Welcome the new Ubuntu-based Precision line-up — Mobile Workstations plus a new All-in-One


Today I am excited to announce the next generation of our Ubuntu-based Precision mobile workstation line.  Not only have we rev’d the current line-up but we have also added the Precision 5720 All-in-One.  This follows the introduction back in October of the 6th generation XPS 13 developer edition.

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Dell Precision 5720 All-in-One

Available today

Coming soon

  • Dell™ Precision 7520, mobile workstation — Available March in US
  • Dell™ Precision 7720, mobile workstation — Available March in US
  • Dell™ Precision 5720, all-in-one — Available April 6 in US

All of the systems above, which will be available worldwide, come preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, feature 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors and support Thunderbolt 3 (scroll down for more detailed specs).

How did we get here

Four and a half years ago a scrappy skunk works project by the name of “Project Sputnik” was kicked off at Dell to gauge interest in a developer-focused laptop.  The project received an amazing amount of interest and support from the community and as result, nine months later this project became an official product — the ultra-mobile XPS 13 developer edition.

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Jared hacks in a hammock

While the XPS 13 was a big hit the team soon started getting a steady stream of requests to add a bigger, beefier system.  This caught the attention of team member Jared Dominguez (on twitter) who decided to work on his own time to get Ubuntu running on the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation.  Jared documented his work and then posted the instructions publicly.

Jared’s efforts got so much interest from the community that a little over a year later it debuted as an official product.   A little over a year after that, one Ubuntu-based Precision workstation became four and today we are announcing the next generation of this line-up along with the new Precision 5720 All-in-One.

A double-click on the specs

Dell™ Precision 3520, mobile workstation – Available now!

Affordable, fully customizable 15” mobile workstation

Key features

  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 15.6” HD (1366×768), FHD (1920×1080) and FHD touch
  • Up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage
  • ECC memory, Thunderbolt 3 and NVIDIA graphics
  • Availability: worldwide

 

Dell Precision 5520, mobile workstation  – Available now!

World’s thinnest and lightest 15” mobile workstation

Dell Precision 5520

Dell Precision 5520

Key features

  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 15.6” UltraSharp™ FHD (1920×1080) or UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160)
  • Up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • NVIDIA Quadro graphics
  • Availability: worldwide

 

Dell Precision 7520, mobile workstation – Available March in US

World’s most powerful 15” mobile workstation

Key features

  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 15.6” FHD (1920×1080), UltraSharp™ FHD (1920×1080) both Touch and Non-Touch, UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160)
  • Up to 64GB of memory and 3TB of storage
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • NVIDIA Quadro® and Radeon Pro™ graphics options
  • Availability: worldwide

 

Dell Precision 7720, mobile workstation – Available March in US

World’s most powerful mobile workstation

Key features

  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 17.3” HD+ (1600×900), UltraSharp™ FHD (1920×1080) or UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160)
  • Up to 64GB of memory and 4TB of storage
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • NVIDIA Quadro® and Radeon Pro™ graphics options
  • Availability: worldwide

 

Dell Precision 5720, All-in-One – Available April 6

27” All-in-One workstation class machine

Key features

  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 27” UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160) both touch and non-touch
  • Up to 64GB of memory and Up to (1) M.2 PCIe SSD and up to (2) 2.5” SATA
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Radeon Pro™ graphics
  • Availability: worldwide

 

How do I order a 5520 or 3520 today

In the case of the US, you can get to the Ubuntu-based version of  the Dell™ Precision 5520 Dell™ or Precision 3520, mobile workstation by going to their respective landing pages: Precision 5520, Precision 3520 . Once there click on the green “Customize & Buy” button on the right.  This will take you to the “Select Components” page where under “Operating System” you choose Ubuntu 16.04 and away you go!

With regards to availability for the rest of the line-up, watch this space!

Extra credit reading

  • New Precision 5520 – Buy now
  • New Precision 3520 – Buy now
  • Coming Soon from Dell Precision: including the 5720, 5520 and 7520/7720 – Dell.com
  • Ubuntu-based Developer and Engineering systems line-up – Dell.com

Project milestones

  • The New XPS 13 Developer Edition Lands in Europe, United States and Canada — October 04, 2016
  • Live in Europe: Next gen XPS 13 developer edition — March 31, 2016
  • XPS 13 Developer Edition launches in US, Ubuntu-based Workstations available worldwide — March 3, 2016
  • 4th gen Dell XPS 13 developer edition available! — April 9, 2015
  • Welcome the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation, developer edition — January 27, 2015
  • Sputnik 3 online in Europe just in time for Holidays — December 20, 2013 
  • Introducing Sputnik 3 and its unofficial big brother — November 15, 2013
  • Sputnik 2 is here: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition goes 1080p and lands in Europe — February 18, 2013
  • Sputnik has landed! Introducing the Dell XPS 13 Laptop, Developer Edition — November 11, 2012
  • Project Sputnik to go from Pilot to Product — July 18, 2012
  • Introducing Project Sputnik: Developer laptop — March 7, 2012

Pau for now…

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48 Responses to Welcome the new Ubuntu-based Precision line-up — Mobile Workstations plus a new All-in-One

  1. bbuchalter says:

    There are a few different wireless (wifi) options available:

    Intel WiFi Link 8265 2×2 802.11ac+BT4.0 (vPro)
    Intel WiFi Link 8260 2×2 802.11ac No BT4.0 (vPro)
    Qualcomm QCA61x4A 802.11ac Dual Band (2×2) Wireless Adapter+ Bluetooth 4.1

    Are all of these supported in Ubuntu?

