As ultrabooks and tablets have become commonplace, removable batteries have become something of a rarity. Not all manufacturers are locking their batteries up, though. As Liliputing reports, Dell's new Venue 11 Pro tablet lets you swap out its 32Wh slab with (relative) ease:
Okay, so this isn't something you'd want to do every day. Liliputing says putting the rear cover back on takes "a bit of finesse." Still, having the option is a good thing, especially on a Windows system that can be used for serious productivity work.
The Venue 11 Pro certainly has potential as a productivity machine. It's got a 10.8" IPS screen with a 1920x1080 resolution, and the most affordable variant of it (priced at $499.99) includes a quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, dual cameras, and Windows 8.1. Dell cites a thickness of 0.4", a weight of 1.57 lbs, and a battery run time of 8-10 hours for the device. This isn't the thinnest or lightest tablet around, but keep in mind it does have a larger display than the iPad's.
Bay Trail not enough for you? Higher-end models of the Venue 11 Pro are available with Haswell-based Core i3 and Core i5 processors—and 128GB solid-state drives. Dell charges $799.99 for the Core i3 version and $849.99 for the Core i5 flagship, both of which come with 128GB SSDs. Haswell is no doubt a fair bit quicker than Bay Trail in this system, though I expect only the Bay Trail model can hit the high end of that 8-10 hour battery life range.
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