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Both Android and Windows 8.1 tablets are available

Dell announced a new line of tablets and laptop computers aimed at families and business users alike today including a convertible Ultrabook. The new machines include the Dell Venue tablet line, the XPS 11 two-in-one, and the XPS 15 laptop.

The Venue line of tablets has four ultrathin models including the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro. The Venue 8 runs Windows 8.1 and uses HD resolution IPS display. The Venue 11 Pro also runs Windows 8.1 and features a detachable keyboard turning the tablet into an ultrabook. The machine also has a full HD resolution display and an active stylus allowing users to draw or take notes directly on the screen.

Venue 11 Pro

Dell also unveiled the Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android tablets. Both tablets use the Intel Atom Z2760 processor with the main difference being screen size. The Pro versions of the tablets run quad-core Bay Trail processors while the 11 Pro can be fitted with fourth-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processors.

The XPS 11 weighs in at 2.5 pounds and is 11-15 mm thick making it the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 ultrabook in the world according to Dell. The machine was designed with a tablet first process with laptop functionality. It transitions from a laptop to a tablet using a 360° rotating hinge. The XPS 11 also has a backlit touch keyboard and a display with 2560 x 1440 resolution measuring 11.6-inches.

XPS 11

The XPS 15 weighs 4.44 pounds and features a 15.6-inch screen with Quad HD+ resolution. It can be fitted with up to 1 TB of storage space or a 512 GB SSD. Processor options include fourth generation Core i5 and i7 parts. The Dell XPS 13 features a 13.3-inch screen and is also fitted with various for generation Intel Core processors. Despite having a larger 13.3-inch display, Dell says that this is the footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop.

The Venue 7, 8, 8 Pro, and XPS 15 will be available on October 18 in the US and other locations around the world. Pricing for those devices is $149.99, $179.99, $299.99, and $1499.99 respectively. The Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11, and XPS 13 with touch will all be available in November for $499.99, $999.99, and $999.99 respectively.

As reported last month, tablets based on Windows RT were nowhere to be found.

Source: Dell

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I really like the XPS 15...
By SAN-Man on 10/3/2013 10:44:31 AM , Rating: 3
But it needs a dock connector on the bottom.

Such a slick laptop is asking to be used as a desktop replacement and mobile workstation. It needs a dock connector so it can run external displays and devices easily.

Who wants to connect a bunch of cables every day when they get to work and have cables all over their desk?

Not me!

RE: I really like the XPS 15...
By Shig on 10/3/2013 3:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
I want to see how good that screen looks in real life!

RE: I really like the XPS 15...
By d1nn0 on 10/4/2013 11:08:39 AM , Rating: 2
We have dozens of XPS 13 users and we chose Targus ACP71USZ :
I have deployed 11 of these so far and everybody loves them.
Of course they are not suitable for gaming but everything else works fine on them.
Even the oldest XPS 13 (from spring 2012) perform well with them.
The docking station has a "built-in" power supply and comes with 9 different connectors - can be used for other brands like Asus HP, ...
You only plug the power connector and the USB3 cable into the laptop.
And the docking station provides 2 extra display ports (DVI and HDMI/DVI/VGA) with resolution of up to 1900x1200.
You can get to 3 simultaneous displays - the laptop itself and 2 via the docking station.
It also provides a Gigabit Ethernet port, 4 USB2 and 2 USB3 ports, and a separate Mic and headphones jacks.
It works fine both under Windows 7 and under Windows 8 - tested with DELL XPS 13 and Asus ZenBook UX31E.
In fact I am ordering a few more of these docking stations today.

RE: I really like the XPS 15...
By bah12 on 10/4/2013 11:58:06 AM , Rating: 2
Nice tip. Question, do you have to have the laptop lid open to power it on?

RE: I really like the XPS 15...
By d1nn0 on 10/4/2013 2:30:59 PM , Rating: 2
I set the Lid Closure action to "Do nothing" in Control Panel -> Power Options.
I explained to the users why and none of them was against that.
XPS13 has a pretty good battery life and you don't have to put it to sleep it each time by closing the lid.
Worst case - if after a reboot the docked laptop doesn't output signal to the monitors - just open the lid and it will.
Once you login it doesn't matter if the lid is open or closed.
I even "disconnect" the laptop display in "Screen Resolution" - this way they only work on the 2 big monitors instead of swiveling all the time :)

RE: I really like the XPS 15...
By bah12 on 10/7/2013 11:39:03 AM , Rating: 2
But are you able to control this behavior so that when it is being used away from the desk it automatically goes back to sleep when closed? Interesting solution, but definately a ways away from an actual dock.

RE: I really like the XPS 15...
By bah12 on 10/4/2013 11:59:11 AM , Rating: 2
That would cannibalize their higher margin latitude line. The new 7000 series is what you are looking for if you want an ultrabook with an actual dock, but they really bend you over on the pricing.

Dell gets it!
By drumsticks on 10/3/2013 11:54:34 AM , Rating: 2
A reasonably premium tablet premiering at $499.99 running bay trail and full windows 8.1. This is already much better than the Surface 2. The Venue 8 pro is also great! Resolution not the best at all, but an 8" tablet with stylus support and quad core bay trail for $299? Yes please!

RE: Dell gets it!
By Visual on 10/4/2013 5:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
The stylus was not mentioned for the 8 Pro, just the 11. But we will see... I don't care much for the Atom version either way.

I really hope the 11 Pro is not gimped too much in the GPU department... I guess I'd want at least HD4600, though I'll take GT3 if thermals allow it.

I am a bit confused by the benchmarks I see so far, notebookcheck for example shows a bigger performance gap between HD4400 and HD4600 (both GT2, 100MHz clock difference) than between HD4600 and HD5100 (GT2 vs GT3), and shows HD5000 as even slower than HD4600...

I'd not mind paying $1200 or up for the right tablet.

RE: Dell gets it!
By dstroope on 10/4/2013 11:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
Includes a stylus for the Pro 8... add in LTE, and this little guy is in my near future.

RE: Dell gets it!
By bah12 on 10/4/2013 12:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
Tether to your phone, most likely someone seriously using a tablet would also have a phone, and no need to pay for 2 data plans.

I am not much of a Dell fan in general...
By klstay on 10/3/2013 12:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
...but they hit this one out of the park!

As an aside I was really glad to see Michael succeed in taking the company private again. The likes of HP and IBM will continue to be rudderless while Dell has a real chance of righting the ship.

RE: I am not much of a Dell fan in general...
By amanojaku on 10/3/2013 3:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
In what way is IBM rudderless? Aside from the CPUs in video game consoles, I can't think of a single consumer product that IBM produces, so you'll need to qualify your claim. It's market is research (patents) and big business, and it's doing quite well there. It's consulting services are a joke, but that's par for the course in the consulting industry. You can't knock AIX and POWER, and its storage products are rock solid.

"The World's Most Respected Companies"


"IBM and the Environment"

By SAN-Man on 10/4/2013 9:51:32 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. Most people don't understand IBM if they aren't from a big business or working for a hardware/software OEM which interacts with them. IBM doesn't interface with consumers much anymore, (hint - that's on purpose, the consumer industry is terrible) so the perception is they are waining.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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