Most laptops running Chrome OS are aimed at students or consumers, but this week Google introduced its Chromebook Enterprise initiative designed to make its platform viable for enterprise users as well, thus challenging Microsoft's Windows. Dell is the first major PC maker to launch Chromebook Enterprise notebooks designed for businesses and supporting appropriate security, management, and deployment features.

The Chromebook Enterprise systems introduced this week are Dell’s Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chrome convertible notebook with a touch-sensitive Full-HD 13.3-inch display as well as Latitude 5400 Chrome laptop with a 14-inch HD or Full-HD monitor with or without touch support. Both machines come in a post-industrial carbon fiber chassis that features carbon fiber reinforced polymer LCD back and has passed 17 MIL-STD tests. The laptops are 19.3 ~ 19.6 mm thick and weight 1.36 ~ 1.47 kilograms depending on the model. As for battery, Dell will offer options with a 42 Wh, 51 Wh, 60 Wh, or 68 Wh battery packs. This is truly a wide enterprise offering.

Dell’s Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chrome and Latitude 5400 Chrome notebooks are based on Intel’s 8th Generation Core (also Pentium or Celeron) processors with up to four cores as well as Intel UHD Graphics 610/620 paired with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory as well as an SSD of up to 1 TB capacity (that’s a lot for a Chromebook!). As for connectivity, the laptops are equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, an optional Intel XMM 7360 4G/LTE modem, a GbE (5400-series only), a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort as well as power delivery for docking, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, one HDMI 1.4 port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets. Multimedia capabilities of the mobile PCs include a webcam, stereo speakers, a microphone array, and other essentials.

Being aimed at business and enterprise users, Dell’s Latitude 5300/5400-series Chrome notebooks also feature the H1 secure microcontroller, verified boot, a spill resistant keyboard, and other features. Pre-installed software includes Google’s Chrome Enterprise Upgrade with Console, VMware’s Workspace One, Dell’s Data Guardian Cloud, Dell’s Safe Data, as well as Dell’s ProSupport Plus.

Dell's Chromebook Enterprise Notebooks
  Chromebook 5300
2-in-1
Chromebook 5400
Clamshell
Display Diagonal 13.3" with touch 14" HD with/without touch
Resolution 1920×1080 1366×768 without touch
1920×1080 with/without touch
Brightness 255 cd/m² 220 cd/m²
CPU 8th Gen Core
Celeron/Pentium
Graphics UHD 620 (Core/Pentium)
UHD 610 (Celeron)
RAM up to 32 GB DDR4-2666 (two slots)
Storage M.2-2230 NVMe/PCIe SSD, up to 1 TB
Wi-Fi Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
Bluetooth BT 5.0
WWAN Intel XMM 7360 Global LTE-Advanced (optional)
GbE No Yes
USB 1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C for data, charging, display output
2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C for data, charging, display output
3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Webcam 720p optional 720p with shutter
Other I/O HDMI 1.4, microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone
Battery 42 Wh Express Charge
60 Wh Express Charge
60 Wh Long Life Battery
42 Wh Express Charge
51 Wh Express Charge
68 Wh Express Charge
68 Wh Long Life Battery
Dimensions Thickness 16.9 - 19.3 mm
0.66 - 0.76 inches
19.6 - 20.85 mm
0.77 - 0.82 inches
Width 305.7 mm | 12 inches 323.05 mm | 12.7 inches
Depth 207.5 mm | 8.16 inches 216 mm | 8.5 inches
Weight 1.36 kilograms | 3 pounds 1.47 kilograms | 3.24 pounds
Battery Life ?
Price (starting at) $819 $699 for 1366x768

Dell started sales of its Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chrome as well as Latitude 5400 Chrome laptops this week. The convertible machine starts at $819, whereas the non-convertible notebook starts at $699.

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Source: Dell

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  • Hrel - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Nah, go farther, that resolution panel shouldn't even be in use anymore. Look up the actual BOM for laptop panels, the actual price difference is nothing. Reply
  • Haawser - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    But if you got rid of the 720p screens, how could you charge sucke...sorry, discerning customers, an extra $100+ for an upgrade that might cost you <$5 ? Reply
  • RaduR - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    Correct , this is total bullshit. How is even possible for a company like Dell to come up with such panel.
    On the other hand aqusition guys from companies are not stupid and they are NOT buing such things.
    Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    Not always, I could see a case for people old or young with eyesight issues. Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    They're basically Dell Latitude 5490's, but...they cost more?

    What!?
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    Most people are idiots. Reply
  • OFelix - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    I'd be really interested in Chromebooks as laptop versions of thin client devices, except for 2 things:

    1. Non standard keyboard. Users need function keys (and all the rest)
    2. There isn't a native RDP client
    Reply
  • iampivot - Friday, August 30, 2019 - link

    Xtralogic RDP client is too slow? Reply

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