From 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, to new 7 and 8-inch Android tablets, Dell is addressing the BYOD trend.
I attended the #DellVenue press preview last week to see the new devices Dell is soon bringing to the market. The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 are affordable Android (yes, Android) tablets for people who want to stay connected wherever they are. Dell took a bold step in unveiling Android products again. According to Dell, they were designed to address the changing way people live and work today. To me, this has BYOD written all over it. Sam Burd, Vice President in Dell’s Personal Computing Group said “People today expect the best experience possible from their technology – they are counting on it to keep them connected and move with them, wherever they are. The new Dell Venue tablets and XPS laptops give customers the stellar experience they expect from us, with performance that allows them to work how they want, when they want, in a design they’ll be proud to show off and own.” Both tablets have an upscale fit and finish. According to Dell, they were designed with longevity in mind with the right components, so that customers will be delighted with their tablet a year from now, same as day one.
All the Venue tablets that were shown to the press are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency. The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 feature Intel Atom Z2760 (“Clover Trail”) processors. The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro are Windows tablets running on the new Intel Atom quad-core processors, code named “Bay Trail.” (The Venue 11 Pro offers up to 4th Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options and Intel vPro for manageability.)
The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1-based tablets combine the level of performance, design and responsiveness end-users love while giving IT departments what they need – the ability to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration. Both tablets feature optional advanced security features and services such as TPM and Dell Enterprise Services.
Of the two, the Venue 8 Pro is the lighterweight model, running Windows 8.1. It has a bright HD IPS display, advanced connectivity options and provides long battery life so range anxiety is no longer an issue. People can also stay productive with Office 2013 Home & Student (included) and the optional Dell Active Stylus.
The Dell Venue 11 Pro, also running Windows 8.1, provides ultimate 2-in-1 flexibility with the power of an Ultrabook and the convenience of a detachable keyboard for a desktop UX. Unlike competitor tablets, it has a user removable/replaceable battery, and its large, Full HD display with wide viewing angles makes it easy to read and create content while staying mobile. It is also available with a variety of keyboard and stylus options shown below:
- Dell Active Stylus makes it easy to annotate, draw or take notes.
- Dell Slim Keyboard, designed for travel, also serves as a cover for the screen when folded up.
- Dell Mobile Keyboard with integrated battery provides all-day productivity with a full-sized keyboard while extending the battery life.
- Dell Tablet Desktop Dock delivers full productivity on a desk with USB 3.0 ports, and dual display out ports for display extension.
In addition to the new tablets, Dell is introducing new XPS laptops meant to impress. The new laptops include the introduction of a 2-in-1 Ultrabook which I’ll talk about in a minute. All were designed to showcase elegant design and uncompromised performance for work and play in keeping with the XPS trait of premium craftsmanship. These devices are made with machined aluminum, carbon fiber, and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for performance and durability. Let’s start with the largest and we’ll work our way down to the smallest.
The Dell XPS 15 was designed for creative enthusiasts
The XPS 15 is a multimedia powerhouse laptop. It offers the world’s first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display for a breathtaking UX, especially for creative types. The XPS 15 has a noticeably thin wedge design, and can be purchased with touchscreen option. The Quad HD+ display is the first in its class in the world. We’re talking over 5.7 million pixels here! This is the highest resolution available in this size category. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB[ii], both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start Technology[iii]. The XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Of all the devices covered in this article, this one has the highest price tag.
The award-winning XPS 13 is now even faster with 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and has longer battery life. With a 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge Full HD (1920 x 1080) display that innovatively fits into a footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop, this model is razor thin and light, starting at under 3lbsi. Touchscreen option is available for this model as well.
And finally, starting at 2.5lbs[i] and just 11-15mm thin, the XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today. It’s meant to be a tablet first, but it transitions from tablet to laptop with a 360 degree rotating hinge design, and an innovative solid surface backlit touch keyboard. The Quad HD (2560 x 1440) high-res display also features True Color viewing powered by eeColor, which enables customers to enjoy true, rich consistent color in nearly any lighting environment.
“Dell appears to have its innovative mojo back,” said Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies. “These new products clearly emphasize Dell’s commitment to create innovative mobile solutions for businesses and consumers and I believe represent some of the best products they have made in many years.”
Availability and Pricing
The Dell Venue 7, Venue 8, Venue 8 Pro, and new XPS 15 will be available from October 18 on www.dell.com in the United States and select countries around the world. The Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11 and the updated XPS 13 with touch will be available in November. Starting prices are as follows:
· Venue 7: $149.99
· Venue 8: $179.99
· Venue 8 Pro: $299.99
· Venue 11 Pro: $499.99
· New XPS 15: $1,499.99
· XPS 11: $999.99
· New XPS 13: $999.99
[i] Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.
[ii] Hard drives: GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.
[iii] Intel Rapid Start Technology: Requires a Solid-State Drive (SSD) or properly configured HDD + SSD.