Dell Introduces Improved Inspiron 2-in-1s With New Hinge Design

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 6 Comments

Dell is introducing somewhat of a major upgrade for the Inspiron 13 and Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1s. Both the devices were upgraded just back in August 2018, so it’s surprising to see another upgrade in such a short time.

In terms of the actual upgrades, there aren’t a lot of new things here. Dell is introducing a new “innovative” pen garage design for the device where you can keep your Active Pen. The new hinge design essentially allows you to store the pen on the hinge itself, and Dell says the rotatable hinge design allows you to access the pen whether you are in laptop mode, stand mode, tent mode, or tablet mode.

The company has refined the design of the hinge to make sure airflow continues to flow normally. It’s also apparently more aesthetically pleasing than previous designs for the hinge. In fact, it’s even built a new design for routing the cables from the laptop to the screen which it’s going to be patented in the near-future.

The upgraded devices also come with an improved keyboard design where the fingerprint scanner is embedded into the power button so you can unlock the device with the same button you use to power it on. There’s a new Adaptive Thermal Technology that is able to detect when the device is sitting on a desk or being moved around and adjust the performance settings accordingly to ensure the heat dissipation adjusts depending on your usage. In other words, your device is going to heat up less when you are using it on your lap, for example, and offer more performance and thus generate more heat when you are using it on a desk.

Dell’s new Inspiron 13 7000 and Inspiron 15 7000 will be available in June/July 2019. Pricing is yet to be revealed.

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6 responses to “Dell Introduces Improved Inspiron 2-in-1s With New Hinge Design”

  1. shameermulji

    These look really nice

  2. NoFlames

    There are so many teaser releases at CES, yet without specific pricing it's hard to make any kind of determination. I think the pen garage is a great idea, and glad someone innovated on it.

  3. jaredthegeek

    Looks like it still has a barrel charger and not USB C charging only which as previously discussed an idiotic move in 2019. USB C delivers enough power to charge anything now and there is no excuse for it not to be fully in use. In a business class machine like this where there is plenty for ports having the barrel dropped for USB C Thunderbolt makes sense.

    • wright_is

      In reply to jaredthegeek:

      Most things, at least. Some highend laptops exceed the USB-C power specifications,

      Dell Precision laptops with Xeon processors, high end nVidia Quadro graphics exceed the designed power limits of USB-C, but these pair of Inspiron should be well within USB-C limits.

  4. 02nz

    I was also wondering why they're showing these now when they just upgraded the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s to Whiskey Lake a few months ago. But looking at the Q2 release date, this makes sense - I'm betting these will have 9th-gen Ice Lake processors, which Intel just announced for Q2 availability. (And for the premium comment complaining about lack of USB-C charging: The current Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s also have barrel chargers but also support USB-C PD. I keep the barrel-connector charger at home and use a ZMI USB-C charger on the go. I'm betting these will also support PD and DisplayPort on the USB-C port.)

  5. warren

    This could be the best-looking Inspiron of all time? Sure has come a long way from the mid-2000s garish blue borders around the keyboard and trackpad.

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