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Dell announces Latitude Rugged Extreme laptop lineup

Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme rugged laptop
Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme notebook in combat
The 12-inch convertible and the 14-inch rugged notebook from this family will be available next month starting at $3,649 USD and $3,499 USD.

Dell announced at the end of last week the introduction of two Latitude Rugged Extreme notebooks, namely the Latitude 12 convertible and the Latitude 14 laptop. According to the official press release, these two machines are built "for customers who require powerful solutions that can survive unforgiving conditions."

Dell claims the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme is the first fully rugged convertible featuring a flip-hinge design which allows it to transform into a tablet when needed, but without compromising on performance or reliability. Its features include a bottom camera with flash that has 8 MP and resistive multi-touch display for recognizing gestures performed while wearing thick gloves.

Both machines in the lineup can be configured with fourth-generation Intel Core processors, up to 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of SSD storage. They feature USB 3.0 and native serial connectivity (dual serial/RJ-45 on the Latitude 14) and provide excellent autonomy - up to 8.5 hours for the Latitude 12 and 14 hours for its larger sibling. The list of features also includes mobile broadband, dedicated GPS and wireless capabilities.

The Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme has a base price of $3,499 USD and will be available on May 6, while the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible starts at $3,649 USD and is expected to arrive in mid-May.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-04- 8 (Update: 2014-04-10)