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 Dell Officially Unveils Its Venue tablets, Updates Its XPS Ultrabook Line
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Message Text: Dell announced the Intel Bay Trail-powered 8-inch Venue Pro tablet at the Intel Developer Forum last month and on Wednesday, the company introduced new 11-inch versions of the Venue Pro, along with three new XPS Ultrabooks.

The Venue 8 Pro will feature an 8-inch IPS display with ten touch points and a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. It is powered by Intel's quad-core Atom Z3740D processor (Bay Trail) and 2GB of DDR3/1600 memory. The tablet has also 32GB of flash storage, which can be expanded up to 96GB via a MicroSD card reader.

The Venue 8 Pro has a 5-megapixel camera in the back, and a 1.2-megapixel camera in front. The 0.35-inch-thick, 0.87-pound tablet is powered by an 18Whr (4830mAh) battery. Connectivity options include a Micro-USB 2.0 port, a dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz) Qualcomm Wi-Fi adapter, Bluetooth 4.0 and mobile broadband support, in the form of either HSPA+ or LTE. Dell expects the Venue 8 Pro to be available on October 18 with prices starting from $300.

The Venue 11 Pro a 10.8 inches touchscreen at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. It can drive an external monitor via a mini-HDMI port or with Intel?s wireless display technology.

Dell will offer an optional docking station that can drive an external DisplayPort 1.2 monitor at resolutions up to 2560 by 1600 pixels, or an outboard HDMI 1.4 display at resolutions up to 1920 by 1080 pixels.

The Venue 11 Pro will be available in several configurations when it ships in November, with the base model powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3770 (Bay Trail family), 2GB of DDR3/1333 memory, and 32GB of solid-state storage. Dell will also offer models with Intel?s dual-core Pentium 3560Y processor and dual-core CPUs (the Haswell Core i3 4020Y, Core i5-4210Y, and Core i5-4300Y). The higher-end models will be equipped with either 4GB or 8GB of DDR3/1600 memory, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB SSDs.

Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, a USB 3.0 port as well as a MicroSD card reader.

An optional docking station can transform the 11-inch Venue Pro into a mini workstation, equipped with USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs and ethernet.

The Venue 11 Pro models will also ship Bluetooth 4.0 and Near Field Communication (NFC), along with mobile broadband options.

Dell expects the base model to be available in November and has priced it at $500.

Dell also today announced three XPS Ultrabooks built from a mixture of carbon fiber, machined aluminum, and Gorilla Glass. They are all powered by fourth-generation Intel Core processor and feature SSD storage and an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter.

The XPS 11 is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 11.6-inch screen (2560 x 1440 pixel). It is powered by fourth-generation Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors and has integrated graphics.

Memory onboard will be 4GB DDR3/1600, and storage options include 80GB, 120GB, or 256GB SSDs. Dell expects the XPS 11 to retail for about $1000 when it ships in November.

Dell is also updating its existing XPS 13 with fourth-generation Intel Core processors and is adding a 13.3-inch touchscreen option. The models will deliver a full HD resolution, 4GB to 8GB of DDR3/1600 memory, 128GB or 256GB SSDs, two USB 3.0 ports, and a mini DisplayPort. The updated XPS 13 will be available in November, with prices starting at $1000.

Last but not least, Dell?s updated XPS 15 can be ordered with discrete graphics and a 3200-by-1800-pixel display. It will be available on October 18, featuring fourth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, 8GB to 16GB of DDR3/1600 memory, and a discrete GPU option (Nvidia GeForce GT 750M, 2GB). It will be available with 15.6-inch displays with either a 1920-by-1080-pixel or 3200-by-1800-pixel resolution (235 ppi).

The XPS 15 will be available with either a hard drive backed by an SSD cache or a 512GB SSD. Prices will start at $1500.

 
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