Dell announces new Latitude business laptops with "up to 19 hours of battery life"

Dell has just announced a new line of seven Latitude laptops catering to professionals. The big claim is hugely improved battery life: the Direct2Dell blog claims that "some configurations can get up to 19 hours." This improvement seems to come from a duo of factors. On one hand, Dell is offering batteries in cells numbering to the nonuple. On the other, they are now building into the BIOS of every system their new Dell Latitude ON system, which seems remarkably similar to Splashtop (perhaps even licensed by them). What Dell Latitude ON does is allow people to instantly boot into a smaller OS embedded on the BIOS chip, capable of launching typical programs like Firefox and Skype without actually booting up Vista. I'm extrapolating that that "19 hour" battery life figure comes from a combination of both the 9-cell battery and only dinkering around in ON. In addition, the new Latitudes will come in configurations offering fingerprint readers, built-in disk encryption, smartcard readers, 802.11N, mobile broadband, Bluetooth 2.1, etc, with screen sizes ranging from 12 to 15.4 inches. Prices start at $1,200 for the higher end models, with the smaller sized Latitudes still having no price. Not bad, Dell. But where's the E Mini-Inspiron? New Dell Latitude Notebooks: No More Business as Usual [Direct2Dell]
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6 Responses to Dell announces new Latitude business laptops with "up to 19 hours of battery life"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I too am waiting for the Mini Inspiron. I really thought it would be announced by now. Any insider info anyone? Anyone?

  2. Anonymous says:


    While the resolution is indeed important, the size of the display (and the bezel) dictates the footprint of the device, which is one of the most important aspects of a portable device. You will never be able to pack a high-end graphics card into a notebook with a 13″ screen and you will almost certainly dread lugging a 17″ notebook around campus.

    “a huge display that’s low resolution makes for a garbage laptop”

    While that’s doubtless true for many people, I’m sure that older folks with poorer eyesight would appreciate the larger text on such a screen. One man’s garbage . . .

  3. Dillenger69 says:

    Again with the display *size*.
    That was important for CRTs, native resolution is more important for LCDs.
    Long battery life is all well and good but a huge display that’s low resolution makes for a garbage laptop.

  4. strider_mt2k says:


    I was leaning towards the Mini Inspiron with the idea of putting Windows XP on it somehow, but decided to order a Nokia N810 Internet Tablet this morning instead.

    It’s less money, also runs a flavor of Linux and I think it’ll do just about everything I need it to, either right out of the box or with some tweaking.

    (I also got it for the tinkering factor so I’m all about the tweaking.)

    If it fails to work out there is always the Inspiron Mini to fall back on.

  5. DoppelFrog says:

    Is it possible that “…up to 19 hours” comes from replacing the optical drive with a second battery?

  6. Anonymous says:


    The 19 hour battery life comes a combination of several factors:

    (1) The use of a 6-cell main battery and a 9(?)-cell battery slice (which covers the entire bottom of the notebook).

    (2) The use of an additional low-power ARM processor used to run

    (3) A light-weight instant-on non-Windows desktop with limited functionality (email, MSWord reader, browser, etc).

    The keys to the long battery life are (1) lots of battery power and (2) an alternative smart phone-like system inside the laptop.

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