CES 2021 | Dell redesigns the Latitude 9420 business convertible with 16:10 display, Intel Tiger Lake vPro, 5G, and automatic SafeShutter, but RAM continues to remain soldered
Last year's Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 was essentially a rehash of the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 barring a few internal upgrades. This year, Dell is introducing a redesign to this premium Latitude series with features that will be welcomed by professionals on the move.
The Latitude 9420 will be available in both laptop and 2-in-1 form factors. Both variants feature a similar 14-inch 16:10 display with 500 nits brightness and 100% sRGB coverage. However, the 2-in-1 variant sports a QHD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 DX protection, and Active Pen support while the conventional laptop SKU's display is just FHD+ without pen and ink capabilities.
This year's Latitude 9420 focuses a lot on privacy and AI enhancements. Dell has included an automatic SafeShutter that closes the webcam when not in use. Users also get to manually shut the webcam and mic with dedicated keys. The new Latitude 9420 also bundles the Dell Optimizer software, which is a set of AI-enabled tools to provide better Wi-Fi connectivity, secure logins, and faster auto-wake and lock.
Dell Latitude 9420: Now powered by Tiger Lake but with soldered RAM
Both the convertible and laptop variants of the Latitude 9420 come with up to Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake Core i7 processors. Dell confirmed that vPro variants of these processors are coming this March.
Dell offers configuration choices up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM. However, the RAM is soldered and thus not user-upgradeable. Luckily, users are provided with dual-NVMe SSD options though Dell has chosen to go the M.2 2230 route this time around.
Connectivity is handled by an Intel AX210 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E card with Bluetooth 5.2 support. Buyers can optionally configure the Latitude 9420 with Snapdragon X20 4G LTE or X55 5G modems for WWAN connectivity.
Port selection largely remains the same as the previous generation. That being said, we do see both the USB Type-C ports getting a Thunderbolt 4 upgrade.
The Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 and laptop versions will be available from March 9. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
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