Dell Unveils Its First Windows 8 PCs, Tablet for Business Users
Availability and pricing hasn't yet been announced by Dell, but the new machines are aimed at filling business user preferences for flexible, mobile devices.Dell unveiled a new laptop, tablet and desktop PC running Windows 8 for business users as the company prepares for the Oct. 26 launch of Microsoft's newest computer operating system. Pricing for the new machines, announced Sept. 19, has not yet been announced, but will likely be unveiled at the time of the Windows 8 debut, when the new machines will become available for purchase.
"With these new offerings, we aimed to design innovative products that inject consumer appeal to systems for business users," Brent McAnally, director of product marketing, planning and strategy for Dell's Business Client Product Group, wrote in a post on the Direct2Dell Blog. "All these products are rooted in things that matter to companies: security, manageability and durability."
- An enterprise-class Dell Ultrabook, the Latitude 6430u, with a 14-inch screen and a 33 percent slimmer profile than previous versions. The 6430u is also 16 percent lighter than the current model and is designed to meet MIL-STD-810G durability testing, which is a U.S. military test standard where systems are subjected to the harshest conditions, according to Dell.
- The new Latitude 10 tablet computer, which is a 10-inch model that allows the use of the latest touch-enabled applications for mobile enterprise workers. The Latitude 10 supports existing Microsoft productivity applications and is compatible with existing IT management consoles, according to Dell. The Latitude 10 includes swappable battery capabilities and robust security options for encrypting all data from the hard drive to the USB port.
- The new OptiPlex 9010, a 23-inch all-in-one computer that preserves desk space while offering touch interfaces for business users. Available options include a multipoint touchscreen, a fixed or rotating camera and an articulating stand to better position the screen for users.