After seeing Dell turn its backs on the smartphone market last year, the company’s been repositioning its mobile efforts to focus on tablets, instead. Right at the end of August, we heard that the company might have a couple new Windows-based models launching before the end of the year, including both an 8-inch and 10.6-inch device. Sure enough, today Dell comes through with the announcement of not just those two models, but a pair of Android tablets, as well.
On the Windows side, we have the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro (above). Dell’s distaste for Windows RT shows through here, as both models will run full-on Windows 8.1. The Venue 8 Pro has an eight-inch 1280 x 800 display, 32GB or 64GB storage options (with microSD expansion), runs a Bay Trail Atom, measures 9mm thick, and weighs 0.87 pounds. It should offer cellular connectivity, and prices will start at just $300.
The Venue 11 Pro is a little more capable, with options for Atom or Core i3/i5 Haswell chips, a 10.8-inch 1080p display, and 2GB of RAM (with up to 8GB available). Again, storage starts at 32GB (going up to 256GB), and this tablet measures 10mm thick and weighs 1.57 pounds. All those options complicate pricing, but the base Venue 11 Pro will go for just about $500. Separate accessories include a Touch Cover-like keyboard, as well a docking station.
In a naming scheme only waiting to confuse customers, Dell’s new Androids are the Venue 8 (“Pro” apparently means “Windows?”) and Venue 7. Both have 1280 x 800 displays, Clover Trail Plus Atom SoCs, and 2GB of RAM. They’ll ship with Android 4.2.2, but Dell says that updates to 4.3 and KitKat are coming. While neither sounds very high-end, the prices are pretty reasonable, at around $150 and $180 for the 7-inch and 8-inch versions (below), respectively.
Orders for the three smaller tablets open on October 18, while the Venue 11 Pro will arrive sometime in November.