Ahead of CES 2019, Dell introduced its new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 convertible laptop that brings together high portability, a rich feature set, and an extremely long battery life. One of the key features of the new hybrid notebook is its ExpressSign-In capability that senses presence of the owner and automatically logs them in. More details below.

The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 comes in a CNC-machined aluminum unibody chassis featuring a 14.89 mm z-height, a weight that starts at 3 lbs (1.36 kilograms), and very narrow display bezels that have enabled Dell to install a 14-inch Full-HD display into a very portable enclosure. The ‘Super Low Power’ 10-point touchscreen features a 300 nits brightness and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The screen is compatible with Dell’s Active Pen stylus that is sold separately.

The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 convertible laptop is based on Intel’s quad-core 8th Gen Core processors (Whiskey Lake-U) with integrated UHD Graphics 620 paired with up to 16 GB of onboard LPDDR3-2133 memory. Storage comes via an M.2-2280 PCIe/NVMe SSD, with capacities of up to 2 TB and optional encryption. When it comes to wired connectivity, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has two Thunderbolt 3 ports that can be used for charging, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connectors, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader, a TRRS audio jack, and a FIPS 201 Smart Card reader. On the wireless side of things, the convertible machine features a 802.11ac/802.11ax Wi-Fi + Bluetooth adapter, an optional Category 16 Gigabit-class 4G/LTE modem, and a contactless Smart Card reader. Obviously, the laptop also has speakers and a microphone array.

Dell positions its Latitude machines as its top-of-the-range offerings for business and corporate users (competing against HP’s Elitebook and Lenovo’s ThinkPad PCs) so all the Latitude-branded notebooks are outfitted with top-notch security and communication features. Apart from rather orthodox fingerprint scanner, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has an IR-equipped webcam (Windows Hello-compatible) as well as contactless and contacted Smart Card readers.

One particularly interesting feature of the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is Dell’s new ExpressSign-In capability that automatically senses presence of the owner and automatically logs them in requiring absolutely no effort through Windows Hello. This feature might eventually find its way to other laptops from Dell, but at present it remains exclusive to the Latitude 7400 2-in-1.

To ensure a long battery life, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 convertible laptop may come with a 52 Wh (with or without ExpressCharge) or a 72 Wh battery. The latter obviously adds weight, but enables the machine to work for up to 24 hours on one charge based on the MobileMark 2014 benchmark (i.e., it remains to be seen how long will it last in real life).

Dell will start sales of the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 convertible notebook in March 2019. Prices will start at $1,599. The machine will come with a one-year limited warranty by default, but optional extensions to up to five years will be available as well.

Specifications of the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
  Latitude 7400 2-in-1
LCD Diagonal 14"
Resolution | Brightness | Features 1920×1080 | 300 cd/m² | Anti-reflective and Anti-Smudge
Color Gamut ?
Touch Support Yes
Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU  Intel’s quad-core 8th Gen Core processors (Whiskey Lake-U)
Graphics UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Storage M.2 2230 PCIe/NVMe Class 35 up to 1TB SSD
M.2 2230 PCIe/NVMe Class 35 Opal 2.0 SED 256GB SSD
M.2 2280 PCIe/NVMe Class 40 up to 1TB SSD
M.2 2280 PCIe/NVMe Class 40 2TB (Summer 2019)
M.2 2280 PCIe/NVMe Class 40 Opal 2.0 SED up to 512G
TPM 2.0 FIPS-140-2 Certified / TCG Certified (April 2019)
Wireless Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Qualcomm QCA61x4A 802.11ac Dual Band (2x2) + BT 4.2
Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 9560 (802.11ac) 2x2 + BT 5.0
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 LE
4G/LTE Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE-A for AT&T, Verizon & Sprint
Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE-A
USB 3.1 -
3.0 2 × Type-A
Thunderbolt 2 × TB 3 (for data, charging, DP displays)
Card Reader Optional contacted FIPS 201 Smart Card Reader
Optional contactless Control Vault 3 140-2 Level 3-certified Smart Card Reader
Cameras Front HD webcam + optional IR camera for face authentication
Hardware Authentication Bundles Optional Hardware Authentication Bundle 1: Touch Fingerprint Reader in Power Button
Optional Hardware Authentication Bundle 2: Contacted Smart Card and Control Vault 3
Optional Hardware Authentication Bundle 3: Touch Fingerprint Reader in Power Button, Contacted Smart Card, and
Control Vault 3
Optional Hardware Authentication Bundle 4: Touch Fingerprint Reader in Power Button, Contacted Smart Card,
Contactless Smart Card, NFC, and Control Vault 3
Optional Face IR camera (Windows Hello compliant) with Proximity Sensor (~1 meter / 3 foot range)
Other I/O HDMI 1.4, Microphone, 2 stereo speakers, audio jack
Other Sensors Gyroscope, eCompass/Magnetometer, Accelerometer, GPS (via WWAN Card only), Ambient Light Sensor,
Adaptive Thermal Performance (via Gyroscope/Accelerometer), Dell Proximity Sensor (~1 meter / 3 foot range)
Battery 4-Cell, 52 WH Polymer Long Life Cycle
4-Cell, 52 WH Polymer, ExpressCharge capable
6-Cell, 78 WH Polymer, ExpressCharge capable

