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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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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.

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