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  4. Gabor K says:

    “15.6” HD (1366×768)”
    Surely, you must be joking…

    • Luke says:

      If it means 2-3h additional battery life, I would choose 1366×768 over FHD immediately. Not everyone needs a higher resolution.

  5. Laurent Simon says:

    Good news, but what about the thunderbolt docking stations (TB15 or TB16) support under Ubuntu with these computers ?

    Is there any progress (or hope) to to use the existing TB15 “brick” on a Precision 7710 after an upgrade to 16.04 LTS ?

  6. wforrestcate says:

    does coming soon mean coming sooner than feb 28?

  7. zirydy says:

    Thank you for your continued effort on developing Ubuntu-based systems.

    Could you perhaps give us a rough timeline as to when the developer edition of the new XPS 13 2-in-1 9365 might become available?

    I’m saving up to buy the new XPS 13 and would love to know if and when I can expect the developer version to be released.

  8. arun says:

    Do you think there’s any chance we’ll see the XPS DE in India some time soon? You’ve got the Precisions already, and I’d love to be able to get my hands on the XPS (without the NVidia graphics, so I don’t need to do binary blob drivers).

  9. It seems like the 5520 is ready to order with Ubuntu 16.04 now. Is this the developer edition, or will there be a “Precision 5520 Develop Edition” just like the XPS 13?

  10. Any chance we’ll see a gaming laptop variant with Ubuntu?

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  12. ic3d says:

    When you write “All the systems will be available worldwide with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS”, you should specify “EXECPT EUROPE”. Actually, you can’t buy a M3520 from Europe with Ubuntu.

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  14. jhansonxi says:

    These look good for business users. Call me when you have an i7-7820HK and a GTX 1060 or better with Ubuntu and dual video output ports..

  15. Laurent Simon says:

    My previous comment (a week ago) about thunderbolt docking stations support is still awaiting moderation…

  16. Vincent says:

    Awesome! Just what I have been waiting for!

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  18. Dylan says:

    I’m looking for a new personal system, and the XPS 15 line looks fantastic. Is there any chance of getting Ubuntu offered on the XPS 15 machines in the same way as the XPS 13 line?

    • At this point we want to make sure we dont spread our resources too thin so we are focusing on the XPS13. What are your thoughts on the 5520?

      • Dylan says:

        I really like the 5520, but it would be perfect with a GeForce instead of Quadro option. It’s basically the same as the XPS 15, body-wise. I don’t really require all that horsepower, and the Xeon processor option feels a bit excessive as well. I think there is better pricing for consumers on the XPS line as it’s not marketed to businesses as a workstation.

      • Dylan says:

        I ended up ordering the 5520 with Ubuntu 16.04, the i7, the Quadro card, 16GB RAM, 512GB Class 40 SSD, 6 cell battery, and a 5 year warranty with accidental coverage. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed. I am already kind of disappointed at how long it says it will take to ship, especially with next business day shipping

      • Nils says:

        The problem I have with the 5520 is the Maxwell based Quadro GPU, I could do without a dedicated GPU since I don’t like to use the NVidia BLOB drivers, but if I’m forced to get a GPU I might as well get something based on a current architecture so I could do some gaming if I want to.

        The XPS 15 is also a lot less expensive so it may be better to just try and get a refund for the bundled Windows license.

      • George says:

        I am on the move from Mac to Linux due to the 2016 MacBookPro specs being too disappointing. The new XPS15 with 1050 nVidia seems to be the optimal fit, with 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, superior display all in a lightweigth package.
        Task is data science development with R and/or Spark. The Quadro M1200 gives about 40% less numeric performance than the Geforce 1050 afaik. What would be the advantage of a 5520 then, besides being the only variant with Ubuntu support?

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  25. Thanks Dylan. I would be interest interested in hearing you thoughts once the system arrrives

    • Dylan says:

