Dell updates Latitude portfolio with Intel 8th Gen Core vPro processors, more

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The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 comes with a built-in auto-deploy kickstand that allows the user to set up the device with one hand an offers the option for multi-factor authentication including touch fingerprint reader, contacted FIPS 201 Smart Card Reader, and contactless smart card reader with Control Vault 2™ FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification.

Silver lid with pen magnetically attached to the convertible's side.

The X's 15 convertible measures 16mm at its thickest point.

You get plenty of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports-but not a single USB Type-A. The latter has optional touchscreen integration that comes with magnesium alloy LCD back and narrow border carbon-fibre reinforced polymer LCD back options.

Large, 15-inch two-in-ones can be unwieldy devices, but that isn't stopping manufacturers from making them. Dell is also introducing new WiFi technology called Active Steering Antenna that chooses from four different radio wave patterns to find the optimal connection.

It's this editor's personal preference to avoid most 15-inch laptops on account of their size, but the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 may very well change that.

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Specifically you'll be able to pick it up with either a Core i5-8305G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics or a Core i7-8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. The result ought to be far superior performance over the 13-inch model and better graphics than you'd typically get off of an Intel processor. The entire refreshed Latitude 7000 series has two memory slots to support up to 32GB RAM and premium storage options such as two M.2 options (512GB SATA and 128GB PCIe), 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, and 512GB PCIe NVMe drives. Like the clamshell, the new 2-in-1 goes up to 4K for its screen resolution, and now supports 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color spectrum. The new structure should prevent the chassis from overheating and aid in power management.

With these new parts, plus better cooling and a bigger heat spreader, Dell claims the battery will run for 15 hours.

Much of the XPS 15 remains the same with this year's update, though. That means you can use Windows Hello facial recognition to unlock the device, which is an overdue perk. The 15 will only have touchscreen options and uses a larger 15.6-inch panel. It's still frustrating that Dell insists on keeping the front-facing camera below the display (especially considering its Latitude line manages to put the webcam in a normal spot, atop the display).

Both feature Dell's iconic near-bezel-free InfinityEdge display tech and be available with FHD and 4K resoluteness options. Since it's just 1mm less than the clamshell XPS 15, the new hybrid didn't strike me as noticeably skinnier than before, but it's still a pleasant device to hold and behold.

Dell said the XPS 15 2-in-1 should hit shelves this spring with prices starting at $1,300.

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