Dell on Thursday announced one of the latest Chromebooks, the Chromebook 13. It’s technically going to be targeted at enterprise customers, since it packs special security and mobile workforce apps, but it also offers a lot of power that could make it attractive to consumers, too.
The Chromebook 13 is outfitted with a 13.3-inch display, up to fifth generation Intel Core i5 processors — instead of a weaker Atom processor, that cheaper Chromebooks typically offer — 8GB of storage, a 720p HD video webcam, a full HD IPS display and up to 12 hours of battery life. That’s a pretty long-lasting laptop all things considered.
If you’re interested in the security side of things, Dell says its new Chromebook packs Dell KACE for inventory management, Dell Secure Mobile Access, the Dell SonicWALL Mobile Connect VPN application, support for URL filtering, the Dell Wyse vWorkspace desktop virtualization application and more. Really, this kind of stuff is going to be more attractive to IT departments who want an easier time managing and deploying the Chromebooks among employees.
Dell said the Chromebook 13 will start at $399, which means that entry-level model will probably back a Core i3 chip instead of the beefier Core i5 processor, and will start to hit Canada and the U.S. on September 17.