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Dell Venue 10 Android 2-in-1 breaks cover

Earlier on, we told you about Dell’s upcoming Venue 8 7000 and the fact that as things stand, it might just be the thinnest tablet in the world. Well, we’ve also received word that, as desirable as the Venue 8 seems to be, Dell’s not pinning all its hopes on that one device. The company’s also is working on releasing a new 2-in-1 Android device – the Dell Venue 10.

Dell Venue 10 2-in-1 tablet PC
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Versatility and flexibility, 2-in-1 style

The company showed off the Venue 10 at the Intel Developer Forum, which was held this past week in San Francisco. Were you there? If so, you may have been lucky enough to see it for yourself.

In line with its 2-in-1 designation, this upcoming tablet is specifically designed to interface with a keyboard, but if you don’t need to type on one, you can detach the two very easily. Whether this tablet is going to be as slim as the Venue 8 or not is still up in the air – what appears to be evident, however, is that there’s a cylindrical section on one end, a la the Lenovo tablet lineup. In this application, as it’s used in the Venue 10, the extended battery might signify that this unit is intended for heavy-duty usage.

The Lenovo Yoga tablet range, however, has a built in kickstand, while Dell appears to be going in a different direction with its own lineup of tablets. If the Venue 10 will be anything like the Venue 8 – Dell sells a keyboard dock that can be attached to the tablet with a magnetic connector – Dell might not need a swing-out kickstand like the Lenovo units use. Then again, a closer look at the picture might indicate that the central cylinder swings out – so maybe this could be a kickstand after all. Only time will tell.

Perhaps the last item of interest is the screen aspect ratio. It’s a tad narrower than most other tablets today – it actually looks akin to the older Microsoft Surface units, and a far cry from the newer screens that debuted in the Surface Pro.

Price and availability… ?

Who knows? Seriously, not much is known just yet about the Dell Venue 10, including when we might see it in the sheet metal or how much it might cost when it does drop. You’ll just have to keep checking back with us.

source [Liliputing]

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Dell launching Venue 8 7000, the “world’s thinnest Android tablet”

OK, so it looks like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung might have to move over a little bit and make room on the tablet-market stage for Dell. The company’s announced its new Venue 8 7000, which it’s touting as the thinnest Android slate in the world – all of 6 mm thick!Dell Venue 8 7000 series Android tablet PC

Anorexia, thy name is…

The Venue 8 7000 is sized to go toe to toe with Apple’s iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab Pro. No pushovers those, not one – we can only assume that Dell knows this full well, and has thus worked to kit out its new small tablet accordingly. (Bring a knife to a gunfight and you really won’t get very far.)

Our source says that the Venue 8 7000 will sport a high resolution 8.4 inch OLED display – a 2560 x 1600 pixel one – and according to the press pictures, it seems to be an edge to edge one – minimal bezels here, thankfully a far cry from many other slates. But that’s far from all, as Dell is also touting the fact that its upcoming slate will be one of the first to ship with the Intel RealSense platform. In a nutshell, this platform will consist of a 3D camera and special Intel software, which will enable 3D gesture based input akin to, say, a Leap Motion or Microsoft Kinect controller. Really quite intriguing (despite the possibly massive impact on battery life).

No word yet on what version of Android the Venue 8 7000 will be running, but it’ll be quite a bit of a disappointment for Dell not to have put in “Android L” when the slate finally does launch – most especially since, rumor has it, that the next version of Android might launch very soon.

Price and availability

According to our source, the Dell Venue 8 7000 should arrive just in time for the 2014 holiday season. Its price hasn’t been announced just yet, but hopefully it will be in line with the competition. Check back with us later, we’re sure updates should be coming in thick and fast as we approach its launch date!

source [Ubergizmo]

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19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

The year’s almost up and we’re taking a look at 19 of the best tablets 2013 had to offer. It depends on who you ask, but many will tell you that 2013 is the year of the tablet. The best models of last year were upgraded to have sharper screens and zippier processors – a trend that is bound to continue in years to come. Of course, this hardware arms race benefits consumers, though we have to admit, the sheer numbers can be overwhelming at times. So we’ve sifted through the sea of slates to bring you the 25 most memorable tablets of 2013.

