Dell is updating is Latitude line of business-class laptops with set of new models sporting 12.5 inch to 15.6 inch displays and support for 7th gen Intel dual-core processors or 8th-gen quad-core chips, depending on the model.

The new Dell Latitude 5000 series laptops are available starting today for $779 and up, while Attitude 7000 Series models sell for $1049 and up.

The new 5000 series models include a Dell Latitude 5290 (12.5 inch), a Latitude 5490 (14 inch), and a Latitude 5590 (15.6 inches).

Since this is Liliputing, let’s take a look at the options for the smallest of the bunch:

Dell Latitude 5290

  • 12.5 inch, 1366 x 728 pixel anti-glare non-touch display
  • Up to 7th-gen Intel Core i5 dual-core or 8th-gen Core i7 quad-core CPU
  • Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory
  • Up to 1TB of hard drive or SSD storage
  • 42Wh, 51 Whr, and 68 Whr battery options
  • Backlit and non-backlit keyboard options

The laptop measures 12″ x 8.3″ 0.8″ and weighs just under 3 pounds with a 42Wh battery and an M.2 solid state drive. It supports an optional SmartCard Reader and optional fingerprint reader, has two USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, VGA and Gigabit Ethernet jacks, and a headset jack.

Larger models in this series are also available with full HD display options

Now let’s take a look at the smallest 7000 series model:

Dell Latitude 7290

Like its smaller sibling, this laptop supports 7th and 8th-gen Intel processors, but it has only a single SODIMM slot for memory so it tops out at 16GB of RAM. It also has a 1366 x 768 pixel non-glare display, and this model only comes with solid state storage (with options ranging from 128GB to 1TB).

The whole things comes in a lighter package, which weighs 2.6 pounds and measures 12″ 8.2″ x 0.65″ and the laptop is also available with or without a backlit keyboard.

The Latitude 7290 has optional support for a Thunderbolt 3 port as well as, SmartCard, and fingerprint sensors.

This model sells for $1049 and up.

But generally speaking, I think the 13.3 inch Latitude 7390 is probably worth spending a little extra on, thanks to a slightly more compact design and a bigger, higher-resolution display, among other things.

Dell Latitude 7390

This model measures 12″ x 8.2″ 0.65″ and weighs just under 2.6 pounds. Basically it’s the same size as the Latitude 7290, but it has slightly slimmer bezels, which makes room for a bigger display.

The Latitude 7390 has most of the same features as the smaller model, but it’s available with a choice of a 1920 x 1080 pixel touch or non-touch display.


According to Dell’s spec sheet, all of these models feature non-glare displays, and if they’re anything like the Dell Latitude 7390 I got to spend some time with recently, that means they have matte displays.

There’s a full-sized HDMI port, an Ethernet jack, USB Type-C (Thunderbolt optional) and full-sized USB ports, optional IR camera support, 42Whr and 60 Whr battery options,

The Dell Latitude 7390 is available starting today for $1249 and up.

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4 replies on “Dell updates Latitude 5000 and 7000 series laptops for 2018”

  1. Dell 5290 ANTI-GLARE non-touch display – GOOD! But for the 5290 I don’t see an option for the 8th-gen Core i7 quad-core CPU you mentioned, the best I see is an i5-8350U Quad Core. There are many other models in the new 5000 series though. The really bad thing is that only M.2 SSDs are available for the 5290, the largest of which is 512GB and it adds more than $330 to the price. I prefer a big rotating HDD (~1TB), I multi-boot Linux/Windows. Anyway the 5280 with the i5-8350U Quad Core starts at around $1,100 and scrapes $2K as you add all the goodies. I see no Ubuntu option.

    1. Agreed, 1080p is the standard for just about everything these days, 1440p laptop wouldn’t be bad either, 4k is still overkill though as UIs have not yet fully adapted to support it.

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