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Dell's Latitude 5421 and Latitude 5521 are set to keep the Latitude line on the cutting edge

Latitude 5421 Double View
Latitude 5421 Double View (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell has announced two new Dell Latitude laptops.
  • They are the Dell Latitude 5421 and Latitude 5521.
  • Their starting prices and exact release dates have yet to be announced.

Dell is absolutely relentless with its release pace. A few weeks ago, we received the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable, and now we're set to get two more Latitudes: the 5421 and 5521. These will feature the latest hardware, including Intel's new CPUs.

Not only will the new Latitudes be strong, but they'll also be among the first PCs to use bioplastics from trees, according to Dell. "Latitude 5000 Series laptops were the first PCs to use reclaimed carbon fiber in the design and are the first to use 21% bioplastics from trees in the lid," Dell states, touting this development as part of its company-wide sustainability initiative.

Dell's 5000 series Latitudes also feature built-in AI that adapts to your work habits to boost application performance and improve battery life. Furthermore, not only are the laptops smarter than ever before, but they're also smaller. Couple that with their config options going all the way up to extreme values such as support for 64GB of RAM, and these tiny machines can pack as much of a punch as you need them to. Here are their specs:

CategoryLatitude 5421Latitude 5521
OSWindows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Ubuntu 20.04
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Ubuntu 20.04
Processor11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11400H
Core i5-11500H vPro
Intel Core i7-11850H vPro
11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11400H
Core i5-11500H vPro
Intel Core i7-11850H vPro
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200
Non-ECC
Dual-channel
Up to 64GB DDR4-3200
Non-ECC
Dual-channel
GraphicsIntel UHD
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
Intel UHD
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSDUp to 2TB SATA HDD
Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4 SSD
Display14 inches
1366x768 (HD)
Anti-glare, TN, 220 nits
1920x1080 (FHD)
Anti-glare, WVA, 250 nits
Anti-glare, touch, WVA, 300 nits
Anti-glare, WVA, low power, 400 nits
Anti-glare, Touch, privacy screen, WVA, 300 nits
15.6 inches
1366x768 (HD)
Anti-glare TN, 220 nits
1920x1080 (FHD)
Anti-glare, WVA, 250 nits
Anti-glare, Touch, WVA, 250 nits
Anti-glare, WVA, low power, 400 nits
3840x2160 (UHD)
Anti-glare, WVA, low power, 400 nits
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
HDMI 2.0
RJ45 Ethernet
microSD card reader
Smart Card reader
3.5mm audio
SIM tray
Two Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
HDMI 2.0
RJ45 Ethernet
microSD card reader
Smart Card reader
3.5mm audio
SIM tray
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth 5.2
LTE
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth 5.2
LTE
CameraUp to FHD
IR camera
Up to FHD
IR camera
SecurityTPM 2.0 FIPS 140-2
Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Smart Card reader
Dell Security Management
TPM 2.0 FIPS 140-2
Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Smart Card reader
Dell Security Management
Battery64Wh
90W, 130W AC adapter
64Wh, 97Wh
90W, 130W AC adapter
Dimensions12.65 x 8.35 x 0.82 inches
(321.35mm x 212mm x 20.95mm)
14.1 x 9.2 x 0.89 inches
(357.8mm x 233.3mm x 22.67mm)
WeightFrom 3.3 pounds (1.49kg)From 3.95 pounds (1.79kg)

As stated above, there's no telling what the starting price of these models will be, and exact release dates are yet to be announced. The only known fact is that Dell is targeting summer for release, so more concrete details should trickle out of the company soon. We will provide updates on the Latitude line as details emerge.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.