Dell Bundles Amazon Alexa on New Consumer PCs

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Chromebook, Hardware, Windows 10 with 9 Comments

At IFA this week, Dell announced a new lineup of PCs with integrated Amazon Alexa support, plus some new Chromebooks.

“We are excited to be at IFA again this year to showcase our technology innovations that continue to enhance the computing experience,” Dell senior vice president Ray Wah said in a prepared statement. “We’ve invested in redesigning our portfolio of mainstream laptops and 2-in-1s with beautiful designs, premium materials, and thoughtful features, illustrating our ongoing dedication to deliver quality devices every user is proud to carry.”

Dell’s announcements were, of course, timed to Intel’s announcement about a “new” generation of Core processors. And as you might expect, a number of the new Dell offerings utilize these new processors.

New from Dell this Fall are:

Inspiron 7000 2-in-1. This new family of PCs provides a brushed aluminum exterior, 13-, 15- and 17-inch models, and The 15- and 17-inch versions offer optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics and optional Intel Optane memory for better performance. Plus, these PCs are all Alexa-ready, with full support coming in the Fall.

Inspiron 5000 2-in-1. Available in a 14-inch form factor, the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 includes many features from the 7000 series, including the optional NVIDIA GeForce MX130 graphics. But it’s also more affordable and includes a full-size HDMI port, a full-size SD card reader, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and one USB 2.0 port. These devices are also Alexa-ready.

Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1. Dell’s first premium consumer Chromebook is a 2-in-1 convertible with “upscale features, thoughtful design, a roomy 14-inch Full HD IPS display, and seamless integration with Google applications and ecosystem.” Its made from aluminum, utilizes an 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U CPU and up to 128 GB of eMMC storage, and it provides up to 15 hours of battery life.

XPS 13. Dell’s flagship XPS 13 now ships with the new Intel 8th Generation i3 processor, and the XPS 13 Developer Edition is available now with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

XPS 13 2-in-1. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has likewise been updated to the new Intel chips and offers a Dynamic Power Mode to “extract maximum performance from the processor, as well as up to 15 hours of battery life and a stunning viewing experience with UltraSharp QHD+ InfinityEdge touch display.”

Vostro 14 and 15 5000. Dell’s family of small business laptops now include the new Intel chips, a USB Type-C port, an optional Single-Sign-On fingerprint reader, and a two-sided narrow border around the display.

Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor. Dell’s new 27-inch Quad HD (2560 × 1440) display provides up to 600 nits of peak brightness, HDR capabilities, a USB Type-C connector that transmits video, data and power, and a thin, 5.5 mm bezels.

What’s perhaps more interesting to me is that Microsoft is promoting Dell’s new offerings, as it is doing with all of the other PC announcements at IFA. But Microsoft, conspicuously, fails to mention the Alexa integration that Dell is itself promoting for its consumer-focused Inspiron models. (Microsoft also failed to mention Dell’s new Chromebook.)


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