ANAHEIM, CA (SIGGRAPH 2013) July 24, 2013 - Dell called it their Whisper Suite, a hotel room in which new and secret products were being shown to the media. Their product manager began the brief event by asking, "What are we doing here [at SIGGRAPH]?"
Well, it turns out that for Dell's workstation division, M&E [media and entertainment] and CAD are the two most important markets. A few years ago, they decided to take CAD seriously by showing up at events like Autodesk University; now they are taking M&E seriously by showing up at SIGGRAPH.
Here in this hotel room, they are giving us sneak peeks at their new 32" 4K monitor and a number of new workstations -- all of which will be introduced in September or later, and some of which we can talk about today.
Dell's very cool M3800 mobile workstation's 15.6" touchscreen has a whopping 3200x1800 resolution.
Sitting on the coffee table in front of us is a fat red laptop, the type that Dell became famous for, too heavy to be portable and with a power supply the size of a brick. The product manager lifts its lid, and it proves to be a fake, much to our amusement. Nestled inside is the new M3800, which Dell calls the world's lightest workstation. It has a carbon fiber bottom, and its 15.6" touchscreen boasts a remarkable 3200x1800 resolution.
"We're spanking our competition, especially one named after a fruit."
Really, Dell considers Apple a competitor?
"Not in CAD, but in M&E, yes"
It is a workstation because of the iCore 7 quad-core CPU, and NVIDIA Quadro graphics with 2GB video RAM. It ships later this year, and so no other specs are available, nor is the price. And it lt looks better in real life than in pictures. "What about the power supply, is it still a brick?" we ask. The product manager reaches under the table and pulls out a reasonably-sized power supply.
Last week we had installed Lenovo's new 30" workstation monitor, and so we found ourselves very interested in how Dell planned to up the competition. Their new one is named UP-32, is bigger at 32", and has more pixels at 3840x2860 -- popularly referred to as 4K resolution. "It's like four 1080p monitors in one," the product manager boasts.
"What kind of graphics board can work with such a high resolution," we wonder. The answer: Graphics boards with DisplayLink ports. The monitor also has ports for HMDI, DVI, mini-DisplayPort, and a USB hub.
The stand is aluminum. To keep the size of the size of the stand smaller, this monitor does not pivot to portrait orientation. The monitor will not ship until Q4, and the price is unknown, although 30" models go for $1500 today.
And that's all we can tell you, because reporting on the remaining hardware shown to us is embargoed until September.