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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 NASDAQ
 in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

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:DELL) today announced the Dell Latitude Dell's Latitude laptop brand is specifically targeted at the business market which means that standardized parts are used throughout the line and are available for several years for support purposes, as opposed to the Dell Inspiron which is aimed at the consumer market and whose (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 High-speed wireless transmission of data. What is "high" speed is always a changing number. Wireless systems are typically slower than land-based, wireline networks. In the past, wireless broadband started at 250 Kbps, whereas land-based broadband was generally considered to start at T1  technology.

"As mobile computing Using a computing device while in transit. Mobile computing implies wireless transmission, but wireless transmission does not necessarily imply mobile computing. Fixed wireless applications use satellites, radio systems and lasers to transmit between permanent objects such as buildings  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 Description
Mobile Broadband is a type of wireless internet access that differs from Wi-Fi.

Mobile Broadband is the name used to describe the 3G services which are made possible by HSDPA and HSUPA, the latest technologies on the W-CDMA evolutionary path.
 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 The latest generation of the Intel x86 family of CPUs. Core supersedes the 13-year run of the Pentium, which was introduced in 1993. It essentially represents the ninth generation of the x86 architecture, the first chip appearing in the IBM PC in 1981.  Duo T2300 processor and a 14.1-inch wide aspect XGA (EXtended Graphics Array) A screen resolution of 1,024x768 pixels. The term stems from IBM's XGA display standard introduced in 1990, which extended VGA to 132-column text and interlaced 1,024x768x256 resolution. XGA-2 later added non-interlaced 1,024x768x64K.  display. The $1,149 base configuration includes 512MB shared(b) DDR (Double Data Rate) Refers to an SDRAM memory chip that increases performance by doubling the effective data rate of the frontside bus. For more details, see SDRAM.

DDR - Double Data Rate Random Access Memory
2 memory, 40GB(c) SATA (Serial ATA) A serial version of the ATA (IDE) interface, which has been the de facto standard hard disk interface for desktop PCs for more than two decades. The original Parallel ATA (PATA) interface was launched in 1986.  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 The NVIDIA Quadro is a series of AGP and PCI Express graphics cards created by the NVIDIA Corporation. The cards are designed to accelerate CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and DCC (digital content creation) and are usually found in workstations. (R) NVS NVS - Non-Volatile Storage  120M business graphics solution with 512MB(e), a high-resolution WUXGA (Wide Ultra XGA) A wide screen resolution of 1900x1200 pixels. See PC display modes.

 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 See how to access the Internet. , with a year-on-year increase in unit sales unit sales

Sales measured in terms of physical units rather than dollars. Unit sales data are often used by financial analysts when evaluating the health of a company.
 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 The Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment 2002/95/EC[1] (commonly referred to as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive or RoHS (i).

The new systems feature the Latitude three-year limited warranty Limited warranty

A warranty with certain conditions and limitations on the parts covered, type of damage covered, and/or time period for which the agreement is good.
(j) with Next-Business-Day On-site Service(k).

About Dell

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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 (Wide XGA) A wide screen resolution of 1366x768 pixels. See PC display modes.

 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 (Wide Super XGA) A wide screen resolution of 1680x1050 pixels. See PC display modes.

+ 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 (networking) Terms Of Service - (TOS) The rules laid down by an on-line service provider such as AOL that members must obey or risk being "TOS-sed" (disconnected).  contract. Service timing dependent upon time of day call placed to Dell. U.S. only.
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