By Stephen Schenck | November 7, 2013 4:10 PM
Back at the start of October, Dell unveiled a set of four new tablets. The Android models didn’t instill us with a whole lot of desire, but the manufacturer’s pair of new Windows 8.1 tablets – and full-blown, not RT, mind you – really struck a chord with us. Those were the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro, and we brought you an early hands-on to introduce you to them. Now, we already saw orders for most of these guys open last month, but the Venue 11 Pro’s fate was a little up in the air; we knew to expect it sometime in November, but when? It looks like today’s the day, and Dell has now opened orders for the Venue 11 Pro in a number of different hardware configurations.
The base V11P runs a quad-core Bay Trail Atom at 2.4GHz, has 2GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and sells for about $500. Moving up from there, Dell offers a V11P with a 1.5GHz dual-core Core i3, 128GB storage, and 4GB RAM for $800, or with an i5 for $850 – both of those run 64-bit Windows. All three configurations have 10.8-inch 1080p displays.
The cheapest option, especially, has a chance to find itself some decent sales, as it comes off as a more capable alternative to RT tablets like the Surface 2 or Lumia 2520. Still, things get expensive quick, and adding a keyboard cover will set you back $130-$160, and then another $35 for an active stylus.
All three Venue 11 Pro builds should start shipping in early December.