Dell has revealed two new tablets in its business-focused Venue range: the Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series and the Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series, due for release sometime in mid-November.
The devices, based on previous Venue 8 Pro and Venue 10 Pro models, will run Windows 10 and are designed for use across a range of professional fields.
Both the Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series and Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series are powered by quad-core Intel Atom x5 processors and support 2x2 WiFi, LTE and optional NFC connectivity, as well as Dell's Active Pen stylus. The smaller, 8in Venue 8 Pro 5000 will be available with screen resolutions of either 1280x800 or 1920x1200, and will be updated with a new model in 2016 that includes a USB-C port.
The Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series, by contrast, will include a USB-C port at launch, along with ports for USB Type-A, microHDMI and microSD. It will also feature a 10.1in display running at 1920x1200 resolution and support for an optional clip-on keyboard attachment, effectively turning it into a convertible. Pricing for both tablets has yet to be confirmed.
As with previous Venue tablets, Dell is positioning these new devices as business machines by pre-loading them with various suites of enterprise software. For instance, Dell Data Protection is included as standard, offering encryption, authentication and anti-malware services. KACE, Dell's own enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform, will also be available to the tablets' owners.
"Mobility isn't just about great devices. It's about the product, software, service and partnerships together that help customers solve their biggest business issues," said PJ Dwyer, vice president of client solutions at Dell EMEA.
"By providing the industry's most comprehensive selection of tablets and 2-in-1s, coupled with its world-class end-to-end services and support that many businesses require, we have assembled a truly unique offering that our customers can leverage to truly maximise the productivity of their mobile teams."
The announcement comes less than three weeks after Microsoft enlisted Dell to help sell its Surface Pro tablets through the latter's commercial sales channel; the reveal of a new Venue 10 Pro 5000 is thus a particularly interesting development, as its detachable keyboard and Windows OS makes it a close competitor to the Surface Pro 3. It also joins the iPad Pro, Apple's first attempt at an enterprise slate, in this increasingly crowded market.
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