Dell launched a new “5000 Series” line of Dell Chromebook during the Bett Show 2018 education-themed convention. The first design in the series is the Chromebook 5190 carrying an 11.6-inch screen relying on the conventional clamshell hinge; or a 360-degree 2-in-1 hinge allowing notebook, tent, stand, and tablet styles. Both are meant to withstand the rough handling of students specifically.
“Dell is the first Chromebook manufacturer with the ability to claim its devices can withstand 10,000 micro-drops;” the company boasts. “With 4-inch drops performed in multiple angles; Dell could replicate student device damage seen at two to four-year usage.”
How the Dell Chromebook Series Is?
Dell typically implemented what it’s discovered and produced over the years with its “ruggedized” laptops and tablets; for the company to its new range of Chromebooks. Dell states the principal ingredients comprise the scratch-resistant display; spill-resistant keyboards, strong hinges, and a solid shell to better protect the innards from regular drops.
Perversely, we don’t have any hardware specs for now. The company slightly says that new Dell Chromebook highlight a world-facing camera on few configurations; USB-C connectivity; a battery guaranteeing up to 13 hours, and compatibility for electro-magnetic resonance pens. These peripherals help direct input on the screen; without the requirement for cables or a battery.
Two- and Four-Core Intel Celeron Processors
According to the company; all units will be based on two- and four-core Intel Celeron processors. Again, we don’t have any specs but Dell’s older 11.6-inch Chromebook 3180 relies on the two-core Celeron N3060 chip; with a core speed of 1.6GHz and the highest boost speed of 2.48GHz. Dell may stay within the Celeron “N” processor line by probably ;using the newly released four-core N4100 and two-core N4000 chips.
Moreover, Dell renders up the current Dell Chromebook 3180 with four customization offset points. Options involve 2GB or 4GB of system memory; 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a 42WHr battery. The port complement consists of two USB-A 3.1 Gen1 ports; a full HDMI port, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a Micro SD card slot for additional storage.
Dell will likely offer a 13.3-inch 5000 Series Chromebook shortly, too. Dell’s current model, the Chromebook 3380; relies on an older two-core Intel Celeron C855U chip; 4GB of system memory, and between 16GB and 64GB of storage. This larger unit includes the same port count as the 3180 but relies on a larger 56WHr battery. The updated version will likely be the Chromebook 5390 if and when it hits the market this year.
Up to date Chrome OS
Eventually, Dell states Google will automatically keep the Chrome OS platform up to date until November 2023. This new Dell Chromebook will also likely support Google Play and Android-based apps; given the 3180 and 3380 Chromebooks reside on Google’s Chrome OS “Stable Channel” list regarding Android support. That indicates the Chromebook may offer up to 64GB of storage; and a Micro SD card slot if the internal capacity isn’t enough for your student’s needs.
The various Dell Chromebook 5190 configurations will be made available sometime in February for a starting price of $289