They’re incredible in their own little ways, be it hardware superiority, bargain basement price, or simply, bang for the buck. (They are in no particular order, because let’s face it, we’re not here to argue about which is better, etcetera, etcetera.) Continue reading 19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

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Dell XPS 11 starts at US $1049

We first saw the Dell XPS 11 at this year’s Computex. It was quite intriguing at the time, seemingly marrying two good slates (particularly, the Lenovo Yoga and the Microsoft Surface tablets) to get one flexible Windows 8 convertible tablet PC. Well, Dell has finally released more information about the said tablet, so let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Dell XPS 11 - Convertible Tablet PC

Dell XPS 11: $1049 Tablet Convertible

Officially, the Dell XPS 11 is a ‘2-in-1 ultrabook’ and it comes in three 4th generation Haswell CPU configurations. The most basic model has the 1.5 GHz Intel Core i3 4020Y dual core processor, while the other two models both have the 1.5 GHz Intel Core i5 4210Y (with TurboBoost up to 1.9 GHz) dual core processor. All three feature 4 GB of RAM and Intel HD 4200 graphics, but they come in different storage capacities (the most basic comes with an 80 GB SSD, while the other two come in 128 GB and 256 GB SSD, respectively). Other features are quite standard: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a microSD card reader (supports SD, SDIO, and SDXC), and an HD webcam. All three also pack a 40 WHr battery.

Its 11.6-inch LED backlit display has a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Software-wise, the Dell XPS 11 has a 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system. Like the Yoga, the XPS 11 features four usage modes: Laptop, Tent, Tablet Stand, and Tablet. It’s pretty light at only 2.5lbs (1.13kg) so you can comfortably take it around with you.

Additional Notes

The keyboard is backlit, with the keys sitting flush on the base. This design makes the keyboard itself water-resistant and you won’t ever have to worry about the keys ever falling off. However, the keys are touch sensitive, which may need some – or a lot of – getting used to. Some reviewers didn’t like the keyboard, but we have to admit that the idea is awesome.

The carbon fiber and machined aluminum construction looks premium enough, and pricing seems pretty standard to 2-in-ones in the market. You can order one from Dell and get a US $50 discount off the basic model, though as of this writing, the estimated ship date is listed as 12/31/2013.

Comparable devices include the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Sony’s Vaio Tap 11 is also on the list; it pretty much has the same CPU as the XPS 11, but features Active Pen support. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 also features a stylus. The Yoga 2 Pro, however, has a higher 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution and a better 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3 4010U processor at pretty much the same price as the XPS 11.

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Venue 11 Pro: Windows 8 tablet, starts at $499

According to reports, Dell’s upcoming Windows tablet, the Venue 11 Pro, may just give the Surface 2 a run for its money. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

 Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8 Tablet PC

Dell Venue 11 Pro: 2-in-1 Tablet-Notebook Hybrid

Dell is no stranger to the hybrid form factor, as evidenced by their XPS line. The 11 Pro works like your typical Dell hybrid: With the keyboard, you can use it as a small notebook, and without, you can happily use it as a standalone tablet PC. This model comes in a number of varieties, though the most basic model features a quad-core Intel Atom Z3770 Bay Trail processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. The higher end versions have Intel Pentium, Core i3, and Core i5 CPUs with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB SSD storage, so you can choose among those variants if you’re willing to fork up more cash.

All variants will however sport the same 10.8-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, USB 3.0 and microHDMI ports, a 2 MP camera up front and an 8 MP shooter at the rear, and a microSD card slot for additional memory. The Venue 11 Pro will feature a removable 30 Whr battery, though you can get a bigger 37 Whr one. You can swap batteries as well – a feature you’d surely appreciate if you’re frequently on the move.

You can choose from a variety of additional input devices, too: Active Stylus, Slim Keyboard, Mobile Keyboard, and Tablet Desktop Dock. The Active Stylus is basically an active digitizer that would let you draw, take notes, and doodle on your tablet, while the Slim Keyboard doubles as a screen cover. The Mobile Keyboard, on the other hand, comes with an extra battery so that would be nice if you have an irrational fear of running out of power at inopportune times. Lastly, the Desktop Dock offers additional USB 3.0 ports as well as display out ports.

Pricing and Availability

As mentioned, the Dell Venue 11 Pro will start at US $499 (for the most basic model). According to the press release, we can expect it to hit sometime in November, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for this one.

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Dell Venue 7 and 8: The Affordable Android Tablets

Personally, Dell is not really one of the brands I would associate with low-cost, entry level tablet PCs, but that is about to change with their new Android slates: the Venue 7 and 8. Yep, they are entering the budget tablet space, and this is not at all that surprising considering that everybody has gone there (with the exception of maybe Sony and Apple). Anyway, what can we expect from these upcoming Dell tablets?

