Dell World is on right now in Austin, and today Dell announced a refresh of the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet. The 7000 Series is a more expensive, more powerful version of their tablet, and until now has been sold with the Haswell Y series processors. The major change with the newest version of the tablet is that it will be equipped with a Broadwell Core-M processor, which enables it to become fanless.

The 7000 Series is aimed more at the business crowd, with additional features such as optional docking stations, keyboards, stylus, and two-factor authentication with integrated smartcard and fingerprint readers. With the tablet running Core processors instead of Atom, the price is also aimed higher than many other tablets, with a price closer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It does undercut the Microsoft tablet on price though, with a starting price of $699.99.

Dell Venue Pro 7000 Series
  Specifications
CPU Intel Core-M 5Y10a/5Y70
(Dual-Core 0.8-2.0 GHz/1.1-2.6 GHz)
GPU Intel HD 5300
RAM 4-8 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
SSD 64 to 128 GB
Display 10.8" 1920x1080 HD IPS LCD
Battery 38 Whr
Connectivity Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (802.11ac/BT4.0/NFC)
Optional Intel XMM 7160 LTE Modem
Height 176.4 mm
Width 279.8 mm
Depth 10.75 mm
Weight 733.4g (Wi-Fi) 757.3g (LTE)
Price $699 Starting

One of the most important parts of a tablet is likely the display, and the Venue Pro 11 7000 Series seems to keep the same 10.8” IPS (the press release says IPS while the tech specs say TN – most likely it is IPS) display from the previous version. Though not the highest resolution tablet display, it still has Full HD resolution which gives it right around 200 pixels per inch. The touch screen has 10-point capacitive touch, and likely has support for the same active stylus option as the previous version.

Powering the new fanless design is the Intel Core-M 5Y10a, with the 5Y70 possibly being offered at a later date. These are both dual-core designs, which also have hyper-threading enabled. Graphics are handled by the integrated Intel HD 5300 GPU. Also included in the package is vPro with the 5Y70, which should help sell the new tablet in the enterprise. Memory options are 4 or 8 GB of LPDDR3-1600, and connectivity is provided by the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 chip. This is newer, smaller version of the Wireless-AC 7260 card which is available in the M.2 form factor only. Also available is the Intel XMM 7160 modem which supports 2G/3G/LTE. Storage is either a 64 or 128 GB SSD, and the battery is a 38 Whr model which Dell says should get through the work day – whatever that means.

Other miscellaneous features include a full size USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI, NFC, a Sensor Hub (Gyro, G-sensor, Proximity), and a microSD slot which can accept up to 128 GB of extra storage.

The new model is 15 percent thinner than the outgoing version, which is expected with the move to Core-M. Intel did a lot of work to allow these thinner models, and not just the 4.5 watt TDP. If you have missed our previous coverage on this, I will refer you to Ryan’s Broadwell preview.

As this is marketed as a business machine, a lot of the design and focus was on accessories. Dell once again offers a multitude of accessories to allow this design to bridge the gap between a tablet and a PC in the office, with an optional docking station, as well as a snap on keyboard which transforms the tablet into a clamshell laptop. If you need extra battery life, they also have a Mobility Keyboard option which includes a supplemental battery. To specifically target the Healthcare industry, they even have a Healthcare Case which can be fully sanitized. Dell is even offering a Mobile Payment Solution with a 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader for retail and hospitality customers.

Core-M is just now starting to roll out, and it is great to see the number of new fanless devices which are hitting the market. At just 1.62 lbs, it is a bit heavier than an iPad Air 2, but with the power of a Core CPU. The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series will be available for purchase on www.dell.com beginning November 11th.

Source: Dell

 

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  • vectorm12 - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    It's just as much about being able to run Windows native on the tablet without having to resort to remote desktop or developing custom software for iOS.

    There are a lot of scenarios where an iPad simply won't be practical but a bulkier Windows tablet would be. I'm currently running a trial with AutoCad on the previous version and results so far are promising. Engineers love the fact that they can pull up a blueprint while being on site with a customer and make changes in realtime while keeping all their addons and so forth. Granted, real work is still done on workstations but for quick edits they seem to be quite useful.
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  • Wolfpup - Monday, November 10, 2014 - link

    That's just 0.16Lbs heavier than an iPad 3/4, which is nothing, and you're getting not just x86, but Intel's full blown x86 cores.

    There will be lighter ones, but this has a full USB port, etc.
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  • duggukk - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    Will it have a Stylus like the Surface pro 3 ? and can we use it for working rigorously on Photoshop & Illustrator .. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    The previous generation model offered a stylus as an optional accessory. None of the current model previews have mentioned it; which isn't a promising sign. It could just be lack of interest on the reviewer/marketing sample provider though. Reply
  • bobbozzo - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    A stylus is listed under 'Accessories" at
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-11-pro-7000-71...
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.a...
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  • azazel1024 - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    It looks very interesting, but just out of my price range. I am a bit more interested in a thinner and lighter version with Airmont on board and 4GB of LPDDR3 in it. Hopefully with dock included that is something that can tickle $499-549.

    In some ways I think I am spoiled by the bargin that is my T100...I'd just like a bit more CPU/GPU power, a little bit nicer build quality and 4GB of RAM.
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  • DanNeely - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    I don't know if I'll buy one; after upgrading my desktop my computer budget is going to be rather drained, and Skylake might be out before I'm upto another big buy. My replacement for my (old atom powered) Envy x2 will probably be either based on Broadwell Y or it's Skylake equivalent. Now that the battery life is competitive with Atom, I'd rather have the extra CPU/GPU power available when needed. Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    When are these guys going to stop gouging the hell out of people with these outrageous cpu prices. If an atom tablet costs $X to make, then a Core M tablet should cost $X plus $100. So why the hell are there all these $300 atom tablets yet you switch the cpu to a core M and all the sudden its $700 wtf. I'm not stupid. I can do basic math. You cant say this isnt a total rip off. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    Mostly, talk to Intel. They charge ~$250 more for broadwell-M than they do for atom (non-atom LV/ULV processors have always been a premium category). Storage is probably an extra $50ish on top of that; most of the atom ones have eMMC which is much slower than a normal SSD. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, November 06, 2014 - link

    Beyond that, look at build quality. The lower end atom tablet/netbooks are mostly plastic and feel cheap. Add a solid metal chassis, better screen, etc and you're up to more like $500. Reply

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