PC maker Dell has just belatedly rejoined the tablet war by introducing four new low-priced tablets, running on Intel processors.
Dell Venue 7, which features a 7-inch display, and Dell Venue 8, which has an 8-inch screen, use Intel's Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processors, designed to conserve battery power.
With a price tag of $149.99, the Venue 7 is one of the most affordable tablets in the market, while the Venue 8 costs $179.99.
The 8-inch Venue 8 Pro costs $299.99 and the 11-inch Venue 11 Pro costs $499.99.
The Pro versions of the Dell tablets run on Windows 8.1 and Intel Atom quad-core processor, codenamed Bay Trail.
Intel developed the Clover Trail processors to compete against ARM-based processors by Qualcomm and Nvidia, the known supplier for almost all Android-based tablets. The latter are known for battery conservation.
In a New York City event on Wednesday to unbox the four tablets, Dell officials said the tech firm would not make refreshed models of Windows RT-based tablets, while it offered huge cuts on the price of its first-gen Dell XPS 10 to move units from store shelves.
Although the XPS 10 runs on ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon S 4 and Windows RT, the device was criticised for not running legacy Windows application like Windows 8 did.
The Venue 11 Pro tablet is actually a 2-in-1 device since it has the power of an ultrabook and a detachable keyboard for a desktop computer experience, plus a removable battery.
Besides the four tablets, Dell also unveiled the XPS 11 Pro laptop priced at $999.99, the $999.99 XPS 13 and $1,499.99 XPS 15.
Except for the Venue 11 Pro and XPS 15, all the new devices would be available on Dell's Web site on Oct 18, but the Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11 and updated XPS 13 with touchscreen capability will be available in November.
Dell actually launched the Streak 7 tablet in mid-2911 and the Streak 5, but both tablets failed to take off the market.
TechCrunch, which tried some of the new tablets, pointed out that there was a lack of sensitivity on some of the gadgets when poked and prodded, and occasionally, it took multiple attempts to bring up the App Launcher or return to the home screen successfully.