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Dell's New Latitude Skylake 2-in-1s Get Down To Business

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Today at CES, Dell announced two new Latitude 2-in-1 PCs, the Latitude 12 7000 Series and Latitude 11 5000 Series. Both of these are new form -factors to the Latitude business machine range, though they do replace and supplement existing models in Dell’s current lineup. They are powered by Intel’s 6th generation Skylake architecture, specifically the updated Core M low-power CPUs, and USB Type-C plays a prominent role in connectivity for both. We recently got some hands-on time with them.

Dell's 2016 Latitude Lineup

Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7275)

The first model we looked at was the higher-end offering, the Latitude 12 7275. This model does not replace an existing 2-in-1 and slots below the bigger Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1. Because they are so close in size and specifications, though, the Latitude 12 may eventually supplant it. It most closely resembles the new consumer XPS 12 2-in-1 that Dell recently released, and both of these could be considered direct responses to the Surface Pro 3 and 4.

However, unlike Microsoft’s well-received 2-in-1, the Latitude 12 has a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio screen (rather that the Surface’s taller 3:2 display) and is powered by a Core M CPU instead of a more powerful Core-i CPU. The choice of CPU and business focus for this model means it is more related to HP and Lenovo’s latest business tablet offerings, the Elite x2 1012 and ThinkPad X1 Tablet, rather than the Surface.

Model 7275 Specifications

Processor OptionsIntel 2.20 GHz Core m3-6Y30, 2.80 GHz Core m5-6Y57, 3.10 GHz Core m7-6Y75
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8.1 Pro, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Memory4 GB or 8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 515
Display12.5” FHD Touch with Corning Gorilla Glass (1920 x 1080), Anti-Finger Print, (16:9), 360 nits

12.5” UHD Touch with Corning Gorilla Glass (3840 x 2160), Anti-Finger Print, (16:9), 360 nits
Storage OptionsSSD M.2 SATA 128/180/256/360/512 GB
SSD M.2 SATA SED 256 GB
SSD M.2 PCIe NVMe 256/512 GB
SecurityTPM 2.0, Dell Data Protection/Security Tools
Docking OptionsDell Dock (130W)
Dell Thunderbolt Dock (180W)
MultimediaStereo Speaker with MaxxAudio Pro, 5MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
Power 30WHr (2 Cell) battery ExpressCharge capable, 30W AC adapter
Connectivity optionsIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11AC Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 LE Wireless Card (2x2) Low Power, Intel Pro WiDi & Miracast

Optional Mobile Broadband
Ports & Slots2 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3) (Type-C to Type-A USB 3.0 Dongle included)
SD 4.0 Memory Card Reader (3-in-1; micro, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC with UHS)
1 x micro SIM card slot (on WWAN model only)
Dimensions & WeightWidth Tablet: 11.45 inches (290.87mm)
Height Tablet:
0.32 inches (8.11mm)
Length Tablet:
7.59 inches (192.85mm)

Starting Weight Tablet:
1.61 lbs (.73kg)
Height Tablet + Dell Latitude 12 Slim Keyboard:
0.67 inches (17.1mm)
Starting Weight Tablet + Dell Latitude 12 Slim Keyboard:
3.1 lbs (1.4kg)
InputTouch Display
Integrated Array Microphones
Active Pen (Optional)
Keyboard options available
Systems ManagementIntel vPro (iAMT 11.0) Technology’s advanced management features, Dell Client Command Suite
WarrantyLimited Hardware Warranty Standard 1-year Next Business day Service after Remote Diagnosis optional 3, 4 and 5-year hardware warranty extensions
PeripheralsDell Dock, Dell Thunderbolt Dock, Dell Tablet Stand, Dell Active Pen, Dell Latitude 12 Premier Keyboard, Dell Latitude 12 Slim Keyboard, Dell Adapter – USB Type-C to HDMI/VGA/Ethernet/USB 3.0

Despite the afovrmentioned screen aspect and processor choice differences, the Latitude 12 7000, like so many other recent 2-in-1s, does owe a debt to the Surface in that it is very thin, has a kickstand to prop it up, and has two different keyboard options. In the picture above, you can see the Slim Keyboard attached to the tablet, and the thicker Premier Keyboard (that has keys with more travel) is on the right. The Latitude 12 also supports pen input with the optional Dell Active Pen.

