Dell is revealing a series of new Android tablets, 2-in-1 hybrid laptops that double as Windows tablets, new all-in-one desktops, and multimedia monitors. The back-to-school lineup packs the latest processors, industrial design, and high-tech features into thin machines.
Like other computer makers, Dell is revealing its new machines at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, where most of the new computers are unveiled these days. Dell wants to show that 2-in-1 hybrids have become mainstream companions that can do real work and provide entertainment on the go.
“These are designed to give you all the performance you need to get the job done,” Jonathan Guttell, Dell’s Director of Global Consumer Messaging, told VentureBeat in an interview. “We give you the latest tech and you can choose what level of service and performance.”
Dell is unveiling the 7-inch and 8-inch Android-based Dell Venue tablets. The company is tapping Intel’s latest Atom processors to deliver devices with brilliant displays, good performance, and thinner and lighter designs. The Venue 7 has an HD screen, while the Venue 8 has a full HD display. Both are viewable outdoors and from wide angles. They have Waves MAXXAudio Pro sound and run the Android 4.4 Kit Kat version. The Venue 7 has the Intel Atom Z3460, while the Venue 8 uses the Intel Atom Z3480. Both of those processors are based on Intel’s Merrifield family of chips.
The backs of the devices have easy-grip surfaces, and both are available in red or black. The surfaces are good at hiding smudge marks, Guttell said. The devices come with interesting accessories such as a tablet cradle, new cases, Bluetooth speakers, and docks (which can extend the battery life a lot). The Venue 7 will sell for $160, and the Venue 8 will sell for $200. Both are available July 1.
Guttell said that parents trust Dell for back-to-school computers, but kids have about 70 percent of the say in deciding what machine to buy. So the machines have to have features and advertising that appeal to parents as well as social features that appeal to students.
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series and Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 models are aimed at delivering full PCs and built-in tablets at affordable prices. The screens can be rotated 360 degrees so that you can view the devices as laptops or as tablets. The Inspiron 11 3000 Series has an 11-inch full HD touchscreen display. It has a 500-gigabyte hard drive, 8 hours and 18 minutes of battery life, and Waves MAXXAudio sound. The 13-inch has similar features. The 3000 uses Intel Pentium quad-core processors, and the 7000 uses Intel fourth-generation Core processors. The laptops come with a free 20-gigabyte Dropbox storage account.
The Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 will be available June 19 on Dell.com at $450. The Inspiration 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 will be available in September. The price hasn’t been disclosed yet.
Dell is also showing its Inspiron 20 3000 Series all-in-one desktop that is small enough to move easily around the house. It has a 19.5-inch diagonal HD display, and it uses an Intel Pentium quad-core processor (Bay Trail). It has an adjustable A-frame stand with multiple viewing options. You can lay it down flat if you want. It has Waves MAXXAudio and an integrated sub-woofer. The Inspiron 20 3000 Series will be available July 1 on Dell.com in the U.S. at $350.
Lastly, Dell is introducing 27-inch, 23-inch, and 21.5-inch Dell UltraSharp Multimedia Monitors for those who like borderless styles and wide viewing angles for collaboration. The monitors offer full HD screen resolution, customized views, and a 2.0 megapixel full HD webcam. The viewing angle is 178 degrees. The monitors are available on June 3 on Dell.com at $450 (UZ2715H), $300 (UZ2315H), and $270 (UZ2215H).