65 W or 90 W USB-C charger
Dimensions Width 32 cm | 12.59 inches
  Depth 20 cm | 7.87 inches
  Thickness 8.57 - 14.89 mm | 0.34 - 0.59 inches
Weight 1.36 kilograms | 2.99 pounds
Launch Price Starting at $1,599

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  • TheJian - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    Make me a 16:10 monitor for under $700 with gsync and I'm sold. Otherwise, ...whatever (yeah, in my laptop too...ROFL). Heck, just bring back 16:10 period. I'm sure you'd find they sell like hotcakes as we have no other choice really. If you're alone you'll certainly make a mint. We get oodles of shorter variants every year (see the new samsung 49 inch junk), but can't get a new 16:10 model every year (a single one) in various sizes. What gives? Surely Dell can take a poll on their site or something for whether or not you like 16:10 or 16:9 (or worse). Is that too hard?

    I'm still hanging on to my 24in dell from a decade ago...LOL (wfp2407-HC or something like that, can't be bothered to look it up now). It was $650 with 4yr warranty special. Just offer me the same thing in 27 or 30in with either gsync or freesync (freesync better be a LOT cheaper though, as it's 2nd place IMHO by far) and I'll gladly part with my money. I might end up buying 7nm amd just to be able to go both ways (htpc one way, main pc another). But I'm not buying a monitor without one or the other.

    All they've done since, mine has 95% color gamut IIRC. 82% today and no gsync/freesync.
    Better gamut, but still no freesync/gsync.

    It's that or the 30in (again without either gpu tech), which is ~$1100 usually. FAIL. I digress...Quit making stuff we don't want, and you'll sell better. $1600 for this thing...Ugh. I'd rather have a larger box and better stuff. I hope you can disable that sign on thing. Something tells me this is easily hackable like 95% of the palm scanner market is with wax it seems (hitachi/fujitsu beaten). The researcher said "quite surprised that it was so easy"...ROFL.
    16:9 at home? LOL, maybe for spreadsheets. Stupid for web or gaming (read, home use). I'll add more monitors for width if I want in gaming, and wide web is just dumb unless you like scrolling all day. Either way, I'll take a FIVE lb laptop to go please ;) These skinny things just make me laugh if you're not a road warrior. Face Auth, FACE PALM, likely just as hackable as everything else like this. A hacker just cancelled his talk on this subject yesterday for black hat. I guess he pissed someone off at his company? LOL. Claim is he can only hack X model, and not XS/ XSmax. They act like nobody buys/bought X models. It's still a hack, but his company shut his talk down probably because they use FACE ID stuff in alipay :) Bkav researchers already did it anyway in 2017. Not even going to get into all the things I'd LIKE in a new laptop that are NOT here but for a starting price of $1600 I'd expect MORE.
  • BigDragon - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    The anemic graphics solution is disappointing. That's far too much money to pay for only Intel graphics.
  • biswasd - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - link

    Only 300 nits?!

    Way too dim compared to elite books and new thinkpads....

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