Dell Latitude 5285
Dell launches the brand new Latitude 5285, a tablet-PC hybrid that looks just like the Microsoft Surface Pro. Dell

The Microsoft Surface Pro just gained a competitor. Dell has announced the brand new Latitude 5285, a tablet-PC hybrid that looks just like the aforementioned device. The new tablet from Dell is likely to be released by the end of next month.

The 12.3-inch Dell Latitude 5285 tablet equips a kickstand that’s intended to be used with a soft keyboard cover. It also comes with stylus support, although it hasn’t been confirmed if a bundled stylus would be available. The new Dell tablet is able to convert into a laptop using a keyboard, which users have to buy separately.

The Dell Latitude 5285 features an FHD Gorilla Glass display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, which is lower compared to the 2736 x 1824 resolution of the Surface Pro 4. It’s powered by Intel’s dual-core 7th generation Kaby Lake chipset and comes with either 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of SSD storage. Two USB Type-C slots are available to go along with the lone USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader.

According to PhoneArena, Dell also boosted the Latitude 5285’s security via a fingerprint sensor, a contactless smart card reader, a contact FIPS 201 smart card reader and an optional IR camera for Windows Hello face recognition logon feature. The Dell Latitude 5285 is expected to be made available for purchase on February 28 per The Verge. Prices start at US$899 (AU$1,239).

Two-in-one hybrids like the Surface Pro 4 and the new Latitude 5285 are going to be the norm in the near future, even though one tech giant refuses to believe so. Most people prefer portable devices over bulky ones, and with new advancements that allow capable hardware to be crammed inside small structures, the future looks good.

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