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It's an Android tablet, but nice
Dell hasn’t always been known to make the most lust-worthy devices, but the company has struck design gold with a couple of the new devices they’ve brought with them to CES this year. Introducing the XPS 13 laptop – an ultra-thin, ultra-portable, ultrabook with an optional super high resolution display, an aluminum body with just a touch of carbon fiber, and practically no bezels. Okay, there’s a little bezel, but we’re talking one tiny bezel here.
Spec wise, we’re looking at all options coming equipped with a next-generation Intel Core processor, which the company just announced at CES this week. There’s a model with a 1080p display that starts at a cool $800, while higher end model with the 4K display will cost you a more hefty $2,349. The lesser model went on sale today, while the 4K model ships soon.
Next up is the Venue 8 7000 tablet, an Android 5.0 tablet that has more than few tricks up its sleeves. For one thing, it is gorgeous, with an amazing aluminum body, and OLED (yes – OLED, like the ones found in LG’s new TVs) 8-inch display with an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution. But what makes the Venue really special is its camera set up. Intel’s new RealSense technology is on board, marking the first tablet – and one of the first devices – to have the new, motion and depth tracking technology with Kinect-like utility.
The Venue 8 7000 starts at a very reasonable $400 and is also available in a higher end LTE model. If that perks your ears up, you can head on over to Dell’s website and get yours now.
Sooner rather than later
We knew Valve’s Steam Machine console initiative would be launching sometime this year, and now we have our first official word on when we might be seeing one – according to Dave Oshry and confirmed by Dell themselves, the company is targeting a September release date for their Alienware Steam Machine console, which was first revealed at CES last week. The console will go head to head against both other Steam Machine hardware as well as the current crop of “next” generation consoles – the Nintendo Wii U, the Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that we won’t be seeing other consoles even earlier than September – Valve is actively ironing out the bugs and improving stability and support for their Steam OS platform, which all Steam Machines will run. The real question is whether any of this will actually be at all useful come launch time – with virtually no developer support formally announced as of yet, Steam Machines could very well launch as a platform with nothing to do on it but play Portal 2 for the thirtieth time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
All the money given back to the shareholders
Michael Dell has finally swallowed his own words and done what he suggested Apple do back in the 90s – he’s given all the money back to the shareholders. At long last, completing a roughly year long process, Dell has officially gone private and is now in the hands of Michael Dell and his trusty partners in this venture, Silver Lake Partners.
The deal, which was valued at an estimated $24.9 billion, comes as either a huge win or a huge loss for Dell and the PC industry as a whole, depending on who you talk to and what your opinion is of Mr. Dell’s ability to pick up the PC company that used to be considered top dog. We all know Dell has gone down the tubes these past couple of years – and we also know that Windows 8, which Microsoft hoped would solve the problem, has only made it worse – but can Mr. Dell turn the fortunes of what essentially amounts to an entire industry around? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Michael Dell, you’ve been given the keys to this 1999 Honda Civic – now let’s see you turn that into an Acura.
$25 billion transacation
The jury is out, and the verdict is… Dell is going private. That’s right, the United States government has today approved Dell’s merger with Silver Lake Partners in a move that will see the once iconic PC manufacturer become a privatized entity.
The transaction, which is worth $25 billion, is expected to be completed by Q3 2014 – a little under a year from now. The move will see company founder Michael Dell take control of Dell with a 75% ownership stake, a move that the tech mongal hopes will see Dell begin to accelerate its state of innovation. Dell is expected to shift its focus away from the floundering consumer PC market and focus more on what have been commonly referred to as “post-PC” devices, such as the tablet, as well as enterprise devices.
Windows 8 has worsened the problem, not helped
The PC industry, as many are more than likely aware at this point, has had somewhat of a bumpy time these days. The problem is that people just aren’t buying that many PCs anymore. Sales of PCs for virtually every OEM – Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus, and even Apple’s Mac line of computers – has hit somewhat of a brick wall. Many, including the aforementioned OEMs (well, besides Apple) had hoped that Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system would be the cure to the problem. Unfortunately for everyone involved in this nastiness, research firm IDC has revealed their latest numbers on the matter revealing that 2013 has thus far been the worst year for the PC industry, with the sale of PCs significantly decreasing since last quarter by a whopping 13.9%. The market on the whole has decreased 12.7% on a year-to-year basis.
There are a few caveats. Tablet computers are making up more and more of the market, and the IDC does not include sales of tablet computers in their research. Now that tablets are the only form factor that has been selling with a positive slope quarter after quarter, we agree with The Verge in that IDC should probably begin factoring these computers into the mix. Apple’s iPad, Google’s Nexus line, Amazon’s Kindle line, and Samsung’s Galaxy line are all driving forces in the computing market today.
