Redesigned Dell Latitude 5400, 5401, 5500, and 5501 now shipping with Wi-Fi 6 and Intel XMM LTE
As part of the Dell Technology World conference this week in Las Vegas, Dell will be refreshing its mid-range Latitude 5000 series with brand new models for the 2019 calendar year. The upcoming 13.3-inch Latitude 5300, 14-inch 5400, and 15.6-inch 5500 will supplant last year's Latitude 5390, 5490, and 5590, respectively. These new models were announced at the same time as the high-end Latitude 7300 and 7400.
Unlike the pricier Latitude 7300 or 7400, the Latitude 5300, 5400, and 5500 are slightly thicker and heavier but with optional Radeon 540X graphics if desired. Battery options are slightly different and a keyboard backlight is optional. Other than these relatively minor differences, core performance features like 8th gen Core i7 U-class CPUs with vPro, Intel XMM LTE, Wi-Fi 6 AX200, and Dell's security software suite all return for the new Latitude 5x00 models.
Users looking for faster performance from the Latitude 5400 or 5500 can opt for the Latitude 5401 or 5501 instead. These latter two models ship with Intel Core H-class CPUs for much faster performance in the exact same chassis and dimensions as the 5400 or 5500. The drawbacks, of course, are the slightly heavier weight and larger AC adapters in order to cool and run the more demanding CPUs.
The 13.3-inch Latitude 5300 will not have any high-performance "Latitude 5301" options in contrast to its larger 14-inch 5400 and 15.6-inch 5500 siblings.
The Dell Latitude 5400/5401 and 5500/5501 are now available at Dell.com with starting prices ranging from $820 to $1180 and up.