Dell's Venue Android and Windows 8.1 tablets, updated XPS 15 laptops now available

Summary:The Android-based Venue 7 starts at $149.99, while the Venue 8 Pro running Windows 8.1 is priced from $299.99.

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Dell introduced the latest updates to its portable portfolio a couple of weeks ago , and now the company has announced that many of them are ready to order on its website. 

For those in the market for a new tablet, the resurrected Venue line (once the name for a Dell smartphone) that is currently available includes the Android-based Venue 7 and 8 and the Venue 8 Pro, which runs the new Windows 8.1 and will feature Intel's quad-core Bay Trail Atom processor. As shown above, you can also purchase a stylus for the Venue 8 Pro, which is a $34.99 option.

The Venue 7 costs $149.99 for 16GB, while you'll pay an extra $30 for the additional inch of display with the Venue 8. You can also get a 32GB version of the Venue 8 for $199.99.

The Venue 8 Pro starts at $299.99, which seems to be the lowest price for the slew of new 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets about to hit the market.

The Venue 11 Pro is slated for release next month.

That's also true for the XPS 11 and updated XPS 13, but the XPS 15 refresh is available now. (Here is the product page, as it's currently tricky to find on the Dell site.) Keeping the MacBook Pro squarely in its sights, the new XPS 15 offers Intel Haswell processors and runs Windows 8.1, but its big selling point is the super-high-res 3,200 x 1,800 15.6-inch touchscreen.

Of course, you'll pay for the extra pixels. The base XPS 15 is $1,499.99, but its display is a "mere" 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. You'll need to pay $400 more for a configuration with the Quad HD+ display. For $400 more than that ($2,299.99), you get a 512GB solid-state drive.

You can learn more about these new Dell systems' specs from my ZDNet colleague John Morris . Will you be purchasing one of the new Venue tablets or the XPS 15? Let us know in the comments below.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Dell, Laptops, Mobility, Windows

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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