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  (Source: Engadget)

  (Source: Engadget)
Dell revamps its mobile business line with revamped 12.1" and 13.3" notebooks

Dell is once again leaking information on its upcoming mobile products. Earlier this week, DailyTech reported on Dell upcoming Latitude XT2 Tablet PC. This time around, the information is flowing for the new business-oriented Latitude E4200 and E4300 thanks to Engadget.

The new E4200 looks to target the lightest of the ultra-portables on the market with its 12.1" WXGA, LED-backlit display and trim 2.2-pound target weight. The E4200 achieves its low weight by forgoing an optical drive and by using magnesium alloy for the LCD back and base.

In an interesting move for Dell -- and one that shows its support for solid state disks (SSDs) despite recent reports -- the only storage options for the E4200 will be a 32GB or 64GB SSD. Intel's Montevina platform coupled with Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) processors will be supported along with Intel Turbo Memory 2.0.

When it comes to additional features/functionality, the E4200 aims to please with TPM 1.2, Smart Card reader, VGA output, DisplayPort, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, Ultra-Wideband (UWB), Mobile GPS, GbE, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, Firewire, SD/MMC reader, and an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. A backlit keyboard and fingerprint reader are optional equipment on the E4200.

The next new entry from Dell is the Latitude E4300. The E4300 sports a 13.3", LED-backlit display and integrated graphics. The notebook -- like the aforementioned E4200 -- relies on Intel's new Montevina platform and includes Intel Turbo Memory 2.0.

Unlike the E4200, however, the E4300 will support standard voltage Intel mobile processors and will incorporate either an integrated DVD burner or an integrated Blu-ray drive for optical needs. Traditional 2.5" mobile HDDs or SSDs will be supported with the E4300.

The E4300's list of connectivity options and features mirror those of the E4200, but adds dual pointers (pointing stick + touchpad).

The larger display, support for standard voltage mobile processors and integrated optical drive push the weight of the E4300 to 3-pounds for base systems.

Both the E4200 and E4300 are scheduled to launch in September.





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