As expected, Dell is launching a new version of the Chromebook 11, and this time it has a low-power Intel Bay Trail processor instead of a more powerful Intel Haswell processor like the Core i3 chip in the Chromebook 11 I reviewed recently.

But that’s not the only change: Dell has also redesigned the case of the Chromebook 11 and introduced a Windows version of the laptop. That model is called the Latitude 11 Education Series.

Both laptops are designed for students and educators, but they’re available for anyone to buy.

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Update: The new Dell Chromebook 11 is now available for $249 and up.

The laptops feature Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core processors, 2GB to 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and 11.6 inch displays with optional touchscreens.

Since these laptops are designed for use int he classroom, they have rugged features including Gorilla Glass screens, a MIL-STD 810G tested case for pressure, temperature, shock, and vibration resistance, and a sealed keyboard and touchpad for spill protection.

You can also push back the screen 180 degrees.

Dell’s new Chromebook 11 launches today for $250 and up, while the Latitude 11 Education Series with Windows 8.1 will launch on March 3rd if you want a model without a touchscreen. The touchscreen model will be available in late June.

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10 replies on “Dell launches Bay Trail Chromebook 11, Latitude 11 for school use”

  1. It’s rugged and from Dell. That’s great. But at $250 I’m gussing this has to have a TN panel.

    1. The Celeron N2840 chip *is* a Bay Trail processor. It’s based on the same architecture as the Atom Z37xx series chips, but it offers better performance than Atom chips while using less power than Haswell processors.

      1. That’s interesting. I was just under the assumption that a Celeron on a chromebook must be a Haswell. Kinda sneaky changing it to Bay Trail.

        1. Celeron Bay Trail chips have been available since 2013 and Acer, Asus, and a few other companies offer Chrome OS and Windows notebooks using the chips.

          1. That just shows my ignorance then. I thought all of the newer ones were based on Haswell. Do they have separate models or am I just way off?

          2. Intel simply sell all their budget range chips under Celeron or Pentium branding… So you’d have to look up the individual chip model number to know whether it’s a Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, or Bay Trail M/D based model…

            The Bay Trail M/D series are higher powered than the Bay Trail T SoCs used in mobile tablets, etc. but still more power efficient than the other Celeron/Pentium models based on Core processors… They’re just intended for laptops, etc. and not fully optimized for mobile usage like the Bay Trail T series… Meaning features like Connected Standby is disabled by default for Bay Trail M/D models…

            A Haswell, on up, based Celeron/Pentium should still have a 50% processor advantage but at higher power consumption, greater heat generation, and with more features, like Quick Sync, Hyper Threading, etc disabled by default… give some reason to consider a Bay Trail based Celeron/Pentium… Along with generally lower costs, smaller size, etc.

            Celeron/Pentium Core based models also tend to be significantly lower clocked… So the performance advantage is reduced compared to a full Core model… While GPU performance is more or less similar… So generally you can get about the same amount of usage out them all… It’s just a matter of what trade offs matter more to you… Battery life or a bit more performance but not a lot more performance…

  2. Please don’t tell me the windows version only has a 16GB SSD…That horrible. After WIndows and Bloatware is installed, you’ve like 2GB left…

    1. The silliness of Dell’s marketing for Latitude Education Series is that it has no moving parts, to be more “rugged”, but comes standard with a 7mm hard drive

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