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Slimmer, Lighter and More Powerful Dell Notebooks Deliver Better Connectivity, Security and Durability; Next-Generation Design, Features Driven by Business Customer Requirements.

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Delivering business demands for increased computing power on the go, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) today announced the Dell Latitude(TM) D620 and Latitude D820 -- slimmer and lighter notebook computers featuring the power of Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processors and the flexibility of optional wireless broadband technology.

"As mobile computing has become mission critical for businesses of any size, Dell found that customers care about durability, security and constant access to critical business information," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president, Dell product group. "These new Latitude systems address and exceed these customer needs in robust design, comprehensive security options, integrated mobile broadband and significant reductions from the prior generation products in weight and thickness."

With a starting weight of 4.4 pounds(a), the Latitude D620 includes an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor and a 14.1-inch wide aspect XGA display. The $1,149 base configuration includes 512MB shared(b) DDR2 memory, 40GB(c) SATA hard drive and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi capability.

A base configuration for the Latitude D820 (starting weight 5.6 pounds)(d) is $1,289 and includes an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor with a 15.4-inch wide aspect XGA display, 512MB DDR2 shared(b) memory, 40GB(c) SATA hard drive and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi capability. Advanced upgrade options for the D820 include the NVIDIA Quadro(R) NVS 120M business graphics solution with 512MB(e), a high-resolution WUXGA display and 120GB(c) hard drive.

Next-Generation Notebooks Packed with Features

In 2005, more business customers worldwide chose Dell Latitude notebook computers over any other business notebook(f). The business notebook market is experiencing rapid growth as mobile users confirm the benefits of wireless Internet access, with a year-on-year increase in unit sales of 25 percent worldwide (excluding Dell) for 2005. During this period, Dell experienced almost 37 percent increase in year on year growth and achieved market share of 19 percent.

Building on this success, Dell proactively worked with customers to develop features and design enhancements.
-- HyperConnect(TM) -- enables a true "work virtually anywhere"
 workforce, with users staying connected and productive
 regardless of where their business takes them.

 -- Choice of wireless broadband(g) connection options, with
 carrier choices of Cingular Wireless or Verizon Wireless
 (in U.S.) and Vodafone (in Europe).

 -- Pre-configured for 802.11n scalability, a wireless
 specification that can significantly increase throughput
 and range relative to current Wi-Fi-enabled hardware.

 -- Smart Security -- helps IT managers provide appropriate system
 and network access while protecting sensitive data from
 illicit access.

 -- Integrated new optional biometric fingerprint reader,
 smart card, and trusted platform module (TPM1.2) provide
 choice to help customers ensure authorized access to data.

 -- Wave Embassy Trust Suite integrated security solution
 allows users or enterprises to easily enable and manage
 any of these security technologies individually or in
 concert.

 -- Can help locate missing notebooks and delete data remotely
 with embedded support for Computrace theft recovery and
 asset tracking software.

 -- Product Durability -- RoadReady(TM) quality designates a
 durable design and rigorous testing to help ensure systems
 stand up to wear and tear for the long haul.

 -- Full magnesium alloy construction contributes to solid fit
 and finish while protecting sensitive internal components.

 -- Sealed, spill-resistant keyboards, full-time hard drive
 protection with StrikeZone(TM), metal-reinforced security
 slots are included standard.

 -- Innovative Design -- increases productivity with features
 based on real-life work conditions and requirements.

 -- New designs are thinner and lighter than previous
 generation.

 -- Wi-Fi Catcher(TM) helps find wireless connections without
 turning on or booting up, and Location Profiler makes it
 easy to configure settings for a variety of networks or
 locations.

 -- Increase productivity with wide-aspect displays that have
 30 percent more content(h) area and high-capacity
 batteries for all-day computing.


Available now, the D620 and D820 feature Intel Core Duo processors and are fully compatible with Latitude notebook accessories shipped since 2003 including docking stations, optical drives and power adapters. Adhering to Dell's Design for the Environment program, both new systems meet the requirements of the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive(i).

The new systems feature the Latitude three-year limited warranty(j) with Next-Business-Day On-site Service(k).

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely enabled by its direct business model, Dell sells more systems globally than any computer company, placing it No. 28 on the Fortune 500. Company revenue for the last four quarters was $56 billion. For more information, visit www.dell.com. To get Dell news direct, visit www.dell.com/RSS.

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc.

Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

Pricing, specifications, availability, and terms of offers may change without notice. Taxes, fees, shipping, handling and any applicable restocking charges are extra, and vary.

(a) Starting weight of 4.41 pounds (2.0kgs) for the D620 is with a 14.1-inch WXGA display, Intel GMA 950 graphics, Dell Travel Module and four-cell battery. Weights vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.

(b) Up to 224MB of system memory may be allocated to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

(c) For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes; total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.

(d) Starting weight of 5.6 lbs (2.54kgs) for the D820 is with a 15.4-inch WSXGA+ display, Intel GMA 950 graphics, Dell Travel Module and six-cell battery. Weights vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.

(e) The total of local and shared system memory used by this graphics card is up to 512MB. Local on-board memory is 256MB. Up to 256MB of system memory may be allocated to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

(f) Based on IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Mar. 2006, year-over-year worldwide business portables shipments (including small office, small business medium business, large business and very large business).

(g) Must be a Verizon Wireless or Cingular subscriber in the U.S., and Vodafone in Europe. Actual connectivity is subject to wireless service provider's coverage area and may be affected by equipment, topography, signal strength, environmental considerations and other factors. Service may vary significantly within buildings. Dell does not guarantee coverage.

(h) Content comparison based on LCD 14.1-inch wide-aspect pixel count of (1280 x800) and LCD 14.1-inch standard aspect pixel count of (1024 x 768).

(i) Meets the requirements of the EU directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances dated Jan. 27, 2003.

(j) For a copy of our guarantees or limited warranties, please write Dell USA L.P., Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. For more information, visit www.dell.com/warranty.

(k) Service may be provided by third party. Technician will be dispatched if necessary following phone-based troubleshooting. Subject to parts availability, geographical restrictions and terms of service contract. Service timing dependent upon time of day call placed to Dell. U.S. only.
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