Dell teases new Precision M3800 Workstation laptop with 3,200x1,800 resolution

Dell teases new Precision M3800 Workstation laptop with 3,200x1,800 resolution

Summary: The new notebook, revealed at Siggraph 2013, will ship with Intel Haswell processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics options in a 4.5-pound, 0.7-inch body.

TOPICS: Laptops, Dell, Mobility

Dell is proclaiming that its forthcoming Precision M3800 Workstation will be the world's "thinnest and lightest" workstation notebook ever. After showing it off this week at the Siggraph 2013 conference, the company is teasing the new laptop on its website.

The Precision overhaul includes the latest Haswell (or fourth-generation Core) processors from Intel, as well as Nvidia's Quadro graphics (perhaps the new K6000). Just as important, especially to compete against the MacBook Pro, the M3800 will feature a 3,200x1,800 (QHD+) display, which beats the 2,880x1,800 resolution on the Retina display MacBook Pro if the M3800 uses a 15-inch screen.

That's possible, since the new Dell starts at just 4.5 pounds and is a mere 0.7 inches (18mm) thick. That matches the 15-inch MacBook Pro's size, but presumably since Apple doesn't call its top-of-the-line laptop a "workstation," Dell is promoting the M3800 as the world's champ in svelteness.

Unfortunately, precious little else is known about the M3800, including price and availability, other than a vague "later this year." Engadget reports that it will support up to 15GB of RAM and include 512GB SSD or 1TB hard drive options, but we'll have to wait and see if those rumors pan out.

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Mobility

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  • Perfect Timing From Dell Will Give Microsoft A Boost Too

    With all the fuss surrounding the death of Windows XP, now is the perfect time for companies like Dell to cash in on businesses migrating their OS's and updating hardware.

    It's probably done Windows a favour also with some businesses considering the switch to Mac OS X.
  • Does it come with Win7?

    That would rock!
    • It prolly would

      Since this is considered a business machine.

      Two drives: 512 SSD + 1TB HD for storage would be nice.
    • Probably

      More than likely it will, but Windows 7 doesn't support DPI scaling as Win 8.1 will, so you might run into issues with nearly unreadable screens/graphics.
  • Linux

    Does it come with Linux? The poor screen resolution was the biggest problem with Dell's last attempt at a device aimed at developers. This sounds decent.
    John Lauro
    • Would love to see Linux too

    • Fixed

      If you're referring to the XPS 13 Sputnik, the follow up iteration has shipped with a 1080p screen for a while now.
      • Yes I'm referring to it's follow up

        1080p is considered minimum by today's standards, not even ok.
        John Lauro
  • How is this different from Alienware? Dell already owns Alienware.

    How is this different from Alienware? Dell already owns Alienware.
    • Alienware??? don't think so

      What Alienware has a 3,200x1,800 display???
      John Lauro
      • That, too

        Dell-Bill B
    • How is this different from Alienware?

      In general, without making a comment specific to the product, the difference would be the same as between a gaming system with consumer grade GPUs and a workstation class system with professional grade GPUs. That's an oversimplified answer, but since Dell doesn't comment much on unreleased products, that's about all I can say.
      Dell-Bill B
    • It's a business workstation.

      Most gaming laptops have a standard consumer GPU like the GeForce or HD series, whereas workstations will house a Quadro or FirePro card.

      The difference is usually between the drivers and hardware reliability, as professional cards are usually better at intensive tasks like rendering.
    • Differences

      1) Precision workstations are built to military specs and to survive/operate in harsh environments. Alienwares aren't
      2) Precision workstations ship with pro GPUs - mostly Quadros - while Alienwares ship with consumer GPUs
  • At First Glance

    It would seem the keyboard will be lacking in tactile feel and be incredibly difficult for touch typists... but this is something many manufacturers have been neglecting other than Lenovo. In regard to being a "workstation", heavy typing is not a major concern; thus Dell should have looked at a Precision tablet that had enhanced docking and stylus support... something akin to the current XPS 18.
    • Interesting

      XPS 18-based Precision tablet? Sounds like a good idea, but I don't think we can fit workstation level GPU + HDD + RAM into tablet-sized devices just yet.

      I think this is mainly meant to compete with the MBP Retina.
  • Pity Windows Copes So Poorly With High Pixel Densities

    These hi-res screens tend to suffer compatibility problems with Windows apps. Would be better using this hardware to run Android.
    • I suppose it will be ok with windows 8.1

      It will support very high res displays.