Ahead of next week’s CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Dell today announced two PC updates that will improve its appeal to mobile device users: It’s officially making a laptop with built-in 5G cellular capabilities and is expanding its Mobile Connect app to support iPhone screen mirroring and wireless transfers.
Professionals can use their precious time on the work that matters most with the Latitude 9510, the most intelligent 15-inch business PC featuring built-in AI1
Made from aluminum, Dell’s new Latitude 9510 includes a 15.6-inch 1080p screen, Intel UHD Graphics, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support, and an integrated fingerprint scanner, as well as what the company describes as “built-in AI” to manage battery life and improve application loading performance using machine learning. One version of the 9510 will be a traditional clamshell design, while another will have a hinge that converts to a tablet form factor with active pen support.
Some of the optional upgrades include a Core i7-class 10th-generation Intel CPU (Comet Lake), a 1TB SSD, and a Smart Card reader. If you forego the reader, the machine can include an 87-watt battery with promised 30-hour battery life, but with the reader, it drops to a 52-watt cell with 17 promised hours of run time.
Inside, the Latitude 9510 has been engineered with 5G capabilities — a surprise, given that it’s running on an Intel processor. While Intel recently announced that it partnered with MediaTek to offer 5G modems for Core i-series laptops, and named Dell as one of the earliest customers for the Intel-MediaTek 5G solution, it said its first 5G laptops were coming in “early 2021.” Instead, Dell will offer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modem as a 4G option, with the faster Snapdragon X55 for 5G starting in July.
Using antennas integrated into its speakers, the Latitude 9510 promises to connect to sub-6GHz 5G networks, but not the high band millimeter-wave towers deployed by top U.S. carriers. As of now, Sprint operates a mid-band 5G network with 500-700Mbps peak speeds in a handful of U.S. states, while T-Mobile and AT&T are offering slower, low band 5G networks with 200-300Mbps peaks in some areas. Verizon is not yet offering sub-6GHz 5G service. We’ll have to see how much appeal Dell’s approach has when the machines’ first versions launch on March 26; pricing starts at $1,799, with no prices yet for the modem options.
XPS 13: First-ever four-sided, virtually borderless InfinityEdge display
Dell today introduced the new XPS 13, redesigned to achieve the most premium and superior computing experience with the finest materials, smaller and thinner profile and a larger display. Elegantly crafted with machined aluminum, carbon fiber, woven glass fiber and hardened Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the XPS 13 has a flawless finish in a durable, lightweight design.
For users that want maximum screen space, Dell is delivering its latest engineering feat — narrow bezels on every side, reducing the XPS 13’s InfinityEdge borders and creating a smaller and thinner form factor than all other XPS predecessors. With a larger 16:10 display that spans from all four edges, the new 25% brighter XPS InfinityEdge10 display offers more screen space to multitask throughout the day and catch all the details of the latest binge-worthy show. And holding true to what XPS fans love most, this new design delivers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor — fitting neatly on an airplane tray.
The XPS 13 offers 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and long battery life for the travelers, small business owners, and creatives that need power and performance on the go. A larger touchpad, edge-to-edge keyboard, and one-handed opening strike the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality. The new XPS packaging includes more sustainable materials and eliminates foam, making it easier for customers to recycle. Available options include the traditional XPS 13 with Windows 10 or the Developer Edition featuring Ubuntu 18.04LTS.
Stay connected and entertained with Dell Cinema Guide and Dell Mobile Connect
Dell also announced today that a spring update to its Mobile Connect software will enable some of its computers to mirror the screens of iOS devices, including iPhones, as well as wirelessly transferring files and photographs directly between Apple and Dell machines. While the update will bring parity of those features to iOS after previously supporting them for some Android phones, that’s historically not been easy to accomplish with iPhones and iPads, due to Apple integration limitations, which will potentially give supported Dell machines a leg up on other Windows laptops.