Dell plans to launch at least two new ultrabooks under its business-friendly Latitude line this year. That’s according to a leaked product roadmap which appears to show the company’s plan for Latitude laptops through the end of the year.

dell latitude e7240

The ultrabooks will reportedly be notebooks with 12.5 inch displays and branded as part of the Dell Latitude E700 series.

Dell Latitude E7240

The first model will be available with a choice of a 1366 x 768 pixel display or a 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen. It measures 12.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.79″ and weighs about 2.9 pounds with a 3-cell battery.

Dell will offer the Latitude E7240 with a choice of Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 chips — all of which will be “Haswell,” or 4th-generation Intel Core chips.

The notebook will ship with 4GB Of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of solid state storage.

Business-oriented features include Intel vPro security and mobile broadband options. The battery is also user-replaceable and Dell will offer 3 or 4 cell battery options.

Dell Latitude E7440

This model’s a bit thicker and heavier, and it has a larger display. The notebook has a 14 inch display that will be available with a choice of 1366 x 768 pixel or 1920 x 1080 pixel panels. A touchscreen is also optional.

dell latitude e7440

Like the 12.5 inch model, the Latitude E7440 will be available with Core i3 through i& processors and comes with 4GB of RAM. It can be configured with a solid state disk or a hybrid drive with up to 500GB of hard drive space.

The notebook measures 13.3″ x 9.1″ x 0.83″ and weighs about 3.5 pounds with a 3 cell battery. Dell will also offer an optional 4-cell battery.

It has the same business-oriented features as the smaller model, including a removable battery and optional mobile broadband.

Both laptops are expected to launch this summer.


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12 replies on “Leaked Dell Latitude roadmap shows upcoming Haswell ultrabooks”

  1. Good to see they’re moving to SSDs, they are far superior. Especially for shock proof mobile use. I hope the rest of their line up have SSD drives.

    A minimum of 8Gb RAM would be nice – I have 4Gb on my 2008 Vostro.

      1. Wow, someone’s living in the past. I suggest you try one, they’re superior in every way.

        1. …. you must also think it’s “superior” to have a drive that actually deteriorates as part of its design. Research MLC (Multi layer cell) composition. You get several writes until the cell “dies”. It basically gets smaller and smaller as you use it. Someone is living in ignorance. “Superior in every way” huh?

          I bet you don’t either build your own systems or overclock. In fact, I really hope you’re not a mac user who believes in everything Apple throws at you. But for benefit of the doubt, I’m going to pretend you’re not.

          1. Lol, I suppose you must be used to being wrong? My current system has a stable 5Ghz 2600k, tested for several hours running LinX. But thanks for sharing your ignorant assumptions with the world.

            And modern SSDs last many more cycles, I think you need to try to stay in 2013 instead of 2008. Wake up!

          2. The one being wrong here is you. SSDs use Flash memory technology, to be more specific NAND Flash. NAND flash in itself is less reliable than NOR flash (mostly used for store firmware such as BIOS/UEFI) and the multi-level NAND flash used in SSDs are _much_ less reliable than NOR Flash or HDD technology.

            The more Flash are shrunk the less reliable they become and the more bits are stored/cell the less reliable they become. We are taking several orders of magnitude less reliable – while a NOR Flash can have a tolerance of 10M writes/cell modern NAND Flash can have as few as 1000 writes/cell. Error correcting codes and keeping track of write cycles/Flash block can only do so much…

            That you think “several hours” running anything proves the stability of an overclocked computer shows that you are clueless so this post is mostly intended for others that have the capacity to understand it.

          3. Stupid person – thanks for your reply.

            Firstly, the way to test an overclocked system is by using stability tests. I have done this, my system is stable. It’s running perfectly, but thanks for your concern.

            Secondly, my SSD drive has no errors or problems.

            But thanks again for sharing your stupidity and ignorance with me, it made me laugh. Stick with 1900s technology if you wish, I couldn’t care less. I’ll stick to my blazing fast SSDs.

          4. Read this: then troll…

            SSD in general have built in redundancy, most have 3k – 5k writes per cell. Then, the cell becomes only readable. (You don’t lose the data inside of it.) If you have cca 7% spare NAND in the SSD and small write amplification (like 5x) than you are good for many, many years of writes like 10-20GB per day. Until your capacity shrinks, because the drive tries to write to each cell the same times – this also improves speed of the drive and of course reliability.

        2. Because i found this amusing, i’m going to throw in my tidbit of input. Theoretically speaking, sure, an SSD is less reliable. But at the same time, I’ve had more HDD failures (in a desktop that doesn’t move, mind you), than I’ve ever had with an SSD. Of course i’ve also been running SSD’s for a shorter period of time. But my oldest running 4+ years with 0 instability problems while filling it to the brim constantly (and thus heavily performing re-writes), i would say it is perfectly stable and in no way unreliable. Of course for anything I wish to store for good, i store it on my server with HDD’s. But for a desktop/laptop/ultrabook, i would never give up a SSD.

  2. I hope Dell puts the same effort into getting Linux to work well as with the XPS 13. For example, provide patched drivers or more compatible hardware. It seems I always have touchpad, trackpoint, WiFi and power consumption issues.

    Do Latitudes have settable battery charging thresholds?

    1. I hope so too. I usually buy ThinkPads but I don’t like where they’re going. I don’t like the clickpad, missing numlock LED, out of the box Linux support is getting worse and general design direction.

      Many from my company have similar and more complaints. So much so, my IT department has decided to not buy ThinkPads this year and only get HP EliteBooks and Dell Latitudes and Precisions due the complaints.

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