Dell said that the Latitude 12 is its “thinnest and lightest 12.5-inch business-class 2-in-1”, and at 8.11 mm thick and weighing 1.61 lbs, it’s very svelte. The 12.5-inch 16:9 display is protected by Gorilla Glass and is available in an optional 4K resolution. As the higher-end of the two new 2-in-1 offerings, the Latitude 12 is built from premium materials including magnesium alloy.

Out of the box, the Latitude 12 comes with two USB Type-C ports and a Type-C to Type-A dongle. There is also an optional dongle (shown below) that adds Ethernet, HDMI, VGA and USB Type-A. Processor-wise, even though the Latitude uses Core M processors, the new Skylake-Y revisions of the m3, m5 and m7 should be a step up from the Broadwell-Y chips of Dell’s older 2-in-1s. You can buy it with up to a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, but 8 GB rather than 16 GB is the maximum amount of RAM available.

The Intel HD Graphics 515 of the Latitude 12 has multi-monitor support through its two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow you to connect up to three FHD external displays or two 4K displays using Dell’s new Thunderbolt Dock or two FHD external displays or one 4K display using the new DisplayPort over USB-C Dell Dock. These docks, of course, also add additional connections such as Ethernet, HDMI, VGA and USB Type-A ports, and connect to the Latitude with a single cable that also provides power.

Surprisingly, although this is a business-class machine, there is no fingerprint reader or any other biometric authentication hardware. As a tablet, it does have an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, and it's unfortunate that the front facing one (from what we understand) doesn’t work with Windows Hello for logging in, especially since there are other Dell products that do support this.

The Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 will be available in early February, 2016 starting at $1,049.

Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 (5175/5179 Security Edition)

The Latitude 11 2-in-1 is a smaller unit with a 10.8-inch display, and rather than being Surface-inspired, it looks more like previous business tablets from Dell and other business machine OEMs. It's more function over form, whereas the Latitude 12 is in some ways the inverse. This new model closely resembles the current Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 2-in-1, so likely is its replacement. Both have 10.8-inch displays and are powered by Core M, with the older model using a less powerful 5th gen chip.

Unlike the Latitude 12 2-in-1, the Latitude 11 is more security focused, with Dell dubbing it “the world’s most secure 2-in-1 for business.” It does have a fingerprint scanner, a FIPS 201 smartcard reader and is expected to be TCG/FIPS-140-2 certified this spring. Note that these security features are only available on the 5179 Security Edition model.

Model 5175, 5179 (Security Edition) Specifications

Processor OptionsIntel 2.20 GHz Core m3-6Y30, 2.80 GHz Core m5-6Y57
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8.1 Pro, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Memory4 GB or 8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 515
Display10.8" FHD Touch with Corning Concore Glass (1920 x 1080), Anti-Finger Print, (16:9), 360 nits
Storage OptionsSSD M.2 SATA 128/180/256/360/512 GB
SSD M.2 SATA SED (Opal 2.0) 256/512 GB
SSD M.2 PCIe NVMe 256/512 GB
SecurityTPM 2.0 (TCG/FIPS-140-2 certification pending Spring 2016)
Dell ControlVault 2.0 Contacted FIPS 201 Smartcard reader (5179 Only)
Dell ControlVault 2.0 NFC Contactless Smartcard reader (5179
Dell ControlVault 2.0 Touch Fingerprint reader (5179 only)
Dell Data Protection/Security Tools
Docking OptionsDell Tablet Dock (65W)
Dell Dock (130W) – Type-C Compatible
MultimediaStereo Speaker with MaxxAudio Pro, 5MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
Power 35WHr (2 Cell) battery - Field Replaceable, 30W AC adapter
Connectivity optionsIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11AC Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 LE Wireless Card (2x2) Low Power, Intel Pro WiDi & Miracast
NXP NFC (optional for 5175)
Dell ControlVault 2.0TM NFC (5179 only)Optional Mobile Broadband
Ports & Slots1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
1 x Full Size USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x micro HDMI
SD 4.0 Memory Card Reader (3-in-1; micro, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC with UHS)
1 x micro SIM card slot (on WWAN model only)
Dimensions & WeightWidth Tablet: 11.0 inches (279.8mm)
Height Tablet:
5175 - 0.42 inches (10.78mm), 5179 - 0.56 inches (14.32mm)
Height Tablet with Keyboard (closed):
5175 - 0.84 inches (21.23mm), 5179 - 0.97 inches (24.75mm)
Height Tablet with Slim Keyboard (closed):
5175 - 0.83 inches (21.0mm), 5179 - 0.96 inches (24.3mm)
Length Tablet:
6.96 inches (176.8mm)

