Today we’re introducing the Vostro V131 laptop in several countries around the world. It is the latest ultraportable notebook designed for performance and to meet specific needs for small business customers. It brings together new features and greater performance in a slim design starting at just over 3.6 pounds. The Vostro V131 is available today in the United States, Canada and many countries in Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific and Japan. The starting price of $499 for customers in the United States.
The Vostro V131 builds on the many strengths of the Vostro V130 by adding a couple of important differences. Reviews of the V130 on Dell.com were consistent with third party reviews from sites like PC Magazine and Laptop Magazine… it’s a sturdy machine that’s sleek and well-designed, but battery life was a concern. With the Vostro V131, we’re addressing that and more.
Two ways we’re improving things on the battery front for the V131: 1) both battery options are user-replaceable. 2) Overall battery life is much improved compared to the V130. thanks in no small part to Intel's second-generation Core technology, which you may know as Sandy Bridge.
I asked our lab folks what kind of performance they saw and they told me, the 4-cell battery achieved up to 6.5 hours of battery life with the ULV Celeron processor (which is also based on the second-generation architecture). The 6-cell battery achieved almost 10 hours with the Core i5 processor and an SSD drive. There are two options on the battery front (both are user-replaceable): a 44Whr 4-cell battery or an extended 65WHr 6-cell battery. The 6-cell battery extends from the bottom of the laptop, which provides a pretty comfortable typing angle when you’re cranking away. See image below:
The Vostro V131 is based on Intel’s HM67 chipset and brings support for second-generation Intel i3 and i5 Core processors. We support three different processor options in the Vostro V131: 1) the ultra-low voltage Celeron 847 processor 2) the Core i3-2310M processor and 3) on the high end, we support the Core i5-2410M (which is the same processor option we offer on the XPS 15z laptop). Put simply, if you do any kind of processor-intensive things like video editing or editing high resolution photos, the extra horsepower that both the standard voltage Core i3 and i5 provide will be noticeable.
Business users can use the HD webcam and dual array microphones from the road to connect with colleagues or clients via video chats using tools like Skype or a Google+ Hangout. Like the Vostro V3550 and many of our Latitude family of business laptops, the V131 supports SRS Premium Voice Pro audio software for clear audio during video and conference calls. The SRS technology also helps reduce ambient background noise as well. Bottom line, the HD camera and audio hardware + software are optimized to provide stellar performance for videoconferencing or audio-only voice over IP calls.
What else makes the v131 a business laptop? For extra security, the V131 features a fingerprint reader. All hard drives feature a free fall sensor to help protect your data. Further protect your business and personal data with Dell DataSafe Online storage and our Backup and Recovery Manager software. Dell’s optional ProSupport service opens the door for another level of support for business customers. And for those who don’t want to worry about hardware accidents, we offer CompleteCare accidental damage service.
Here's a video that provides an overview of the Vostro V130:
Here’s a list of notable hardware features the Vostro V131 provides:
Update from Lionel: My apologies for the misinformation about SSD drive options for V131 customers in the United States. US customers can choose from different 7200rpm mechanical hard drive capacities, but not SSD drives. We do offer SSD drive options in select countries outside the United States.
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Is the SSD option available? - I can't seem to find it.
WJOIII: Don't know is the short answer. Will look into it and let you know.
See my strikethrough and update in the post above. Unfortunately, we're not offering SSD drive options in the United States.
Other than the 6 cell battery sticking out, have you changed overall dimensions and thickness?
Also, are the broadband options provided by mini PCIe cards or something else?
a. Can you tell me if a 2.5inch standard laptop SSD will work in this laptop?
b. Can you point me towards a hardware maintenance manual? (similiar to usual posts that show removal of hard drive?
@levk: Because it extends via the bottom of the laptop, the 6-cell battery does increase the height of the laptop. I'll try to find measurements of just how much.
Re: the mobile broadband options... I haven't seen for myself... will check on that too.
@s1xth: Just checked... we don't have the Services manual posted yet.Right now, we have the Setup and Features Information Tech Sheet here at this link.
We will post other manuals there at that same link, or you can click on the image below to get there.
That's a shame about the SSD - why does the US get left out?
I have to agree, the SSD drive option being left out for the US would stop me from upgrading to this system.
SSD is an option on the UK Dell website.
WJOIII and DaleHyde: I agree with you that it's unfortunate. Our product teams decided not to offer an SSD option for customers in the United States. I've shared your concerns with the product team.
1) Any word on when this machine will be available on the likes of Amazon or Tigerdirect?
2) Is the socket used for the 2nd gen i3 or i5 a permanent soldered in setting, or is it a replaceable one?
The (US) description for the v131 mentions a 4-cell battery option but I do not see a way to configure a 4-cell or even a way to order one separately. The v131 looks like a great system but has relatively few configurable options. What I would like is the Core i5 processor, Win7 Home, 320GB HDD, and a 4-cell battery to keep the weight down. That's sort of a cross between the $499 Celeron and $799 Core i5 configurations.
I would love to order a V131 as a thin/light/long battery backup to my 14" Latitude E6420, for when I don't need all the heft and horsepower of the latter. Unfortunately, you don't mention a TPM chip on this laptop (next to essential for Bitlocker), nor do you seem to offer Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate edition (the "pro" edition you offer, which retails for only $20 less than Ultimate, does not include Bitlocker).
I keep sensitive client data (and personal data) on my laptop(s), and it is simply unacceptable to travel with them frequently and not have hard drives encrypted (transparently to me) by the system. I realize that Truecyrpt provides a software solution, but I've already opted for Bitlocker on my Latitude, and do not want the trouble, headache, and hassle of a separate solution for the Vostro v131. Just because the Vostro line is for "small" business, does not mean that many solo professionals (like me) would not benefit from the extra security of a Bitlocker-enabled thin & light & long-battery system like this. Adding a TPM chip to your system would be trivial expense-wise and hardware-wise, and offering Windows Ultimate (at whatever marginal extra expense to the customer) would cost you nothing at all. The only reason I can see for not doing so would be to force your customers to buy (much heavier and thicker and less battery life) systems. Bad choice, that will only cause your customers to look elsewhere for more travel-friendly laptops.
My shoulder hurts. Please spruce up the V131's hard drive security offering! Thanks.
@DrewMcG: Thanks for taking the time to comment. Bottom line, will get your comment to the team behind the Vostro V131. Will let you know.