Working closely in partnership with Google, Dell today announced its first-ever enterprise-focused, Latitude-branded Chromebooks.
“The new Latitude 5300 2-in-1 and 5400 now come with secure and seamless Chrome Enterprise,” Dell’s Enterprise Chromebooks website notes. “We paired trusted devices and ProSupport with a cloud-native experience you’ll love.”
As with other recent Chromebook Enterprise-certified Chromebooks, like the Acer Chromebook 714 and HP Chromebook x360 14 I’ve examined so far this year, the new Latitude Chromebooks meet a growing need for this platform’s simplicity and security in the enterprise. To date, Chromebooks have seen the most success in education, where Chrome OS is now the number one platform, and with individuals and small businesses. But with so many larger businesses seeking simpler platforms than Windows, PC makers are starting to respond.
‘We worked intimately with Google to meet the expectations of a large enterprise and create the ecosystem to support it,” said Dell VP Brett Hansen told ZDNet. “We are actively engaging with enterprise customers about Chrome.”
Dell’s new Chromebooks provide both traditional laptop and 2-in-1 form factors, and they ship with Intel Celeron, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, 4 GB to 32 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
The Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise ships with a 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a 360-degree hinge, plus a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, HDMI for video-out, a headphone jack, and a memory card reader. Pricing starts at $820.
The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise delivers a 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) or Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, with or without multi-touch. It has basically the same ports as the 2-in-1 but adds an additional USB 3.1 port and an Ethernet port. It starts at $700.
Like other modern Chromebooks, the new Dells support Linux applications in addition to Android applications. And Dell provides a Unified Workspace program that lets IT admins manage the devices from the cloud, plus 24/7/365 Dell ProSupport in addition to Chrome Enterprise support. Dell is reselling G Suite as well.