Dell announces upcoming Windows 8.1 notebooks and tablets but no new Windows RT products

The Dell XPS 11 notebook-tablet hybrid is due out in November.

With Dell almost ready to become a private company again, the PC maker is announcing, and in some cases re-announcing, some new Windows 8.1 notebooks and tablets that are due out in the next few weeks. They include the Dell XPS 11, which was first revealed in June. The 2.5 pound notebook-tablet hybrid has a screen that folds around nearly 360 degrees so it can be used as a touchscreen-only device. The 11.6 screen itself has a display resolution of 2560x1440 and has a starting price of $999 and will be released in November.

Today's Dell press release also reveals the XPS 13 notebook, with a 13.3 inch display and starting at just under three pounds. It's due for release in November with the starting price of $999. The 4.44 pound XPS 15 notebook, with a 15.6 inch 3200x1800 display, will be released on October 18th with a price starting at $1,499.

Dell also announced two new Windows 8.1 tablets. One is the 8-inch Venue 8 Pro, which was revealed a few weeks ago. It has a Intel Bay Trail Atom processor, a 1280x800 display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will come pre-loaded with Office 2013 Home and Student and is due out on October 18th for the price of $299.99.

The other Windows 8.1 tablet is the Venue 11 Pro, which has a 10.8 inch screen with a 1920x1080 display. Users can pick from either an Intel Bay Trail Atom chip or a Haswell Core i5 processor, and it supports up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. Users can also add one or more optional accessories, including a slim keyboard, a keyboard with an integrated battery and a desktop dock that adds more USB 3.0 ports along with dual display out ports. The tablet is due out in November for the starting price of $499.99.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Dell did not announced any new Windows RT products this week which again makes Microsoft the only company currently selling a tablet running the ARM-based OS.

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I'm a bit confused at this entry -

"Dell also announced two new Windows 8.1 tablets. One is the 8-inch Venue 8 Pro, which was revealed a few weeks ago. It has a Intel Bay Trail Atom processor, a 1280x800 display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will come pre-loaded with Office 2013 Home and Student and is due out on October 18th for the price of $299.99."

The only line that includes Office is the RT line. Would this not be also in the same price range as other RT devices? I don't think they are out of it completely, at least with these specs.

The_Grinch said,
I'm a bit confused at this entry -

"Dell also announced two new Windows 8.1 tablets. One is the 8-inch Venue 8 Pro, which was revealed a few weeks ago. It has a Intel Bay Trail Atom processor, a 1280x800 display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will come pre-loaded with Office 2013 Home and Student and is due out on October 18th for the price of $299.99."

The only line that includes Office is the RT line. Would this not be also in the same price range as other RT devices? I don't think they are out of it completely, at least with these specs.

Confused about what you're confused about. Dell is pre-loading Office 2013 on their x86 Tablets. I'm not sure if pre-loaded also means licensed, but if it does, then I see it as a way to be feature competitive with the Surface 2, which includes Office RT.

The new XPS 15 is by far the best high-end laptop in its category right now.
Kudos Dell, I really like what I see from them lately.

Excellent choice in getting out of the RT market. The niche for tablets is getting smaller and smaller as smartphone get more and more powerful. Pity, that Windows-8 doesn't recognize this situation with its UI.

TsarNikky said,
Excellent choice in getting out of the RT market. The niche for tablets is getting smaller and smaller as smartphone get more and more powerful. Pity, that Windows-8 doesn't recognize this situation with its UI.

Huh? You do realize the WP8 and Windows 8 App layers and UI are merging in a few months, right?

TCLN Ryster said,
The tablet market is getting smaller you say?

rofl i guess he doesn't go out often.

I went to Futushop yesterday to buy a new monitor. There was like 7 monitors on display only. All cheap 200$ models. Used to have like 2 walls full of them 10 years ago. There was no traditional desktop in sight. Yep i did not see one single desktop computer. Now i don't say there was none i'm sure there was probably 4-5 of them hidden somewhere but the only thing i saw while going to the tiny monitors section of the store was all-in-one machines desperately trying to copy apple. There was 3 walls full of tablets of any kind (Apple, Android and a few Windows RT by Asus). There was 2 walls full of laptops. I think there was probably more tablets by Samsung on display than traditional desktop computers. 10 years ago Future Shop used to have like 3 or 4 walls full of desktop computer for every budget.

People who think the tablet market is shrinking and the desktop market getting stronger are totally delusional. It's the opposite actually.

JHBrown said,
Smaller for Microsoft.

They started at 0, what they have now is more than 0 and they do continue to sell them, at whatever rate is debatable. How is it getting smaller for them?

As soon as the next update to RT comes along (rumoured q2 next year) that merges the Windows Phone and Windows Stores you will see 8" Surface RT from Microsoft and DELL and others will come out with RT devices. Right now DELL know they'd get burned as there isn't enough demand for RT until there are more apps, but as soon as that changes people will support RT/WP. I wouldn't buy a Surface 2 or any other RT device if it existed now, but in 6 months I will re-consider.

