After deep slumber, Dell has resurrected its Venue brand with announcing not just one, but four tablets. While the two of them are Android powered Venue 7 and Venue 8, Microsoft’s Windows platform also gets some love with the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets. Both the tablets run on Windows 8.1 OS. All the Venue tablets and XPS ultrabooks are preinstalled with Dell’s PocketCloud app allowing access to user’s across all devices.
Design wise, its very sleek with just 9mm thickness and weight of 395g. It’ll be available in Red and Black colors. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t have any Windows button at the front, something which is ubiquitous in all Windows tablets, it has been shifted to the side along with power and volume controls. The sides also has usual ports for headphone, microUSB port for charging and data transfer and microSD card (supporting up to 64 GB expansion). It also has an optional micro-SIM slot.
The tablet sports an 8” IPS display with HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, translating roughly to 189 ppi pixel density. This means that the screen will be be average and can’t be compared against the Full HD resolution of Nexus 7 tablet. Under the hood, it has an Intel Atom quad-core Z3740D processor with the clock speed of 1.8 GHz. The device has integrated graphics from Intel and a 2 GB DDR3 RAM. It comes in two storage variants of 32GB or 64 GB. For connectivity, it has Bluetooth 4.0, dual band Wi-Fi and 3G/ 4G LTE support. It has 5 MP camera at the back and 1.2 MP front-facing camera for video chatting purposes. The device is fueled by 2-cell battery of 4830 mAh.
In terms of accessories, users have choice ranging from Bluetooth keyboard, a cover doubling up as stand and a digitizer pen.
Dell’s Venue 11 Pro is more of a laptop, then a tablet, when coupled with right accessories. That’s why Dell is touting it as device offering 2-in-1 flexibility of an Ultrabook’s power and Tablet’s portability. The device comes in various variants powered by quad-core Intel Atom or even the latest generation dual-core Intel i3 and Intel i5 processors. Similarly, it has various RAM options between 2 to 8 GB and storage capacity of 32 GB to 256 GB with Solid state disk. The base model weighs 726 g with thickness of 10.2 mm.
It flaunts an IPS display of 10.8 inches bearing Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), resulting in pixel density of 204 ppi. It has an 8 MP main camera and 2 MP secondary camera for video calling. In connectivity department, it supports Bluetooth 4.0, dual band Wi-Fi, NFC and 3G/ 4G LTE network. The device is also great for multimedia usage thanks to its stereo speakers. It has a full size USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI port, headphone jack and micro-SD card slot. It’s provided juice by a 30WHr or 37WHr battery depending upon the configuration.
Apart from powerful configuration, it’s accessories are also an USP. With the help of keyboard, it can be used as a laptop, whereas desktop dock turns it into a proper desktop with two additional USB ports as well supports two displays.
The Venue 8 Pro will be available for purchase in USA and few countries starting 18th October for $299.99. Venue 11 Pro’s base model will be costing $499.99 and will be available for sale in November. Pricing of the accessories isn’t revealed yet.
There is no official information as when these tablets will be made available in India.
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