Dell has formally announced two new Venue Pro tablets as it revived a line that only managed to generate one progeny, the Dell Venue Pro, an Android smartphone, nearly three years ago. This time around though, out goes ARM and Google’s mobile operating system and in comes the more traditional Wintel platform.
Both will come with Windows 8.1 and despite their pro suffix will be available both to customers and to businesses.
The smaller Dell Venue 8 Pro will be pegged against the likes of the Toshiba Encore that was showcased at IFA last month and will go on sale for less than £250. It shares the same form factor and thickness (under 10mm) with the latter. Dell’s device runs on an 8-inch IPS display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, a quad-core Bay Trail Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a rear 5-megapixel camera as well as a number of interesting options and accessories. These include HSPA+ connectivity, firmware TPM for system administrators, Bluetooth keyboard and an active pen. Not surprisingly, Dell also bundles a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student with the tablet also we’re told that the onus will be on businesses to make sure that they adhere to Microsoft’s stringent software license agreements.
The bigger Venue 11 Pro on the other hand lacks the bundled Office application and is deliberately more business-oriented. It packs a full HD 10.8in IPS display, an Intel Pentium or Core i3 or i5 processor, a rear 8-megapixel camera, up to 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, a removable battery, WiDi, NFC and an even bigger list of accessories than its smaller companion. There’s a docking station that can output both to a Displayport and a HDMI connector, running three monitors simultaneously, and plugs into the tablet though a proprietary connector, a keyboard with an integrated keyboard that converts it into an ultra-portable laptop will all-day battery life, a full-size keyboard and a touchpad.
The price of the Venue 8 Pro has yet to be confirmed and while that of the Venue 11 Pro will debut at £349 excluding VAT and delivery. The former will debut on 19 November while the latter will go on sale from 7 November.
The Austin-based tech company also unveiled a trio of new laptops including the XPS 11, the XPS 13 and XPS 15.