Venue 7: $150 Android

As the name suggests, the smallest slate in Dell’s Venue line-up has a 7-inch IPS display, which can output a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, the tablet packs a dual core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, GPS, 2 cameras (a VGA camera up front and a 3 MP shooter at the back), a microUSB port, and a microSD card slot. The Dell Venue 7 will come in WiFi-only and 3G variants.

According to Dell’s announcement, this measures at 7.6 x 4.6 x 0.38 in and weighs 8.3 ounces.

Dell Venue 7 Android Tablet PC

Venue 8: Slightly Beefier, $180 Android

This Venue’s 8-inch IPS display has the same resolution as its little brother’s (1280 x 800), but it does have slightly better specs. It features a dual core 2.0 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail+ processor, 2 GB of RAM, and two storage options, 16 GB or 32 GB. It also features better shooters, with a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. The other features are pretty much the same: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 15.5 Whr battery, and microSD card slot. 

The 8 is also slightly bigger (of course) and heavier at 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.35 in and 10.3 ounces.

Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet PC

Out of the box, both devices will come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean baked in, and will come with optional HSPA+.

Both the Venue 7 and 8 offer very good value with prices starting at US $150 and $180, respectively. The specs don’t exactly compare to the Google Nexus 7 (2013) or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, but those aren’t entry level devices either. So yeah, if you’re looking for a cheap Android device with fairly decent specs for doing tablet-y things like browsing the net and watching videos, then you should take a closer look at these two once they hit the shelves in October 18.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro – The Low-Cost Windows 8.1 Tablet PC

Dell has revived its Venue family of tablet PC models, and one of them is a low-cost slate with Windows 8.1, the Dell Venue 8 Pro. According to reports, it will come with a Bay Trail processor and a US $300 price tag.

Interesting, is it not? Check out its specs sheet below.

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet PC

Dell Venue 8 Pro: Specs and Features

The specs on this puppy are not too stand-offish. Its 8-inch IPS display features a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (16:9 aspect ratio). The 8 Pro packs a quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740D Bay Trail processor, and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two internal storage options, 32 GB and 64 GB. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, TPM security, a microUSB port, 2 cameras (1.2 MP front facing and 5 MP rear), and a microSD card slot (expandable up to 64 GB).

As mentioned, this will come out of the box with Windows 8.1, with Office 2013 Home and Student conveniently bundled in. It also works with a wireless keyboard and comes with the optional Dell Active Stylus. As you may have probably guessed, the stylus should make taking notes, drawing, or doodling a whole lot easier. Looks-wise, the Venue 8 Pro is a pretty typical Windows tablet, and it measures at 8.5 x 5.1 x 0.35 inches and weighs in at about 14 ounces.

From the looks of things and judging from the press release from Dell, the Venue 8 Pro is geared toward enterprise users, like IT personnel and such.

Pricing and Availability

As mentioned, the Dell Venue 8 Pro will retail for US $300 and according to reports, it will hit the shelves on October 18. Would you want to buy one of these babies once they become available? It’s certainly tempting, especially since it will feature the full version of Windows 8.1 and since its price tag is quite affordable. It also has decent specs (at least on paper) as well.

We will have to wait for release to see how it performs in the real world and to see just how much value it offers. In the meantime, you can check out the other two members of the Venue tablet line, the 7 and 8. They’re Android tablet PCs you can get on the cheap.

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Dell XPS 10 price plummets to $299

Yes, you read that right: Dell’s Windows RT tablet PC, the XPS 10 has been hit with a drastic price cut. Just to put that sentence into perspective, when the 10 debuted in October last year, its retail price was at US $499. They’ve slashed it down to $299 for the standalone 32 GB tablet, but right now the new price tag reads US $479 for both the 32 GB and 64 GB versions – with the keyboard bundled in.

Dell XPS 10 Tablet PC

Dell XPS 10: Price Slash

The price cuts follow Dell’s admittance that the Windows RT device’s sales were sluggish. From where we’re standing, the electronics giant is dumping its stocks which may be the case. As mentioned, the 32 GB and 64 GB versions are now available at the Dell store for $479; while the LTE version, on the other hand, retails for $579. All three of which are bundled with the keyboard, so there are considerable savings to be made, $150, $230, and $230 respectively.

