Saturday, 5 October 2013

Meet Dell's next-gen Windows 8.1 Venue tablets!

 

 

Meet Dell's next-gen Windows 8.1 Venue tablets!

Watch out Apple: the next generation of Windows 8 tablets mean business. Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s own Surface 2 reveal, American computer giant Dell is storming ahead with a duo of new tablets that pack in some impressive specs. Meet the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Dell Venue 11 Pro, two new tablets that aim to keep you productive on the go!

Dell’s new Venue tablets bring full-fat Windows 8.1 to you in a small, thin package, and they both give Microsoft’s latest tablets and Apple’s iPad a run for their money in the specs and looks department. Both tablets are very slim despite the beefy internal guts, and Dell is also providing a range of accessories to help you with your productivity when you’re on the move.

First up is the smaller of the two tablets, the Dell Venue 8 Pro, and like its name suggests, it’s an 8-inch tablet that comes with a HD IPS display and an Intel Atom quad-core processor under the hood. Dell has also armed it with a range of connectivity options, including mobile internet, Wi-Fi and micro USB. It measures up at just 8.9mm, and has a battery life rated for up to 10 hours. We got a quick play with it, and found it to be a very sturdy slate, completely free of any flex. Dell is also bundling Office 2013 Home & Student with the device and there’s also an optional Dell Active Stylus available.

The larger of the duo, the Dell Venue 11 Pro, features a 10.9-inch full HD IPS display, and is powered by Intel’s latest processors. You can configure your Venue 11 with either an Intel Atom quad-core Bay Trail processor, up to a fourth Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors or even an Intel vPro processor. The Venue 11 Pro also comes with full size USB ports, making it easy for you to plug in USB sticks and keyboards, while there’s also a user replaceable battery on the back which you can access by peeling back the rear cover. You’ll also be able to arm the 11 Pro with up to 8GB of RAM and a massive 256GB of storage, plus there’s also Wi-Di (wireless display) tech embedded and NFC too.

To go along with the tablets, Dell is also unleashing a range of accessories, including cases, an active stylus, a dock (which comes with a second video output to let you hook up an additional two monitors!) and two new keyboards that look like they can go toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s new Surface Touch Cover. First up is the simply named Dell Mobile Keyboard which comes with an additional battery to provide you with up to 18 hours of wireless freedom, and it also has a trackpad beneath its full sized chiclet keys. When folded up, it’s almost like you’ve got yourself an Ultrabook. The Dell Slim Keyboard is much more similar to Microsoft’s offerings, and gives you added protection and a stylus holder as well as a full sized keyboard with keys that have 0.2mm of travel, meaning you’ll feel some feedback as you type.

If you’re interested in picking up either of Dell’s new tablets, the Venue 8 Pro can be yours from 19 November, although the price is yet to be announced, while the beefier Venue 11 Pro will be available from 7 November for £349 – both from Dell’s website.

Do you fancy either of Dell’s new tablets, are you gunning for Microsoft’s Surface or are you happy with your iPad? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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