PC MAKER Dell has unveiled its latest generation of business tablets, ultrabooks and laptops, doing away with Microsoft's stripped-down Windows RT devices and instead focusing on Windows 8.1 Pro.
The firm launched an updated line of tablets on Wednesday under the Venue brand name, introducing the Venue Pro 8 and Venue Pro 11.
The 8in Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet features an HD in-plane switching (IPS) touchscreen coupled with the latest Intel Atom quad-core processor, high-speed packet access (HSPA+) connectivity, WiFi and Miracast wireless display (WiDi) software.
Meanwhile, the 10.8in Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet has a full HD 1080p display, a solid-state disk with up to 256GB capacity and a replaceable battery. It is also compatible with with a multitude of accessories including a stylus, two full-sized keyboards - one with a battery and one without - and a desktop dock.
The dock allows users to connect up to two external monitors in addition to the tablet's screen, creating the potential for a triple display configuration.
Dell said that the Venue Pro 11 tablet can be configured with a range of Intel processor options, including Pentium chips, fourth generation Haswell Core i3 and Core i5 processors and the latest Bay Trail Atom parts. Intel vPro technology is included to boost the device's security management credentials.
The Dell Venue Pro 11 tablet's battery can last up to 10 hours under normal use, Dell claims, and can be boosted by 80 percent with the addition of the battery equipped keyboard.
Dell also showed off updates to its XPS hybrid family, including the XPS 11 featuring a 360-degree rotating screen that converts the device from an ultrabook to a tablet. It boasts an 11.6in QHD 2560x1440 resolution display with 160-degree viewing angles and has multiple USB 3.0 ports. The company has also refreshed the XPS 13 and 15 models.
Dell director of end user computing Margaret Franco said that the latest product updates are intended to both tackle the problems and take advantage of the opportunities presented by remote working, BYOD and large-scale device rollouts.
"Today, business people want to access the same internet applications they do in their personal life in their work life," she said. "That of course presents a lot of challenges for IT managers to be able to provide support. The opportunity for business to enable their end users to have access to their applications and devices is huge."
At the time of writing Dell had not revealed release dates or pricing for these products, but they are expected to be available for order in October and shipping in November.
Dell recently took itself off the stock market, becoming a private company once again in order to refocus its efforts. Founder and CEO Michael Dell asked investors last week to reserve judgement on the decision for 20 years. µ
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