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Dell announces the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets running Windows 8.1

These latest business offerings step up the competition on specs and price for Windows tablets

Despite rumors to the contrary, Dell didn't release a new Windows RT tablet this year. Instead, the Texas based company opted for a pair of Android devices, and two Windows 8.1 tablets – the Venue 8 Pro and the Venue 11 Pro.

The 8 Pro features and 8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, a 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3740D processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, an SD card slot, a Synaptics digitizer stylus, optional 4G LTE, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

The 11 Pro is a solid step up with a 10.8-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display, a selection of Intel processors ranging from a 2.4 GHz quad-core Atom Bay Trail Z3770 up to a 1.6 GHz dual-core Core i5 4300Y, 2 to 8 GB of RAM, 32 to 256 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, a USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI port, an SD card slot, a removable battery, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

A range of accessories will be available for both of these tablets including a folio style keyboard for the 8, and a keyboard with an integrated battery or a docking station for the 11. The specs and options available already make these tablets outshine nearly all the devices in their categories (Iconia W3), and the low prices undercut those they don't (Surface Pro 2).

The Venue 8 Pro will be available in the United States and select other countries from October 18th, while the Venue 11 Pro is expected to launch sometime in November. Prices start at US$299 and US$499 respectively.


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Craig Munro, 2013-10- 3 (Update: 2013-10- 3)