Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Chris Davies - Jan 6, 2016, 1:15 pm CST
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Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Making a Surface-style 2-in-1 is all the rage, and Dell isn’t to be left out, bringing two detachables to CES 2016 this week. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 and its Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 sibling each pack Intel’s latest 6th-gen Core processors and Windows 10, and as the names suggest feature a removable keyboard.

Of the two, the Latitude 12 7000 Series falls most in line with what we’ve seen from Microsoft’s tablet range, though with its own twist on the form-factor. Its magnesium alloy casing is slightly thinner, at 8.11 mm versus the Surface Pro 4’s 8.45 mm, and slightly lighter, too.

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Where Microsoft offers full Core i5/i7 processors, however, Dell opts for more power-frugal options. The 2-in-1 comes with a choice of Core m3, m5, or m7 chips and Intel HD Graphics 515, paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR3 memory and up to 512 GB of solid-state storage.

The 12.5-inch display runs at either 1920 x 1080 resolution or 3840 x 2160 resolution, both with 360 nits of brightness and Gorilla Glass protection. Connectivity includes two USB-C 3.1 with Thunderbolt, an SD memory card reader, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1 LE, along with optional LTE.

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Dell will also throw in a USB-C to USB 3.0 Type A dongle, and it’ll play nicely with the company’s new Dell Dock and Dell Thunderbolt Dock. An 8-megapixel camera is on the back and a 5-megapixel camera is on the front, and there are two keyboards, one with a folding fabric design and another with a fixed angle intended to be left at your desk.

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As for the Dell Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1, that’s smaller and cheaper than the 7000 Series machine, with a 10.8-inch Full HD touchscreen, Core m3 or m5 processor, and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 memory. It too can be equipped with up to 512GB of storage.

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However, it makes do with only one USB-C 3.0 port and no Thunderbolt, though you do get a full-sized USB 3.0, micro HDMI, and SD card slot. It has the same wireless options, including LTE, along with the same cameras, and can be specified with a fingerprint reader.

Both tablets can optionally be used with a digital stylus.

The Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7275) will go on sale from early February, priced from $1,049, while the Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 (5175) will arrive at the same time, priced at $749.


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