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Dell introduces new Windows and Android-based tablets

Dell’s Neil Hand shows off one of the company’s new tablet computers.

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Dell’s Neil Hand shows off one of the company’s new tablet computers.

Dell has unveiled its latest generation of tablet computers featuring two Windows-based devices with 11-inch and 8-inch screens and two Android-based devices with 7-inch and 8-inch screens.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro ($180) and Dell Venue 11 Pro ($500) are Windows 8.1-based, with the ability to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration.

The Dell Venue 7 ($150) and Dell Venue 8 ($180) are Android-based.

With the new generation, Dell is emphasizing their look and feel, along with a longish product life.

"If you buy (a Dell tablet) in holiday 2013, you should still be happy with it in holiday 2014 and 2015," said Neil Hand, a Dell veteran who had left the company several years ago, but returned last year to become vice president for tablets and performance PCs.

Hand can make that claim because of dramatic progress by Intel Corp. in making processors that successfully combine low power use and stronger performance.

Along with its new tablets, Dell also will have a docking station, called a Desktop Dock, that lets the tablet be plugged into a larger display. It also is offering two versions of keyboards, one with full-motion typing keys and the other, a thinner keyboard, with typing keys that have less movement.

The idea is to give customers a solid work-related system that also can function as a personal entertainment system for things like reading books and watching movies.

Dell is offering its Pocket Cloud service to enable its tablets to share documents and data with a wide range of other devices. It acquired the Pocket Cloud technology when it bought California-based Wyse Technology last year.

The new tablets are expected to be available online and with retailers in the next few weeks.

Dell introduces new Windows and Android-based tablets 10/05/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 6, 2013 7:09pm]
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