      Hey Barton, so a lot’s happened since that last message – I ended up canceling the 5520 order. There was a certain coupon code that saved me a ton of money, so I actually went with the 5510 instead as the coupon did not work with the 5520. I actually got pretty much the best 5510 possible – Xeon, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB M.2, 6 cell battery, FHD (not a fan of glossy 4K on laptops). I didn’t really like the 14.04 installation on the 5510, as it was a bit dated and didn’t upgrade super cleanly to 16.04, so I wiped it and installed Fedora 25. In Fedora 25, which, yes, I know isn’t supported by Dell, the touchpad works excellently. Everything mostly worked out of the box. This is a very premium machine. My keyboard actually came broken – the ‘p’ key was damaged, but Dell made it right by sending a technician and a new keyboard – fixed within 2 days of getting it, so not a great start but not terrible since they made it right. I’m not sure if this was so easy to get resolved because I purchased 5 years of ProSupport Plus with the system, but either way I’m pleased with how it was handled. The keys are comfortable to type on, and the backlighting is good. I love that the charger has an LED on it. It’s been super useful at night. The backlight for the screen is fantastic, and this is a very nice FHD panel. As far as the Nvidia drivers go – I did have to disable secure boot to get those working, but other than that, all the default BIOS settings worked perfectly with Linux and required very little tweaking. I’ve heard there is horrible coil whine with some of these systems, but mine does not seem to exhibit the problem so far, so I’m happy with that. The machine came with an out-of-date BIOS, so I got a chance to try the fwupd tool in Fedora, and honestly, Dell makes the firmware upgrade process in Linux fantastic. I don’t know any other manufacturer that works so hard to ensure that it works seamlessly like that. While the Precision 5510 is a bit pricier than many other laptops with similar specs, it really does feel premium, and I think I’ll continue to use this laptop for several years.

      • Thanks Dylan for the great feedback! Sorry things got off to a bit of a rocky start but glad to hear that we were able to get it sorted out. I forwarded your remarks to the Precision product team. Thanks again!

  26. Douglas Farmer says:

    Hi, I have a precision 5510 running Ubuntu 16.04. I LOVE the machine but have two very nagging issues. One, the mouse at times is a bit jumpy. Two, the wireless tends to not want to connect after closing the lid between walking to meetings and I have to reboot to get connection again. Are there any updated drivers that I can/should install? Can you point me to any resources which might help? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t seem to find an answer.

  27. doug4641 says:

    Hi, I have a precision 5510 running Ubuntu 16.04. I LOVE the machine but have two very nagging issues. One, the mouse at times is a bit jumpy. Two, the wireless tends to not want to connect after closing the lid between walking to meetings and I have to reboot to get connection again. Are there any updated drivers that I can/should install? Can you point me to any resources which might help? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t seem to find an answer.

  28. Mikko Kumara says:

    I’m confused as a potential customer. This blog post clearly states that these laptops come with Ubuntu, however when I click the links there’s Ubuntu nowhere to be seen. It just says it comes with Windows 10 and it’s even offering me an office trial. Ubuntu is nowhere in the “customize and buy” section either. What’s the deal with this?

  29. David Stievenard says:

    Dear Barton,

    congratulations for you efforts with the linux community. I have to admit that dell laptops have catched my attention recently !

    Just wanted to send you a small feedback…

    Here’s my needs ( for sysadmin )

    cpu and ram : it’s good thing you propose machine with faster cpu and more ram that are definitively needed for VMs

    screen : 1080p, no touch. the 15″ with slim bezel of the xps15 is for me the best compromise between portability and “do a lot’s of things on the screen”. Below 24-27″ I don’t see the purpose of using 4k, especially when it’s 3 hours less on the battery life.

    storage : if you install a spinning drive in the xps15 the battery size is smaller, the possibility to install two m.2 sdd and keep a big battery would be great

    ports : I just got my hands on a latitude 14″ 72xx that has one full ethernet jack at the back and hdmi / minidp / usb3…and the laptop is still quite slim !

    configurations : unfortunately as soon as you want more cpu/memory you must get 4k screen or bigger harddrive…and that’s a deal breaker for me. To be honest it really feels like selling method of the 90′ when one tries to sell you a complete vacuum cleaner system for your house when you just need a sponge….

    in conclusion, if I could write a wish list for “my perfect laptop”…

    * configuration options that are not linked together at all : so you let customers be free to buy they need.
    i.e. i7 4 cores / 16g / 1ssd 128g / 1ssd 512g / 15” 1080p / no nvidia

    * a new motherboard with the form factor of the xps15 : with a full ethernet jack (at the back ?), two m.2 ssd slots would be a game changer

    * as the hardware compatiblity between linux and freeBSD is quite similar sometimes, why not contact the peoples at trueOS (ex pc-bsd), they build a version of freeBSD for laptop/desktops, I’m sure they would be glad to test it on dell products and it would be a step into Lenovo’s territory…

    best regards
    DS

  30. Ameya says:

    Would have loved to get Precision 5520.
    But it seems Dell India doesn’t even care for small purchases.
    I have been trying to get in touch with them for almost 2 weeks 😦

    It seems they are mostly focusing on corporate’s buying these laptops.

  31. Mike says:

    With the Ubuntu OS (16.04), when I pick the NVidia card, I get a caveat about processor compatibility. I get a caveat with a second drive (SSD) as well. I get the impression these are “at your own risk” features.

  32. Ameya Vikram Singh says:

    When we can expect the Dell Precision 5520 to be available in India.
    Eagerly waiting for it.
    -Ameya

    • Sorry its taken me awhile to approve/respond, unfortunately these were going to my spam folder by mistake. the 5520 should be available in India. If its still not there ping me and ill fwd to the product team. Thanks!

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