Dell had introduced a new series of 10.6-inch tablets as part of the Dell Venue 11 Pro series that will take on Microsoft’s competing Surface 2 and Surface 2 tablets. Like the Surface, the Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets can either be used as a tablet or as a compact Ultrabook with a removable keyboard. And also like this year’s new Surfaces, the Venue 11 Pro also has an optional dock that is sure to please enterprise customers and those who want an all-in-one and one-for-all computing device that they can use as a tablet, a laptop, and as a desktop PC when docked and connected to a larger display.
There are several different configurations for the Dell Venue 11 Pro at this time and the models start with an Intel Z3770 Bay Trail Atom-based CPU at the base configuration and moves up to an Intel Core i3 or Intel Core i5 Haswell processor at higher configurations.
All models come standard with a full HD 1080p display, like their Surface 2 and Surface 2 rivals, and Dell is offering configurations with 32, 64, 128, or 256 GB of SSD storage on the tablets. Models will ship with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM.
Even with the Bay Trail processor, Dell is saying you should be getting huge performance gains compared to older Atom-based CPUs and still benefit from great battery life.
For enterprise users who demand extra security, Dell has a model that users can equip with a hardware TPM module.
The Venue 11 Pro series is a nice alternative to Microsoft’s branded line of tablets, and unlike the Microsoft models, you can optionally also configure the tablet to come with 4G HSPA+/LTE or 4G LTE/HSPA/CDMA module for wireless mobile broadband connectivity while on the go.
The tablets ship with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel HD front-facing camera for your video conferencing calls.
There are several different keyboard options available for mobile users who prefer a more tablet-like experience.
A slimmer keyboard with a cover resembles the Microsoft Surface’s Type Cover and a second keyboard option is more rigid and better suited for lap use that turns the Venue 11 Pro into an Ultrabook.
For users who want to take notes, an optional stylus is also included.