Just what are you getting from the XPS 10? This 10-inch Windows tablet sports a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor with an integrated Adreno 225 GPU. Its LCD screen is maxed out at a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. It packs 2 cameras (2 MP front and 5 MP rear), Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity, a microSD card slot, and a microUSB port, among other things. With the bundled in keyboard accessory, the 10 can reportedly last for as long as 18 hours which could certainly be helpful if you like working away from a wall socket. If you choose to ditch the keyboard, you can still use the tablet for as long as 10 hours, according to Dell.

Since this is a Windows device, it also comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT out of the box.

Would you want to buy this tablet PC?

Why not? If you’re just looking for something you can use while you’re on the go – remember, this can go for as long as 15 hours, conservatively speaking – then the Dell XPS 10 should be a good choice especially after the price cut. You can get it for cheap directly from the Dell store. If you don’t want the keyboard bundle though, then you can check out Amazon or other stores that still carry the standalone tablet with a retail price of $299.

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New Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet PC

If you’re looking for an ultrabook-tablet PC convertible that has enough power to put your regular slate to shame, then we suggest you take a closer look at the Dell XPS 12. It’s Dell’s updated version with better processors and more features. Read on to know more about it.

Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet PC

Dell XPS 12: New Specs and More

Dell’s XPS line is pretty sleek, and the 12 is no different. It’s a 12.5 inch Windows 8 ultrabook that converts quite neatly into a tablet. Like all the other tablets in the line, Dell offers a wide range of choices specs-wise. You can choose between two processor options, a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4200U and a 3.0 GHz Intel Core i7-4500, both of which are 4th generation Haswell CPUs. You won’t find the RAM lacking on both either since the i5 version packs a 4 GB DDR3 while the i7 features an 8 GB DDR3. Everything else is pretty much the same for both – Intel HD Graphics 4400, 12.5-inch LED screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 512 GB SSD of internal storage, and a 1.3 MP HD webcam. The Dell XPS 12 also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC connectivity.

Aesthetics-wise, this convertible tablet PC is pretty sturdy with a carbon fiber and machined aluminium frame, plus Corning Gorilla Glass protection from edge to edge.

What makes this new version better?

For one thing, the Haswell processors are definitely faster than the previous Ivy Bridge-powered versions. Dell was also nice enough to put in a beefier 6-cell battery that can reportedly provide up to 8.5 hours of power – two and a half hours more than the earlier version. The form factor is also quite pretty, with the screen is housed in a frame that lets it swivel in for ultrabook mode and swivel out for tablet mode.

As you may have guessed though, the Dell XPS 12 doesn’t come cheap. The Intel Core i5 model starts at US $1200 while the more powerful i7 model retails for US $1400. You can probably find more affordable convertible tablet PC options, though if you’re looking for power and a longer battery life, you may want to consider the XPS 12.

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Dell XPS 11: Upcoming Convertible Tablet

The Dell XPS 11 debuted at this year’s Computex and we’re a bit curious. According to tech pundits, this tablet convertible combines Microsoft’s Surface tablet with Lenovo’s flexible Yoga. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Dell XPS 11 convertible tablet PC

Dell XPS 11: Flexible

For starters, the XPS 11, as the name suggests, features an 11.6-inch screen, which boasts of an eye-popping 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Also, it will house a brand new Intel Core i5 Haswell processor. Other features include a USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, and a stylus that tucks neatly into a holder that attaches to the device’s Kensington lock. The tablet’s frame features a pretty aluminium and carbon fiber weave design. The rest of the specs are still under wraps, but according to Dell, we’ll be hearing more about it in the coming months.

Like the Lenovo Yoga, its hinge gives it great flexibility, flipping to an almost 360 degrees. According to reports, Dell’s new convertible tablet PC works much like a 2-in-1 device. With keyboard laid out, you have a Windows 8 laptop-ultrabook. With the keyboard folded back, input from it is disabled and you get tablet PC. The Lenovo Yoga has the same 11.6-inch screen, though it only packs a 1.3 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, an integrated GPU, 2 GB of RAM, and runs with the Windows RT operating system. We think it’s safe to say that the Dell XPS 11 will be packing more juice, more power, and hopefully a full version of Windows 8.

Pricing and Availability

Dell is keeping mum about the XPS 11 at the moment, but as mentioned, we can expect to get more details in the next few months. This tablet will be hitting the shelves this holiday season. From the looks of things, the Dell XPS 11 may be worth closer consideration once it goes into retail, though for most of us, pricing will be a big factor. At any rate, we’ll keep you updated once more news, specs, and official announcements happen. We’ll keep our eyes peeled, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, what do you think? Are you interested in this work and play, two form factors in one tablets? Do you think it has a fighting chance? Sound off in the comments below!

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