Dell takes on Surface Pro with new Windows tablets

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Dell takes on Surface Pro with new Windows tablets

Choose-your-own processor.

Troubled PC maker Dell has released a range of new Windows tablets, reviving the ‘Venue’ brand in a bid to do the same for its PC business.

The 8 and 11-inch tablets both come with keyboard and stylus options. Dell said they are designed to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration.

In keeping with the push into corporates, both tablets come with Dell’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security add-on, and Dell Enterprise Services support.

The Dell Venue 11 Pro runs Windows 8.1, and comes with a detachable keyboard, not unlike the Surface Pro. Its key point of difference, Dell said, was the removable battery. It also comes with a full HD display.

Customers can choose from a range of options to customise the device, including what kind of processor they want. The cheapest model offers an Intel Bay Trail processor and 2 GB of RAM, while those willing to carry a heavier device can choose from a range of Intel Haswell-based processors with up to 8 GB of RAM.

The Dell Venue 11 Pro. Image credit: Dell

Both tablets will be available in Australia in November, but local pricing is yet to be confirmed. In the US the Venue 8 Pro will start at US$299, and the Venue 11 Pro at US$499.

Dell also announced a new range of laptops overnight, including the XPS 18 all-in-one portable desktop, which is available in Australia from today.

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