Dell has unveiled its latest generation of business tablets, ultrabooks and laptops, doing away entirely with Microsoft's stripped-down Windows RT platform and instead focusing on Windows 8.1 Pro Edition.
The firm today launched an updated line of tablets under the Venue brand name, introducing the Venue Pro 8 and Venue Pro 11.
The 8in Pro 8 model features an HD in-plane switching (IPS) touchscreen coupled with the latest Intel Atom quad-core processor. Evolved high-speed packet access (HSPA+) connectivity, WiFi and Miracast wireless display software are also included.
Meanwhile, the 10.8in Venue 11 Pro has a full HD 1080p display, up to 256GB of solid-state storage and a replaceable battery. It is also compatible with with a multitude of accessories including a stylus, two full-sized keyboards – one including a battery and one without – and a desktop dock.
The dock allows users to connect two external monitors in addition to the tablet's screen, creating the potential for a triple display solution.
Dell said that the Venue Pro 11 can be configured with a range of processor options, from Intel Pentium chips, 4th generation Haswell Core i3 and i5 chips, and the latest Bay Trail Atom hardware. Intel vPro technology is included to boost the device's security management credentials.
The Venue Pro 11'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 accessory.
Dell also showed off updates to its XPS family, including the XPS 11, featuring a 360-degree rotating screen, which converts the device from an ultrabook to a tablet. It boasts an 11.6in QHD (2560x1440) display with 160-degree viewing angles and has multiple USB 3.0 ports. The company has also refreshed the XPS 13 and 15 models.
Margaret Franco, Dell's director of end user computing, said the latest product updates were 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 detailed release dates or pricing for any of the products, but they are expected to be available for order during 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 on tackling a declining PC industry. Founder and chief executive Michael Dell asked investors last week to hold off their judgements on the decision for 20 years.
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