Dell unveils new tablets for work and play, updates XPS laptop range

3 Oct 2013

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell’s latest tablet devices have been built to target the market where consumer meets business user, aiming to please both with tablets that can both work hard and play hard, while its XPS range has been refreshed with high-definition displays and slimmed-down design.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro tablets will come running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8.1 operating system. Both devices will feature a high-definition IPS display and be equipped with long-lasting battery packs.

Windows compatibility means easier integration into existing systems at work and both tablets also come with optional advanced security features and services to keep the IT department happy.

To ensure work-level productivity, Office 2013 Home and Student comes pre-installed, and there’s also a stylus option to provide an input alternative. Other accessories include the Dell Slim Keyboard, which also acts as a cover for the screen when folded; the full-sized Dell Mobile Keyboard with an integrated battery for longer hours of power; and the Dell Tablet Desktop Dock for a desktop experience with USB 3.0 ports and dual display outports.

Both devices feature Intel Atom quad-core Bay Trail processors, with the 11 Pro offering up to fourth-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 options.

The 11 Pro will be available from 7 November with the 8 Pro following on 19 November.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell’s Venue 11 Pro

XPS upgraded

Alongside this announcement, Dell also revealed a thinner range of XPS laptops with enhanced screen resolution. The new XPS 11 claims to be the thinnest, lightest and most compact two-in-one in the world and features an 11.6-inch quad-HD (2,560 x 1,440) display.

The new XPS 15 features a quad-HD+ (3,200 x 1,800) display at 15.6 inches, while the XPS 13 has also undergone a refresh with faster processors, a full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen display and improved battery performance.

Pricing and availability for these laptops will be announced in the coming weeks.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.