Dell is introducing a new Chromebook line called the 5000 series that’s meant to bring ever-so-slightly higher-end features to its education-focused lineup of Chrome OS laptops.
The debut device will be the Chromebook 5190, an 11-inch model available as either a traditional clamshell or a 2-in-1. New to this model — for a Dell Chromebook, at least — is the addition of USB-C, stylus support, and an optional world-facing camera, so students can take photos even when the 2-in-1 is flipped around like a tablet.
Otherwise, the specs are only supposed to be a bit better than what you’d find on Dell’s existing 3000 series education Chromebooks. The 5190 is supposed to get 13 hours of battery life, as opposed to 10 hours, and it’ll include options for a quad-core Intel Celeron processor, instead of just dual core.
Since this Chromebook is meant for the classroom, Dell also says it’s designed to be pretty sturdy, capable of surviving drops from four feet in the air as well as “10,000 micro-drops” from a four-inch height.
These kinds of features are pretty standard for education-focused Chromebooks. Acer offers one with “military-grade” durability, and HP has a 2-in-1 with USB-C, a world-facing camera, optional stylus, and a rugged build. Basically, there’s not a ton of differentiation in this market right now, but it means there are a lot of options for schools.
Dell’s new model is supposed to go on sale in February, with pricing starting at $289. That’s $70 more than the entry-level model in the 3000 series line, which runs as high as $289 for a fully configured 11-inch machine. That means the 5190 might end up at close to $400 in its max configuration, which is on the pricier side for schools.