Hello from Las Vegas. Like I mentioned in my CES 2011 preview post, Dell held a press conference today the Palms to unveil several new products that focused on three key areas: Mobile Technology, Entertainment and Gaming. Our execs were on hand to discuss trends we’re seeing in our consumer business, what customers are telling us is important to them, and of course, to shed light on some new products from Dell.
No question that people expect the devices they carry with them on the road or through the house to always be connected, and they expect them to be more powerful so they can enjoy a great movie playback experience as as easily as they can send e-mails or tweets. That kind of insight is what’s driving our thinking around all the new products we’re bringing to customers in 2011.
Now, more than ever, people are using all kinds of devices for entertainment: listening to music, sharing photos or watching movies. And while that’s a good thing, it can create problems. How many devices hold pieces of your digital music or photo collection? How about watching a movie on different devices? Today, it’s possible, but in a lot of cases you have to work at it. That’s where Dell’s Stage software comes in. Stage uses a simple tile-based interface that Dell's been shipping on some of our touch-capable products like the Inspiron One, the Inspiron duo and the Dell Streak.
At CES, Michael Tatelman illustrated how we’re soon be including Stage on more of our products, including all the new XPS laptops, the Zino HD and several of the products we're introducing today. That expansion translates into a consistent and intuitive experience across a range of products. But later this year, the real benefit comes from being able to synch photos, video and music across a range of Stage-equipped devices. Also, later this year, we plan to include Intel's Insider application in VideoStage which will allow users to easily purchase SD and HD movies through RoxioNow. The other cool part that's coming is that Dell Stage will enable Dell mobile devices to remotely control devices on the network, so people can access the entertainment and stream it to other Stage-enabled devices like the Zino HD in the living room with a simple flick. I’ll be blogging more about Dell Stage in future Direct2Dell posts.
Speaking of Dell Stage, here's a video that shows off some of what it's capable of:
But what about hardware? Lots of cool stuff on that front, starting with new mobile products like the Streak 7 tablet and the Venue smartphone. Streak 7 is our new WVGA 7” tablet that’s been built from the ground up to take advantage of T-Mobile’s blazingly-fast 4G network. The Venue is our new smartphone powered by Google’s Android 2.2 software. It features a striking 4.1” AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and Gorilla Glass makes it durable.
Here's a video of Streak 7's capabilities as well:
Beyond Stage and the new mobile products, Dell also unveiled several new desktops and laptops that offer support for Intel’s newly-released Sandy Bridge processors. We’ll be blogging about many of these products in a whole lot more detail down the road. For now, I’ve summarized some of the key features of each:
Dell Streak 7
Dell Venue Smartphone:
The Venue smartphone has a lot to offer Android fans out there.
New XPS 17 Laptop:
Alienware M17 x rev 3:
New Alienware Aurora desktop:
This desktop, like several of the other new desktops and laptops we’re unveiling today will also support Intel’s next-generation i5 and i7 quad core Sandy Bridge processors. It also will feature Dell’s Stage user interface like many of our products will going forward. The XPS 8300 will be available beginning January 10 (that date will vary by region) for a starting price of $749.
I know this was a long post, but thought many of you would appreciate getting a good overview of the products we unveiled. We’ll be blogging about many of these products in more detail. I welcome your questions/ comments below.
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What no 14 or 15 inch xps systems with sandybridge in them"? Looks like i will be going apple or hp for my laptop purchase.
I wonder about xps 15 / sandy bridge as well ... I'll definitely be getting sandy bridge in a 15" laptop for my next laptop, if dell doesn't offer that, I guess it won't be a dell.
how about 2.2 for my Dell Streak?!?!?
Rumor is the XPS 15 (if not 14) refresh won't come out until February, when Intel releases the Dual-core versions of Sandy Bridge. Kind of sucks though.
Wow! Wish I waited a few months so that I could have purchased an XPS17 with the new i7 Sandy Bridge and WIDI. Oh well............that is how things go BUT: I love my XPS17, and most aspects and features of this unit.
Thank you so much for keeping us updated on Dell events at CES! Have a great time while there and safe trip overall!
I am a bit concerned about the 1920x1080 short screen resolution for 17 inch systems. Isn't this a step back?
I hope the CES people ordered their Dell Venue Pro back on Dec 1 or it probably won't arrive until March....
Nice to see that Dell unleashed some new and promising products. However, I would like to ask on the availability of the Dell Venue Pro in Hong Kong. Dell Venue is already here so why can't the Venue Pro be here as well? I'm really eager to get the Dell Venue Pro.
@majortom and surt: regarding Sandy Bridge on other Alienware laptops, you might want to wait a little bit.
IS it because of the rumoured intel nda? Some sites have reported that intel still has an nda on some of the sandy bridge stuff till monday or tuesday.
maybe the non disclosure agreement prevents them from talking about the non disclosure agreement too
So Dell reveals the Streak 7 before resolving issues with the Dell Streak. If 2.2 isnt out and Ive had ample time to evaluate by 1/28/11, this baby goes back to Best Buy.& I. go crawling back to Apple begging for forgveness for abandoning them.
It looks like Dell has already forgotten the customers of Dell Streak and Dell Venue Pro, with no announcements whatsoever to fix or update them.
How can anyone trust them for their next mobile phone?
Hi Lionel -- can you deny the rumours that Dell will kill (or has done so already) the Streak-5 form factor?
@J.M.S: I can't comment on speculation on unannounced products, but we continue to sell the Streak 5 and will continue to do so...