Google and dell partners to launch the new Chromebook enterprise laptops that it hopes will draw more businesses away from Windows-powered laptops.
The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise and Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise were born from a partnership between Dell and Google, though the latter also has some updates around Chrome OS enterprise to share today.
These new machines are based on existing models of Dell’s Latitude laptops, except they run Chrome OS. So don’t be surprised if you find them familiar.
This new partnership with Google will help push new Chromebook Enterprise laptops into businesses.
It means IT admins can more easily integrate these Chromebooks into existing Windows environments and manage them through tools like VMware Workspace One.
Microsoft and its partners have offered a range of admin tools for years, making it easy to customize and control Windows-based devices. Google has also tweaked its Chrome Admin console to improve load times, add search on every page, and overhaul it with material design elements.
Businesses will be able to choose from Dell’s 14-inch Latitude 5400 ($699) or the 13-inch Latitude 5300 2-in-1 ($819). Both can be configured with up to Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and even up to 1TB of SSD storage.
The processor options are a little disappointing considering Intel just announced new 10th Gen processors, but the blow is softened slightly as both devices will offer LTE options and USB-C docking.
Dell is the first OEM to announce Chromebook Enterprise laptops, there will be more. “This is not an exclusive with Dell,” explains John Solomon, vice president of Chrome OS at Google
The Dell Latitude Chromebook Enterprise laptops are available to order from August 27th, starting at $699 for the 5400 and $819 for the 5300 2-in-1. Not that this should matter to you, anyway, since it’s not like you’d be the one going out to buy them (unless you’re in charge of your organization’s laptop orders). But if you’re a hardcore Chrome OS fan who’s been wanting a company-issued Chromebook or your company’s IT administrator, this could be exciting news for you.