Dell Debuts Latitude 13

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Dell today launched the Latitude 13, a product they hope will catch the eye of the upper end of the business market. On a busy day, the latest version of its 17-inch Precision M6500 mobile workstation was also produced, adding options such as dual-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and an RGB display.

The new Precision M6500

Essentially a rebranded Vostro 1310, the Latitude 13 includes Dell’s ImageDirect services, which allows IT users to create, update, and deploy customer images to a whole fleet of Latitude 13s. Laptopmag notes that whereas the V13, like other Vostros, was designed to help businesses without IT departments help themselves, “The Latitude 13 comes tailor-made for IT managers, complete with TPM circuitry and virtualization-ready configurations”.

Elsewhere, PCMag reports, “The Latitude 13 offers SSD drives (the Vostro 13 does not), full disk encryption, a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and Computrace recovery services.” Mobile broadband is included in addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11n and, like the Vostro 13, the Latitude edition weighs a mere 3.4 pounds and will run on Intel’s latest CULV processors, with options for the Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Pentium, and Celeron options.

Meanwhile, this time around with the Precision M6500, the notebook will include the less expensive Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual core processors while the aforementioned RGB display has a 100% colour gamut, a 3.2-megapixel webcam, a 64GB SSD MiniCard, USB 3.0 ports, and support for Gobi 2.0, the software-based mobile broadband solution that can accomodate both GSM and CDMA providers.

Press reports say that both the Latitude 13 and the M6500 with dual-core processors will be available “in the coming weeks”.

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