Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets puts Windows power at your fingertips

Dell has revived the Venue name, officially announcing the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets at a press event in New York.

The tablets offer high-end specs, delivering a Windows 8.1 package with plenty of power, portability and flexibility.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro was first revealed at IDF in San Francisco in September and now sees its official launch. This model is designed to put Windows 8 in your pocket with its small form factor.

The 8-inch tablet offers an HD IPS display and come with Intel's Atom Bay Trail quad-core processor in a package that's only 8.9-inches thick. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, along with a front-facing camera.

There will be plenty of connectivity on offer, with HSPA+ an optional extra on top of the normal Wi-Fi.

We've already had the chance to play with the Dell Venue Pro 8, so be sure to check out our first impressions.

READ: Dell Venue 8 Pro pictures and hands-on

If you're looking for something larger, perhaps as a notebook replacement, then the Dell Venue 11 Pro is pitched as just that, looking to rival models like the Surface Pro 2.

The Dell Venue 11 Pro comes with a 10.8-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display, but you get lots of options for power, running from Intel Atom Bay Trail all the way up to Intel's fourth-gen "Haswell" Core i5. You can also spec up to 8GB of RAM.

When it comes to storage, you'll be well served with up to 256GB, as well as option SD card expansion.

The Dell Venue 11 Pro comes with a user replaceable battery, so for those on the road for a long time - over the 10 hours that Dell thinks this tablet will last - you'll be able to swap out the battery and keep going.

There's plenty of connectivity too, with support for wireless display and a full-size HDMI along with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a front-facing camera for all that video calling.

Beyond the tablet, Dell has lined up a full range of accessories for the Venue 11 Pro. There's proper keyboard that will effectively turn your tablet into a netbook, there's a keyboard cover, like the Surface, as well as a conventional dock.

READ: Dell Venue 11 Pro pictures and hands-on

Dell says that both models are business friendly, as well as being secure with things like TPM security and both also offer an active digitiser on the display to support pen use.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro will be available from 19 November price still to be confirmed. The Dell Venue 11 Pro will be available from 7 November, starting at £349.



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