Dell announces the Latitude 5285: a 2-in-1 Surface Pro competitor
Since the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has been working steadily to build an operating system that works similarly across a wide range of devices — from smartphones to tablets, to laptops and desktop PCs. The dream concept for super-portable PCs in the form factor of a tablet has become a viable option, especially since Windows 10 got more polish to it and the hardware reached a place where it was possible to cram no-compromise components in a small body.
So, manufacturers other than Microsoft are now also looking to make a 2-in-1 tablet-PC hybrid which actually appeals to professionals by offering the best of both worlds. Dell is no stranger to the tablet scene, and the company has now announced a brand-new hybrid device, which is a direct competitor to Microsoft's own Surface Pro 4.
The Dell Latitude 5285 is a 12.3-inch tablet with stylus support (whether a stylus is included is currently unknown) that can transform into a laptop via a separately-sold keyboard. Its screen supports a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and its powered by a dual-core 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core processor. The device comes in multiple configurations, with either 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB of SSD for internal storage.
The Dell Latitude 5285 should go on sale by the end of the month and prices will start from $899, but we don't have a clear pricing for the various tiers or the fully loaded model. The separately-sold keyboard's cost is also yet to be announced.