Dell Venue 11 Pro is available for pre-order now with prices starting at $549, even though the release is weeks away with the release date set to December 13. http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Venue-Pro11
(UPDATED: Dell Venue 11 Pro is now available on Microsoft Store for $499, with earlier release.)
Dell unveiled this new tablet on October 2nd, along with three other tablets of the Dell Venue line. The only other Venue tablet running Windows OS, the Dell Venue 8 Pro, was released 6 days ago already.
Dell Venue 11 Pro fills a gap left by people who are not satisfied with the two versions of Microsoft Surface 2 and Pro 2. The Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet comes in five different models or configurations, though they all share the same 10.8-inch screen size, and 1920 x 1080 resolution on the 10-point multi-touch display.
The differences starts with processors. There’s a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3770, a 1.2GHz Intel Pentium 3560Y, a 1.5GHz Intel Core i3 4020Y, a 1.5GHz Intel Core i5 4210Y, and a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4300Y.
Storage options are 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. While the memory options are between 2GB of DDR3 (1333MHz) RAM, or 4GB or 8GB of DDR3 (1600MHz) RAM.
Given the different processors there are also the choice of Intel Gen 7 GPU or Intel GT2 graphics processor.
Connectivity options range from Dell Wireless 1537 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Intel 7260AC Dual-Band 2×2 802.11 ac Wi-Fi (on Intel Core i5 vPro models), to NFC, 4.0 Bluetooth, with the option of Dell Wireless 5570E (3G / HSPA+) or Dell Wireless 5808E (4G LTE/HSPA/EVDO).
Interesting for a tablet, it has a changeable battery, with a capacity of 30Whr or 37Whr, depending on the configuration.
It’s got a 2MP front camera and full 8MP rear camera too, so that’s pretty good. For ports and plugs, it’s got a microSD card reader with support up to 64GB, a full sized USB 3.0, a micro-HDMI port, and a combo mic/headphone jack.
The Dell Venue 11 Pro (Pro11-2500BLK) for sale is the quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Atom Z3770 tablet, with 64GB storage, and 2GB of RAM. Included is Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. This one is taking orders for $549 and will be released on December 13.
See it online: http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Venue-Pro11
If you want the complete specs sheet for the five different Dell Venue 11 Pro models, it can be downloaded as a PDF file from Dell. [link]
If December 13 seems like a long wait or too close to Christmas, then the latest 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is the HP Omni 10 released today for $399, while the $499 Nokia Lumia 2520 will be released November 22.
Two promotional videos have been released for the Venue 11 Pro, seen here.
– Tom Bowen