The Dell Venue 11 Pro line of tablets feature 10.8 inch full HD displays, Windows 8.1 software, and a choice of Intel Atom or Intel Core processors.

I reviewed a model with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor earlier this year and I was somewhat impressed… but found the $499 and higher price tags a little off-putting.

Now it looks like Dell is getting ready to update the Venue 11 Pro and this time it looks like the company might have some new premium features to help justify the premium prices it charges for the tablet.

dell venue 11 pro 7000 series

Tablet PC Italy reports that Dell recently unveiled a new model featuring an Intel Core M Broadwell processor, support for up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of solid state storage.

The new tablet keeps its 10.8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS screen and active digitzer for pen input. It has a mini HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, Intel WiDi wireless display support, and Windows 8.1 64-bit software.

Dell will also offer optional features including 4G LTE, NFC, and TPM security modules. Each model will supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and each has front and rear cameras.

The Venue 11 Pro measures a little more than 0.4 inches thick and weighs a little less than 1.7 pounds.

WiFi-only models should hit the streets in November, with 4G models following in December.

Update: Notebook Italia has some hands-on photos of the new model, which looks a lot like the old model. Like its predecessor, the new Venue 11 Pro will be available with an optional keyboard cover, docking station, and digital pen.



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14 replies on “Dell is giving the Venue 11 Pro tablet an Intel Core M makeover”

  1. I guess these new ones are thinner and get better battery life and have no vents… I paid about $600 in total for i3 model with keyboard on ebay. I have been using as my main machine, my macbook pro recently died on me so thank goodness i have this. I ordered the pen and cannot get it to work, it just shows a little dot when you hover it over the screen and I can’t draw with it or interact with the tablet in anyway. Also, since I got it from ebay, I had to transfer warranty to my name, after filling out the form countless of times, dell still has not allowed warranty transfer. Maybe I should call customer service?

  2. Hopefully, this is fanless and doesn’t throttle. From what I’ve read about the Core M based Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, it suffers from thermal throttling and it even has a fan it: http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/10/16/lenovo-yoga-3-pro-core-m-performance-tests-reveal-throttling-fan-noise/

    Although, my ideal for play ultrapotable right now is a thin bezeled 10.1″ screened Core M based notebook (ie. not necessarily a hybrid nor even a touchscreen). I’ll even take a fan and be “thick” to get that smaller footprint.

  3. All I can say is, that my Windows Dell tablet is horrible: the touch screen has dead zones around the edges, so you can’t click anything that’s close to the top of the screen for example.

    $360 down the drain…

  4. still no keyboard you could use on you lap :-/
    since my main use-case consists of me sitting on my couch, putting the laptop on a pillow or my knees, this would be more then a deal-breaker.

    still, nice system

    1. Just like the previous Dell Venue 11 Pro, this one has a keyboard dock that converts the tablet into a notebook. Although, I don’t think the screen can tilt as far back as most notebooks.

      1. ah… i missed the second keyboard-option.
        not beeing able to tilt the screen back really far might be a bad thing, but neither does my t100 and this hasn’t been a problem for me that far. So i’d say it’s no problem for most of my use cases.

  5. I like my venue 11, but only like. The keyboard flexes too much. On my lap the twisting of it can make the mouse unresponsive, or click when I don’t mean to. Also had some random restarts when on the keyboard and moving it. Battery life is insane, but there’s bugs and physical problems.

  6. I’m going to wait until there’s a device with a reliable
    active digitizer. Unfortunately, given the manufacturers’
    abysmal track records, I may have to avoid low cost slates
    and go for their upmarket offerings.

  7. What? You need to use a Stylus with it? I don’t need a stylus with an iPad. I only need one finger. Guess which finger I’m giving Microsoft?

  8. Sounds good to me, 4gb and a better processor. Picked up the current Atom version for $333 almost a year ago. Got the hard keyboard and I am pretty happy with it, hopefully the old keyboard works with the new one

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