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Dell updates its entry-level Chromebook 3100 with optional LTE connectivity

The Dell Chromebook 3100 is its first entry-level model with optional LTE. (Image: Dell)
The Dell Chromebook 3100 is its first entry-level model with optional LTE. (Image: Dell)
Dell has updated the Chromebook 3100 its entry-level Chromebook with optional LTE connectivity. The new device will initially be offered to educational institutions but will eventually wind its way into Dell’s regular consumer offerings.
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Dell has announced its first entry-level Chromebook with optional LTE connectivity. The new 3100 series variant is targeted at the education sector initially -- with the global pandemic making remote learning the new normal, inexpensive Chromebooks are in strong demand. The introduction of LTE support means that students have the option of being able to stay connected anywhere there is a cellular connection.

As with the regular Dell Chromebook 3100, the new LTE model is powered by an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor matched with 4 GB of LPDDR4 2400 MHz RAM and with 16 GB or 32 GB of eMMC storage. It centers on an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display and packs a 42 Wh battery that Dell says will keep things powered for up to 14 hours. It is fitted with two USB-A ports, one USB-C 3.1 port (one fewer than the non-LTE model) and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The new variant comes equipped with a Intel XMM 7350 Global LTE modem

As with the regular Dell Chromebook 3100, the LTE model is ruggedized, which given its target audience is a plus. It can withstand 30-inch drops onto steel and multiple “microdrops” from 4-inches and from multiple angles. Its keyboard is also spill resistant. Pricing and availability for education will be announced in the spring while the it should reach consumers by the middle of the year. 

(Image: Dell)
(Image: Dell)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-01-13 (Update: 2021-01-13)