Starting Weight Tablet:
5175 - 1.56 lbs (0.71kg); 5179 - 1.67 lbs (0.76kg)
Starting Weight Tablet with Keyboard:
5175 - 3.15 lbs (1.43kg); 5179 - 3.26 lbs (1.48kg)
Starting Weight Tablet with Slim Keyboard:
5175 - 2.65 lbs (1.20kg); 5179 - 2.76 lbs (1.25kg)
InputTouch Display
Integrated Array Microphones
Active Pen (Optional)
2 Backlit Keyboards with Precision touchpad (Optional)
Systems ManagementIntel vPro (iAMT 11.0) Technology’s advanced management features, Dell Client Command Suite
WarrantyLimited Hardware Warranty Standard 1-year Mail-in Service after Remote Diagnosis11 optional 3, 4 and 5-year hardware warranty extensions
PeripheralsDell Tablet Dock, Dell Dock, Dell Tablet Stand, Dell Latitude 11 Rotating Folio, Dell Active Pen, Dell Latitude 11 Keyboard with Active pen garage, Dell Latitude 11 Keyboard Folio, Dell Adapter - USB-C to HDMI/VGA/Ethernet/USB 3.0

Compared to the Latitude 12 2-in-1, the Latitude 11 is not as sleek and slim, being thicker and almost the same weight despite the smaller screen size. It is still made from high-end materials, such as magnesium alloy and Corning Concore glass, as befitting a business-class machine that has to be more durable than the average consumer device. Like the Latitude 12, the 11 has two different keyboard options, the slimmer Latitude 11 Keyboard Folio and the thicker Latitude 11 Keyboard with Active pen garage, for the optional Active Pen. Both can be seen in the picture above.

Internally, the Latitude 11 is similar to the Latitude 12 2-in-1, but it is not available with a Core m7 CPU. Conversely, there are a few more storage options available, such as a self-encrypting 512 GB SSD drive, and of course, there is the previously-mentioned security hardware. The 10.8-inch screen is only available in 1080p, and it also has a 16:9 aspect ratio.

For connectivity, the Latitude 11 2-in-1 has both a USB Type-C port and a USB 3.0 Type-A port, which means you won’t need a dongle to connect any legacy peripherals. The Type-C port is not Thunderbolt 3 though, so you can’t use the Latitude 11 with the Dell Thunderbolt Dock for triple external display output. It is compatible with the new Dell Dock, so it can still do dual-display through DisplayPort over USB-C and the single cable connection can also provide power. There is also Intel WiDi and Miracast support, so you can use the Latitude 11 with Dell’s new Wireless Monitors.

Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 will be available in early February, 2016 starting at $749.

Update, 1/7/16, 5am PT: Article updated to show new release dates. The Latitude 11 5000 and Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1's will be available in early February, 2016 and not January 26, 2016 as it was initially announced.

Alex Davies is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware and Tom's IT Pro, covering Smartphones, Tablets, and Virtual Reality. You can follow him on Twitter. Follow Tom's Hardware on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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