Dell has joined the list of PC makers that now offer premium business-class 2-in-1 tablets with high resolution touchscreens and features that blur the line between enterprise technology and consumer style. This isn’t the first time that Dell has delivered an attractive 2-in-1 device, but the new Latitude 12 7000 series and Latitude 11 5000 both come with keyboards included and are the first hybrid tablets from Dell that offer true business features like TPM 2.0 security along with lust-worthy options like a 4K UHD touch screen.
The Latitude 12 7000 ($1,049) is Dell’s thinnest and lightest business-class 12.5-inch tablet weighing less than one kilogram (1.61 pounds) and just more than 8mm thick (0.32 inches). One of the key elements that differentiates this combination tablet and notebook from other 2-in-1 devices is the wide range of configurations available. Businesses can order the Latitude 12 7000 with Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, and you can select from three different 6th generation Intel Core M processors (M3-6Y30, M5-6Y57 with vPro, or M7-6Y75 with vPro). You can further customize the specs with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and choose from eight different M.2 SSD options in capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB. The 12.5-inch display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass screen cover and you can likewise select either FHD (1920 x 1080) or UHD (3840 X 2160) options.
The Latitude 12 7000 has two USB 3.1 (Type-C/Thunderbolt) ports that will connect to one of two optional Dell docking stations, a built-in SD card reader, a micro SIM slot, and you can select one of two different WWAN solutions to pair with the native Intel dual-band 802.11AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 LE. Two of the only features you can’t customize are the front-facing 5-megapixel camera or 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Of course, not every business is willing to spend $1,049 or more for every tablet, and that is where the 11-inch Latitude 11 5000 shines. Starting at $749, this 2-in-1 is limited to a single 1080p touch screen protected by Corning Concore Glass, and the chassis has a thicker, rounded shape more like a budget consumer tablet. You can still order the Latitude 11 with either Windows 8.1 or 10, and you can select either the Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor or the Core M5-6Y57 with vPro. The Latitude 11 has just one USB Type-C port (not Thunderbolt), one full size USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI port, a micro SIM slot, and an SD card reader.
Despite the lower starting price the Latitude 11 5000 still offers TPM 2.0 security and comes with Intel dual-band 802.11AC Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.1 LE. You can even order this 11-inch tablet with one of two different options for WWAN so your workforce stays connected anywhere.