Dell returns to the Android game with Venue 7 and Venue 8 budget tablets

by: Andrew GrushOctober 2, 2013


Dell took the cover off of several new tablets today, but it’s the Dell Venue 7 and 8 that stand out the most. Why? Because they are the first Android-powered Dell tablets since the Streak 7!

Similar to how HP first entered into the Android game with a budget device, Dell hopes that with this return to Android, they will be able to win the hearts of the budget conscientious crowd with its $149 7-inch tablet and $189 8-inch tablet.

The twist to this story is that Dell’s tablets aren’t rocking low-end ARM processors, but instead feature last-gen 2GHz Intel Atom Clover Trail Plus CPUs. Both models are very similar with 2GB of RAM, an estimated 10 hour battery life, 16GB storage, microSD and an IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Both tablets will also eventually offer LTE variants and come in either black or red.

As for the OS, the tablets will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2, but the company claims they plan to bring out Android 4.4 KitKat as soon they can. We wouldn’t recommend holding your breath, though.

So how do the two models differ? The most obvious difference is the display size, but the Venue 8 (pictured above) also has an 5MP back cam and 2MP front cam, versus the Venue 7’s 3MP back cam and VGA front cam. The only other difference is that the Venue 8 will also offer a 32GB version – though pricing has yet to be revealed for the 32GB model.

The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are expected to ship on October 18th, at least in 16GB WiFi-only form. So what do you think, impressed by Dell’s new Android tablets or not?

  • Scott Niemczyk

    Wonder what their user interface is like. The price is right otherwise

  • APai

    8inch tablets hit the sweet spot. and the build also looks nice. I hope it’s good overall. dell can use it’s vast network to market it effectively

  • They are supposedly tying this into their Pocket Cloud service, which they SAY will let you bring photoshop to the tablet (virtually, of course). Who knows how much that costs, of course. I do wonder what the UI looks like, but with the promise of the Intel Atom inside, it’s going to probably be a pretty quick device. Even the mid-range resolution has the upside of being a pretty smooth device.

    • Anders CT

      Who would want a heavy desktop application, optimized for keyboard and mouse, running virtually on a 7 inch clover-trail tablet? I need that like I need the bubonic plague.

      But the good thing is that it looks like 4.4 will be Intel ready, and that the major PC-players are behind Android

  • NateCress

    These options look pretty great. Great brand, quality and design look great, mentioning 4.4 sounds promising, and the price is fantastic.

  • I will sure consider these now that I want a new tablet. The price is right I wonder how is the performance, would love to see a hands on video.

  • Ruz

    Thats a good news Dell but what we want is tablet with voice calling.. Hope we can get one cheaper tablet with voice calling which is branded

  • Jacob

    Welcome back, Dell.

  • Q.

    Design looks nice but I really don’t see any other reason to buy this.

  • john

    Why is it so difficult to find a good affordable Bay Trail device?

  • Valtheus

    the more, the merrier…

  • hackmike

    finally Dell really mean business. I can’t wait to get my hand on it. I always love Intel processor.

  • Now only if Nokia went to Android…

    • PolarBear

      How about Newkia?

  • tendoboy1984

    So HP goes with Nvidia Tegra, while Dell goes with Intel Atom. Which device will have the smoothest performance?

    Will Dell and HP be able to compete with heavyweights Asus and Samsung?

  • Abdel Aziz Farhi

    Good hardware. Not sure about the display quality though.

  • tendoboy1984

    Very impressive specs for the price. Come on Samsung, step it up!