As we approach nearly three decades since Dell Technologies launched the very first Latitude device, Latitude XP, we are reminded of Dell’s long history of innovation.
Going all the way back to 1994, the Latitude XP is regarded as the first laptop with an optional Lithium-ion battery. A quarter of a century later, Dell devices have transformed, but their commitment to innovation hasn’t.
Dell continues to innovate within the Latitude range up to this day and with 28 years of updates and refinements, Dell are closer than ever to perfecting enterprise computing with their extensive range of Latitude Laptops, Desktops, and 2-in-1s.
Let’s take a brief look at the history of the Latitude range and see just how far things have come since 1994.
1994: Latitude XP – The first of the Latitude range launches with the ‘Latitude XP’ which featured the world first Lithium-Ion battery.
1997: Latitude C-Family – Featuring a sturdy, robust design the C-family of Latitude devices were a favourite in harsher climates and were notable for their consistent and interchangeable accessories.
2003: Latitude D-Family – The Latitude D-family was introduced with the models D600 and D800. The D600 aimed to combine heavy-duty power with reasonable portability, whereas the D800 was Dell’s first widescreen Latitude notebook.
2008: Latitude E-Family – Built for portable high-performance, the E-series quickly became a favourite among ‘road warriors’ and travelling executives. The E4200 came in at only 1kg (2.2 pounds), being the lightest commercial notebook in the company’s history, whilst the E6400 boasted a 19-hour battery life.
2016: Latitude 3000, 5000, 7000 Series – The dawn of the modern era, this range of devices released in 2016 is the basis of today’s Latitude range. With three price-points ranging from entry-level basic use, to mainstream every-day business use, to high-spec premium ‘Ultrabooks’ designed to tackle any challenge.
2020: 9000 Series – The 9000 series releases with the Latitude 9410 and 9510. These devices represent the ‘ultra-premium’ enterprise range designed for process heavy applications and top-notch performance.
2021: The latest iterance of the Latitude 3000, 5000, 7000 and 9000 suites.
This brings us to the devices Dell has available today which have come a long way since the Latitude XP in 1994. The videos below showcase just a few of the next-gen features Dell has pioneered over the past 28 years of innovation.
If you have ever purchased a Dell before, you will know that their range of devices and specs is second-to-none, which is why I have spotlighted a few devices below that showcase the latest features in Dell’s Latitude range.
The Dell Latitude range really has come a long way from the Latitude XP, released 28 years ago, back when laptops batteries only lasted (up-to) 8 hours.
Furthermore, after nearly 30 years in a rapidly changing world, the Latitude range has maintained its popularity among businesses and continues to be a cornerstone of enterprise computing. This is an incredible feat to achieve in the 21st century and gives me every confidence the Latitude range will be around for another 28 years.
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