Dell's new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can detect when you're nearby, automatically sign in and out

Dell is making a splash with its first reveal of the CES 2019 season, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, which packs a unique little trick to streamline your workflow. Using a dedicated presence sensor, the laptop can detect when you're nearby (or not) and automatically wake or lock the system.

When combined with an optional Windows Hello IR camera, the presence-sensing system in the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can work to let you wake the PC and sign in by simply sitting down in front of your PC. Similarly, it can detect when you get up and walk away, automatically locking things down so you don't have to worry about prying eyes.

It's a neat feature that, however small, bolsters security for Dell's target market for the Latitude 7400 2-in-1: professionals. But the company isn't pushing out just any stuffy business laptop. Rather, the design of the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is pretty sleek, with narrow bezels around the display and a body made of machined aluminum. The company has also managed to make the 14-inch laptop smaller than its predecessor by around 25 percent.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1

On the inside, Dell is making use of Intel's 8th Gen Whiskey Lake Core U-series processors, along with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage. The 14-inch touchscreen comes in at 1920 x 1080, and supports touch and pen input. For the road warriors out there, Dell is also offering optional LTE for connectivity on the go.

In addition to the optional IR camera for Windows Hello, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can also be equipped with a fingerprint sensor, NFC, and smart card readers. Ports include two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, along with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a uSIM card slot, and an SD memory card reader. Finally, Dell estimates the 78WHr battery should last up to 24 hours, depending on the configuration.

The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is set to go on sale in March starting at $1,600.