Dell launches 12, 14 inch Latitude 7000 series ultrabooks with Haswell

As expected, Dell has introduced a new line of business class ultrabooks as part of its Latitude laptop family. Prices start at $1050 for the new portable notebooks sporting Intel Haswell processors and business-friendly features including sturdy cases, swappable batteries, and 3 years of support.

Unlike most ultrabooks, these models are also meant for enterprise customers that might want to take them apart and service them on site — the owner’s manuals have all sorts of details about opening the case to access the memory, storage, display panel, and other components.

Dell Latitude E7440

Dell Latitude E7440

Dell Latitude E7240 12.5″ ultrabook

For $1170 and up, Dell is offering a 3 pound laptop with a 12.5 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display.

At launch, this model only seems to be available with one configuration: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4010U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state drive. The Dell Latitude E7240 has 3 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, and

It features an 802.11b/g/n WiFi card, a 31Whr battery, measures less than 0.8 inches thick, and features a MIL-STD-810G tested metal chassis.

The laptop comes with Windows 8 Pro, and Dell offers optional accessories including a docking station, a USB modem, or an extended warranty. You can also pay $14 to have Dell pre-install Firefox for some reason. Or you could just install the web browser yourself for free.

Dell says additional options including a 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display, WiMAX, HSPA+ and LTE mobile broadband, and a 42Whr battery will also be available in the future.

Other options include a SmartCard reader and fingerprint scanner.

Additional processor, storage, and memory options may be available down the line.

Dell Latitude E7440 14″ ultrabook

Dell’s largest ultrabook is also a bit cheaper, with a starting price of $1050.

That price covers a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a Core i3-4010U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Interestingly, Dell’s product page makes no mention of a solid state storage option — even though a laptop needs at least a small SSD in order to qualify as an “ultrabook” under Intel’s guidelines.

The Dell Latitude E7440 weighs 3.6 pounds and measures 0.8 inches thick. It has a 34Whr battery, although a larger 45Whr battery option should be available later.

The rest of the specs are similar to those for the 12.5 inch model, including 3 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and optional security and wireless options.

Dell will also soon offer an option of a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, with or without a touchscreen.

thanks Paul!

  • Doug Dunfee

    Heads up, article title says D7000

  • patis

    Latitude 14, 7000 series: $1,049 in USA. $1,886 in Canada!

    Dell.ca … are you kidding?