Today, Dell announced the Dell Latitude 9330, a 13.3-inch convertible laptop optimized for video conferencing, with touchpad controls and a camera that closes when not in use.
The Latitude 9330, like many laptops, already includes universal mic controls in the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard. This key can be used to turn the microphone on and off for all applications. But a secondary “key” – more like a region of the touchpad – can also be used to mute or unmute during a video call. Three other webcam “buttons” can be used to open a chat window, share your screen, and turn the camera on or off.
The Latitude 9330 will be part of the next generation of laptops that use Intel’s 12th generation “Alder Lake” processor, including vPro options. Dell offers both Windows 11 Home and Pro, as well as a Windows 11 “downgrade” option which is basically just a Windows 10 image.
Otherwise, however, it’s the video conferencing experience that sets the Latitude 9330 apart. For one thing, the included webcam is Full HD, recording a 1080p image and logging you in via Windows Hello. (If that’s not enough, Dell is also one of the few vendors to sell a 4K webcam, the Dell 4K UltraSharp, one of our best webcams of 2022.) The laptop also features Intel’s IPU6 technology for enhanced clarity, assisted by four noise-canceling microphones and four speakers, two of which fire from top to bottom. What’s rather nifty is what Dell calls SafeShutter, which uses an electromagnetic shutter to break a physical barrier on the webcam when it’s not actively in use.
The Latitude 9330 also includes what Dell calls Onlooker Detection, a technology that uses the webcam to detect when someone is standing behind you, reading your screen – as well as “Look Away Detect”, where the webcam “sees” you’re looking. somewhere else. Either way, the laptop can either hide your data or dim your screen, both for security and to save power. Dell has had a feature like this for a few years, which “looks” to see if you’ve looked away or walked away and will turn off your screen. Windows Hello is then used to unlock your PC.
Otherwise, the Latitude 9330 specs are tweaked a bit; the display isn’t 1080p or even 1440p, but a 2560×1600 touchscreen, with Gorilla Glass 6 DX protecting it. The screen also puts out a maximum of 500 nits, suitable for working outdoors – with or without the optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. Memory options range up to 32GB LPDDR5 (5200MHz) with up to a terabyte of M.2 storage or a 256GB self-encrypting drive.
The Latitude 9330 will ship worldwide in June, and pricing will be announced just before the ship date.