Dell Debuts Venue Tablets and Refreshed XPS Laptops

It’s a big day for Dell, with the reveal of seven brand new devices hitting stores over the next two months. That includes a refresh of their XPS ultrabooks as well as a brand new slate of tablets under the Venue line.

There will be new versions of the XPS 13 and 15, as well as a brand new XPS 11. The XPS 11 is 2.5 pounds and 11-15 mm thick, making it the thinnest and lightest in its class. It’s a convertible ultrabook, thanks to a 360 degree hinge, and features a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, which Dell also claims is a first for its class. In fact, Dell is putting a heavy emphasis on high resolution screens this time around – the XPS 13 is getting a 1920 x 1080 touch display, and the XPS 15 is getting an also best-in-class 3200 x 1800 display.

All of the new XPS ultrabooks will feature 4th generation Intel core processors. You’ll find Intel HD 4400 graphics on the XPS 13, but you’ll have a discrete NVIDIA graphics processor on the XPS 15, to take advantage of that 3200 x 1800 display. The XPS 15 will either come with 500 GB or 1 TB worth of storage, plus a 32 GB mSATA SSD for caching. A 512 GB SSD is optional. And, if you like judging (ultra)books by their covers, these are made from machine aluminum and carbon fiber, with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on the displays.

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The new Venue line of tablets contains four models – two Android devices and two Windows 8 devices. The Dell Venue 7 and 8 are the two Android tablets, running on Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processors.The Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro both run Windows 8.1, and both will be powered by Intel quad-core Bay Trail processors, although you do have the option of getting a 4th generation Intel i3 or i5 on the Venue 11 Pro, along with Intel vPro. The Venue 11 Pro can also be purchased with a stylus, a keyboard cover, a mobile keyboard dock that carries its own supplemental battery, or a desktop dock with USB 3.0 ports and dual display out ports.

It’s hard to know what to expect from the tablets, and Dell hasn’t given a ton of details about them, yet. But, those new XPS ultrabooks look very good – after years and years of floundering, it’s definitely starting to seem like Dell is worth a look again. If nothing else, those displays are awfully shiny. The Dell Venue 7, 8, 8 Pro, and XPS 15 are all coming at you on October 18, for $150, $180, $300, and $1,500, respectively. The Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11, and XPS 13 will all show up in November for $500, $1,000, and $1,000, respectively.

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