Dell’s New Latitude 5300 2-in-1 and Latitude 5400: Chromebooks for Enterprise
Most laptops running Chrome OS are aimed at students or consumers, but this week Google introduced its Chromebook Enterprise initiative designed to make its platform viable for enterprise users as well, thus challenging Microsoft’s Windows. Dell is the first major PC maker to launch Chromebook Enterprise notebooks designed for businesses and supporting appropriate security, management, and deployment features.
The Chromebook Enterprise systems introduced this week are Dell’s Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chrome convertible notebook with a touch-sensitive Full-HD 13.3-inch display as well as Latitude 5400 Chrome laptop with a 14-inch HD or Full-HD monitor with or without touch support. Both machines come in a post-industrial carbon fiber chassis that features carbon fiber reinforced polymer LCD back and has passed 17 MIL-STD tests. The laptops are 19.3 ~ 19.6 mm thick and weight 1.36 ~ 1.47 kilograms depending on the model. As for battery, Dell will offer options with a 42 Wh, 51 Wh, 60 Wh, or 68 Wh battery packs. This is truly a wide enterprise offering.
Dell’s Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chrome and Latitude 5400 Chrome notebooks are based on Intel’s 8th Generation Core (also Pentium or Celeron) processors with up to four cores as well as Intel UHD Graphics 610/620 paired with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory as well as an SSD of up to 1 TB capacity (that’s a lot for a Chromebook!). As for connectivity, the laptops are equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, an optional Intel XMM 7360 4G/LTE modem, a GbE (5400-series only), a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort as well as power delivery for docking, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, one HDMI 1.4 port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets. Multimedia capabilities of the mobile PCs include a webcam, stereo speakers, a microphone array, and other essentials.
Being aimed at business and enterprise users, Dell’s Latitude 5300/5400-series Chrome notebooks also feature the H1 secure microcontroller, verified boot, a spill resistant keyboard, and other features. Pre-installed software includes Google’s Chrome Enterprise Upgrade with Console, VMware’s Workspace One, Dell’s Data Guardian Cloud, Dell’s Safe Data, as well as Dell’s ProSupport Plus.
|Dell’s Chromebook Enterprise Notebooks|
|Display||Diagonal||13.3″ with touch||14″ HD with/without touch|
|Resolution||1920×1080||1366×768 without touch
1920×1080 with/without touch
|Brightness||255 cd/m²||220 cd/m²|
|CPU||8th Gen Core
|Graphics||UHD 620 (Core/Pentium)
UHD 610 (Celeron)
|RAM||up to 32 GB DDR4-2666 (two slots)|
|Storage||M.2-2230 NVMe/PCIe SSD, up to 1 TB|
|Wi-Fi||Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wi-Fi module|
|WWAN||Intel XMM 7360 Global LTE-Advanced (optional)|
|USB||1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C for data, charging, display output
2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
|1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C for data, charging, display output
3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
|Webcam||720p||optional 720p with shutter|
|Other I/O||HDMI 1.4, microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone|
|Battery||42 Wh Express Charge
60 Wh Express Charge
60 Wh Long Life Battery
|42 Wh Express Charge
51 Wh Express Charge
68 Wh Express Charge
68 Wh Long Life Battery
|Dimensions||Thickness||16.9 – 19.3 mm
0.66 – 0.76 inches
|19.6 – 20.85 mm
0.77 – 0.82 inches
|Width||305.7 mm | 12 inches||323.05 mm | 12.7 inches|
|Depth||207.5 mm | 8.16 inches||216 mm | 8.5 inches|
|Weight||1.36 kilograms | 3 pounds||1.47 kilograms | 3.24 pounds|
|Price (starting at)||$819||$699 for 1366×768|
Dell started sales of its Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chrome as well as Latitude 5400 Chrome laptops this week. The convertible machine starts at $819, whereas the non-convertible notebook starts at $699.