Can you blame them?
We’ve known for a while now that Michael Dell’s #1 proposed plan of action for the company going forward is to give the shareholders back their money and go private, but the infamous founder’s emergency plan has its share of opponents. To try to convince shareholders of the move, the company has on March 29th filed an explanation (or maybe it’s rather a plea) as to why this move makes the most sense for the company and what has led to this decision. Their top reasons? Well, decreasing revenue, of course – but they’re also putting the blame on Microsoft’s much maligned operating system, Windows 8.
Dell also cites post-PC devices such as Apple’s iPad, Android tablets, and smartphones as devices that have put a damper on the company’s PC business, and that consumers are going for competitors’ platforms, such as Mac OS X and Linux, in a larger number than ever before.
It’s a shame to see a company that was so large and powerful go so wrong. While the entire market has recently had problems, Dell in particular has been unable – or perhaps unwilling – to change with the times, forgoing the sorts of devices that consumers now prefer in favor for odd mish-mash concepts such their XPS Duo line of notebook/tablet hybrids. Microsoft isn’t making things any easier on OEMs with their line of Surface tablets, which has recently begun to pick up some steam when it comes to sales. Microsoft’s Surface Pro has reportedly already sold over 40,000 units, according to a Bloomberg report published this month.
Dell finally gives the shareholders their money back
After much speculation, Dell has finally confirmed via a press release issued today that the company will be going private. The deal is not without the help of Microsoft, who has offered to give a $2 billion loan to Dell, who has been and continues to be one of Microsoft’s largest partners in the sale of Windows-based PCs.
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, will continue to serve as CEO of the newly private Dell, only now he’ll have no pesky stockholders to answer to. Global technology investment firm Silver Lake will also be assisting in the transition. Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in compensation for every share of the company they hold.
As I’m sure many know by now,Windows 8 is right around the corner, and thus it’s the perfect time for OEMs to start running around and offering updated models with the new operating system. Microsoft was one of the first to begin pre-orders on a Windows 8 (well, Windows RT, but same product family) machine with their Microsoft Surface, and now today Dell has announced that you can pre-order a computer running Windows 8 as well.
Dell is offering the Inspiron 15R, Inspiron 17R, XPS 13 Ultrabook, XPS 12, XPS 15, Inspiron 15R Special Edition, Inspiron 17R Special Edition, XPS 14 Ultrabook, XPS 13 Ultrabook, and XPS 12 notebook computers for pre-order today. There are also some Windows 8-based traditional desktop computers available in a wide variety of price points.
This is it, folks. The time of Windows 7 is over, the time of Windows 8 has officially come.
Dell has today announced at IFA 2012 its new line of Windows 8 and Windows RT products, including a Windows RT tablet, a Windows 8 mobile device (more on that in a minute), and a Windows 8 based All-in-One desktop.
The first product we’ll look at is the company’s Windows RT device, the Dell XPS 10 – a ten inch device running Microsoft’s Windows 8 based ARM platform complete with – shocker – a 10″ screen, a Snapdragon processor, and a built in Micro USB port. The company is also boasting that the tablet will get a whopping 20-hours of life on a single battery charge, something that I’d personally have to see to believe. The Dell XPS 10 will also support an optional keyboard dock (sold separately, of course), which turns it into something reminiscent of a first-generation netbook.
Next up we’ve got the Dell XPS One 27, a 27″ All-in-One computer packed with a 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (upgradable to a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7), up to 16GB of RAM, the choice of either integrated graphics or an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M, up to 2TB of hard drive space, a multi-touch qHD display, and Windows 8 (presumably the “Core” edition). It’s nice, but fairly unexciting.
Finally, and most interestingly, we come to the XPS Duo 12, a Windows 8 based ultrabook/tablet hybrid, similar in nature to the Dell Inspiron Duo. It comes with a 12″ 1080p display, Windows 8 (not the ARM-based Windows RT), and the choice between a Core i5 and a Core i7. Specs are tight right now, but color me fairly impressed with the design – unlike the chunky Dell Inspiron Duo, the XPS Duo 12 seems to be rather thin and light looking. My only question is whether or not consumers will get any pleasure out of using something that’s too small to be an actual ultrabook and too large to be a truly portable tablet.
There’s one thing for certain – now is certainly an exciting time for mobile computing, with the new iPhone, 7″ iPad, Windows Phone 8 devices, Windows RT devices, and Windows 8 devices all making their way to the market in the coming months.
So let us know – will you be picking up one of these new generation mobile devices, or will you be sticking with what you have? Sound off in the comments!
Source: The Verge