The Venue 11 Pro sounds interesting, the link doesn't mention weight, just "lightweight." Really curious about how much it weighs.

Windows RT is the future pure mobile OS play, it'll end up running phones, phablets and mini tablets. Once the store and the apps mature more and you need the desktop less and less on a 8" or 6" device then there's no reason not to go with RT and drop the legacy side of the OS. Not only are you going to get better overall performance but also security and so on. It's only going to be a matter of time, and v8.1 is a step in that direction. Once they have better file management and other advanced things on the modern side then RT becomes the better mobile option in the end.

GP007 said,
Windows RT is the future pure mobile OS play, it'll end up running phones, phablets and mini tablets. Once the store and the apps mature more and you need the desktop less and less on a 8" or 6" device then there's no reason not to go with RT and drop the legacy side of the OS. Not only are you going to get better overall performance but also security and so on. It's only going to be a matter of time, and v8.1 is a step in that direction. Once they have better file management and other advanced things on the modern side then RT becomes the better mobile option in the end.

It already is running phones, it is only the Application layer that differs from WP8 to Windows 8. Microsoft could even turn on the 'desktop' on WP8 if there becomes a need.

Agreed. Just wish they'd gotten their sooner. I've been ready to buy a good tablet for 2 years and still have another 6 months to go. I don't want an iPad or Android toy tablet.

That is because Windows RT is on life support and only still breathing because Microsoft still have the Surface. It is a dead end product and always has been. I know several people who have a Surface RT and they all dislike it. They only got it because they wanted/needed a tablet with Office and there were no Windows 8 tablets in the same price range at the time. Now that they can pick up a tablet running "proper" Windows for the same price as a Surface RT that is where they will go next time.

I have an xps 10 and if performance is a problem have them turn off the graphics that show where your finger pressed on the screen. I truned it off on my windows rt device and it made a huge difference in speed.

InTheSwiss said,
That is because Windows RT is on life support and only still breathing because Microsoft still have the Surface. It is a dead end product and always has been. I know several people who have a Surface RT and they all dislike it. They only got it because they wanted/needed a tablet with Office and there were no Windows 8 tablets in the same price range at the time. Now that they can pick up a tablet running "proper" Windows for the same price as a Surface RT that is where they will go next time.

Life support looks pretty good when you get second iteration, a very sleek upgrade at that and a large corporate airline signs on to equip its fleet with your product.

Windows RT is only on life support until the app market grows and matures. Then it needs to be used on tablets that are priced appropriately and it can have a good future.

With RT merging with WP, you should see the app market improve a lot. Once the Metro version of Office is out, MS can finally deemphasize the desktop on RT tablets.

So yeah, RT is definitely a 1.0 product, we will see if it can improve.

Osiris said,

Life support looks pretty good when you get second iteration, a very sleek upgrade at that and a large corporate airline signs on to equip its fleet with your product.

Second iteration means nothing. Microsoft has the luxury many companies do not. They can gamble and strike out a few times with their products. The RT was/is a failure in its first year. Year 2, we'll see what happens.

InTheSwiss said,
That is because Windows RT is on life support and only still breathing because Microsoft still have the Surface. It is a dead end product and always has been. I know several people who have a Surface RT and they all dislike it. They only got it because they wanted/needed a tablet with Office and there were no Windows 8 tablets in the same price range at the time. Now that they can pick up a tablet running "proper" Windows for the same price as a Surface RT that is where they will go next time.

Even if Surface RT and Windows RT as a tablet brand goes away, Microsoft will not stop development of the ARM based OS.

Windows on ARM will continue, as it is the same OS running on WP8, and is also being built for new ARM based servers.

So for Microsoft to offer a consumer version of the product, it really doesn't matter, as they have to fund the OS development anyway.

MorganX said,
Arm based servers? Interesting.

Yep... Several years ago, Microsoft tried to get Intel to do a x64 bit Atom line for low powered server farms. This was in the Vista days, and Intel ignored the notion.

For larger server farms that are essentially just handling data and not running custom server 'applications', a low powered CPU makes a lot of sense, especially with an OS like Server 2012 that can handle 256 CPUs/Cores without a large diminishing overhead.

MS versions of their server products are a fairly easy port as they get Windows RT(WOA) commercial ready for ARMv8 (64bit).

Additionally with Microsoft NT Azure pushing out more server applications that can run on the OS framework instead of on the hardware, even custom code and software can start to move to various architecture transparently, just as a VM of your local server can be moved to an Azure based cloud today.

Not only that but with the advancements in the Atom processor, I reckon Windows RT will be useless for the consumer market. Maybe (MAYBE) for embedded systems.