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Dell attempts to free people from multiple devices

Hardware maker releases a slew of Windows 8 tablets and PCs

Dell is making the bold statement that, with its latest line of Windows 8 products, it will free customers from carrying multiple devices.

Dell has made available the XPS 10 tablet, Latitude 10 tablet, Latitude 6430u Notebook, OptiPlex 9010 all-in-one with touch and the Inspiron 15z. These new systems join the XPS 12 convertible, XPS One 27 all-in-one with touch and Inspiron One 23 all-in-one with touch which were announced last week.

For example, the XPS 10 is designed for mobile professionals to offer a tablet experience for on-the-go content creation and consumption. It is positioned as a laptop-like productivity device in a tablet. What Dell is attempting here is to enable users to fluidly transition from work projects to their personal pursuits. Dell said, in a statement, it understands that time is precious; the HD multi-touch display with split screen capability is ideal for multitasking, while an optional mobile keyboard dock features a full-sized keyboard, touchpad, ports, stereo speakers and an extra battery for maximum productivity and collaboration. The XPS 10 is powered by Microsoft Windows RT and dual-core ARM architecture.

Sam Burd, vice president and GM of Dell’s Personal Computer Product Group, said the combination of new Dell hardware and Microsoft software will allow customers to create and consume content in new and exciting ways. We’re unveiling a comprehensive refresh of all our consumer and commercial products to take advantage of Windows 8. These stylish new products include clean and intuitive touch experiences, the security and manageability required by IT departments, and features to allow anytime, anywhere access to data and applications.

The Round Rock, Tex.-based company also said it wants to make the enterprise cool. How will Dell do this?

The answer comes in the form of the new Latitude 6430u product, Dell’s first business ultrabook. With this product, Dell wants to help users create a balance between aesthetic and corporate needs with the combination of a thin, highly-mobile form factor design and the security, manageability and durability for the marketplace. Dell said that the Latitude 6430u is more manageable notebook for channel partners and internal IT departments. The product was build with United States’ Military’s MIL-STD 810G standard tests. The Latitude 6430u will also offer a wireless docking based on WiGig technology, which allows devices to communicate wirelessly at multi-gigabit speeds for data, video, and audio. It has 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Dell also released the 23-inch OptiPlex 9010 all-in-one specifically for users with productivity and workplace space challenges. The business-class all-in-one offers options for a multipoint touchscreen, fixed or rotating camera and an articulating stand and is optimized for Microsoft Lync to enhance the user’s work experience with Windows 8.

The following systems are priced at XPS One 27 starts at $1599.99, XPS13 starts at $999.99, the S2340T multi-touch monitor starts at $699.99, the TP713 wireless touchpad starts at $69.99, the XPS 12 starts at at $1,199.99, the XPS 10 tablet is priced at $499, the Latitude 10 tablet is $749, while the Latitude 6430u starts at $999, the OptiPlex 9010 starts at $1,299, and the Inspiron 15z is $699.99 ($899.99 with touch).