AUSTIN: DELL IS TAKING ON Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 by giving its Venue 11 Pro Windows tablet a significant speed boost.
Announced at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas today, the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet will "accelerate productivity for mobile workers and provide secure access to content beyond the corporate firewall for easy IT management", the firm said.
Updates to the device include a 15 percent thinner and fanless design, an extended battery life that claims to "get through the work day", a travel keyboard for a full laptop experience and a 10.8in 1920x1080 full HD IPS display.
The tablet has been made thin and more powerful thanks to the inclusion of Intel's latest Core M processor running at 2GHz.
There'll also be a range of accessories available at launch for productivity, including a docking station for a traditional monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The Venue 11 Pro can be configured with additional security features including two-factor authentication with integrated smartcard and fingerprint readers, as well as the Dell Data Protection suite of client security software.
"When configured with these options, the Venue 11 Pro is the most secure and manageable Windows tablet in the industry, earning a place on the US Department of Defense Unified Capabilities Approved Products List," said the firm.
It can also be configured with the 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Pro, and 64GB of internal storage which can be upgraded via the built-in card reader that will let you use an SD card up to 64GB.
In terms of connectivity, there's a USB 3.0 port on the side and a micro HDMI port. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series will be available in the US from 11 November, and the basic model with stylus and keyboard will cost $799 (about £500). There's no word yet on official UK availability and prices.
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