Instead Dell showcased Windows 8.1 in its new XPS 11. This Ultrabook, which converts from a tablet to a notebook with a 360-degree rotating hinge, a backlit touch keyboard with a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display. It starts at $999.99. There is also the XPS 13 which is targeted at mobile professionals and comes with a more-powerful fourth-generation Intel Core processor, Intel HD 4400 graphics and an improved battery. It has a 1920x1080 HD display and starts at $999.99.
Then there is the XPS 15 which is a multimedia machine with a 15.6-inch system, Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display with Intel's fourth-generation i5 and i7 quad-core processors with optional NVIDIA graphics cards. It's available with 500 GB and 1 TB hard disk drives, a 512 GB solid state drives and Intel's Rapid Start Technology. Pricing starts at $1,499.
Dell also unveiled its new Venue line of tablets, which we covered last week. There are two Windows 8.1-based products in 8 to 11-inche sizes and Android devices available with 7 and 8 inch screens. Intel’s latest Atom “Bay Trail” quad-core processors power the Windows 8.1-based Venue 8 Pro and Venue. Each of them starts at $299. The $499 Venue 11 Pro is based on Intel's fourth-generation Core i3 and i5 processors and comes with the option to use Intel's vPro management software. Both are have optional keyboards.
The Android-based Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets are based on Intel's Atom "Clover Trail" Z2760 processors. The Venue 7 costs $149.99 and the Venue 8 costs $179.99.