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Dell Latitude 5285, a Surface Pro clone, unveiled

by Brandon Russell | January 3, 2017January 3, 2017 2:03 pm PDT


Surface Pro users waiting for a new model might want to check out Dell’s latest machine, which bears a striking resemblance to Microsoft’s hybrid tablet, including support for a stylus and a soft keyboard cover. It even has a built-in kickstand, something that the Surface Pro has become famous for since it first launched in 2013.

Some of the Latitude 5285’s specs include a 12.3-inch 1080p display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, up to 1TB SSD, and up to 16GB of RAM. It also includes Intel’s seventh generation Core i processors.

You may have also noticed that the Latitude 5285’s display is a lower resolution compared to the Surface Pro’s 2736 x 1824 resolution display. The decision to go for a lower resolution display is ostensibly to provide the Latitude 5285 with longer battery life, so there’s a benefit.

Not a bad Surface Pro alternative

Dell typically aims its devices at enterprise users, so the Latitude 5285 will likely find an audience among businesses rather than consumers. Still, the company’s new 2-in-1 looks like a pretty solid alternative to the Surface Pro; it features the same capabilities and a similar price of $899 without the keyboard cover.

Additionally, the Latitude 5285 features two USB-C ports, a single USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, and a microSIM slot.

The Latitude 5285 is set to launch on Feb. 28.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...