 watt-hour, field-replaceable battery is being integrated into the device to ensure that it has the lifespan to do the job away from a power source, while a USB 3.0 Type-C connector will make charging as efficient as possible. A USB 3.0 Type A port and a mini-HDMI connector are included to flesh out the connectivity options of the 5000 Series 2-in-1.
Standard and slim keyboards accessories are set to be released in conjunction with the hybrid, although it will of course be completely functional without input peripherals thanks to its touch screen. Without an attached keyboard, the tablet measures 10.78 millimeters high and weighs just 1.56 pounds, with the security edition being a little larger and heavier.