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Dell unveils its all-new Venue tablets, plus major updates to its XPS Ultrabook line

Michael Brown | Oct. 3, 2013
New products will run Windows 8.1 and Android; Windows RT gets the cold shoulder.

The XPS 11 is a 2-in-1 convertible similar to the Lenovo Yoga 11S: Position the 11.6-inch screen at an angle to the keyboard, and you have a thin-and-light laptop. Fold the screen flat against, but facing out from, the keyboard, and you have a slightly thick tablet.

Dell will offer the machine with fourth-generation Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors and integrated graphics that will provide a display resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. The machines will have 4GB of DDR3/1600 memory and 80GB, 120GB, or 256GB of SSD storage. Dell expects the XPS 11 to fetch $1000 when it ships in November.

Dell is updating its existing XPS 13 with fourth-generation Intel Core processors (Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 SKUs will be available) and is adding a 13.3-inch touchscreen option. Both touch and nontouch models will deliver a screen resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, 4GB to 8GB of DDR3/1600 memory, 128GB or 256GB SSDs, two USB 3.0 ports, and a mini DisplayPort. The updated XPS 13 will be available in November, with prices starting at $1000.

An updated Dell XPS 15 will go on sale October 18, featuring fourth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, 8GB to 16GB of DDR3/1600 memory, and a discrete GPU option (Nvidia's GeForce GT 750M with a 2GB frame buffer). It will be available with 15.6-inch displays with either a 1920-by-1080-pixel or 3200-by-1800-pixel resolution (with the latter delivering a pixel density 235 ppi--slightly higher than that of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro). The XPS 15 will be available with either a mechanical hard drive backed by an SSD cache or a 512GB SSD. Prices will start at $1500.


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