PC MAKER Dell has unveiled the business-focused Chromebook 13, a high-end Chrome OS powered laptop that has its sights set firmly on the enterprise.
Giving Google's Chromebook Pixel a run for its money, the Dell Chromebook 13 sports a premium magnesium alloy and aluminium chassis, kitted out with a backlit keyboard and glass trackpad.
There's a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron processor inside the chassis, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Dell boasts that the laptop can boot up in less than six seconds, and promises 12 hours of battery life from the Chromebook 13.
As its name would suggest, there's a 13in IPS LCD screen, or 13.3in to be exact, which features a 1080p Full HD resolution and optional touch.
As the latest member of Google's Chrome for Work programme, Dell's latest offering is easily supported by IT staff through the web-based Chromebook management tools, and the laptop also comes with support for Dell's own manageability, security and desktop virtualisation solutions.
Kirk Schell, vice president and general manager of commercial client solutions at Dell, said: "Our latest Chromebook offering is designed for the mobile professional, and provides customers with an unrivalled Chrome experience which mixes the cost and simplicity benefits of Google's Chrome portfolio with Dell's commitment to design.
"Not only does the solution offer customers a superior mobile working experience, but with the availability of Dell’s leading security, management and ProSupport Plus service, it is easy to integrate into wider device ecosystems."
The Dell Chromebook 13 will be available in the US from 17 September priced at $399, and will come to the UK on 1 October.
If you upgrade the laptop it could set you back a lot more than $400, as the Chromebook 13 can be customised with Intel Core i3 and i5 chips, up to 8GB of RAM and 32GB storage.
Dell's latest laptop arrives at the same time as a report from retail research outfit NPD, which claims that sales of Chromebooks have overtaken sales of Windows laptops in the US. µ
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