Dell drops the Latitude 5290 series, replaces it with the Latitude 5300 and 5300 2-in-1
Dell is on a roll this week with its bevy of business-centric announcements. After revealing the Latitude 5400/5401, 5500/5501, 7300, 7400, and Precision 3540/3541, the OEM will be adding two more new models to its 13-inch Latitude lineup equipped with many of the the same "next-gen" features including Intel 8th gen U-class CPU options, Intel XMM LTE, and Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless.
Called the Latitude 5300 and 5300 2-in-1, these mid-range 13.3-inch laptops should appeal to users on a budget who may not be willing to shell out more for the flagship 13.3-inch Latitude 7300 series. The Latitude 5300 is a direct successor to last year's 12.5-inch 5290 while the 5300 2-in-1 convertible is a first for the 13.3-inch Latitude 5x00 family. The convertible model has most of the features of the more traditional Latitude 5300 albeit seemingly without an RJ-45 port.
The display of the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 is limited to a single 1080p IPS option in contrast to the wider range of resolution options on most other Latitude systems. While we find 1080p to be perfect for the 13-inch form factor, we're a bit disappointed that the backlight is only 255 nits. Many consumer Ultrabooks can be over twice as bright for better outdoor visibility.
The Latitude 5300 and 5300 2-in-1 convertible are now shipping for a starting price of $820 and $950, respectively.