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Dell Venue 10 Android 2-in-1 breaks cover

Earlier on, we told you about Dell’s upcoming Venue 8 7000 and the fact that as things stand, it might just be the thinnest tablet in the world. Well, we’ve also received word that, as desirable as the Venue 8 seems to be, Dell’s not pinning all its hopes on that one device. The company’s also is working on releasing a new 2-in-1 Android device – the Dell Venue 10.

Dell Venue 10 2-in-1 tablet PC
image via liliputing.com

Versatility and flexibility, 2-in-1 style

The company showed off the Venue 10 at the Intel Developer Forum, which was held this past week in San Francisco. Were you there? If so, you may have been lucky enough to see it for yourself.

In line with its 2-in-1 designation, this upcoming tablet is specifically designed to interface with a keyboard, but if you don’t need to type on one, you can detach the two very easily. Whether this tablet is going to be as slim as the Venue 8 or not is still up in the air – what appears to be evident, however, is that there’s a cylindrical section on one end, a la the Lenovo tablet lineup. In this application, as it’s used in the Venue 10, the extended battery might signify that this unit is intended for heavy-duty usage.

The Lenovo Yoga tablet range, however, has a built in kickstand, while Dell appears to be going in a different direction with its own lineup of tablets. If the Venue 10 will be anything like the Venue 8 – Dell sells a keyboard dock that can be attached to the tablet with a magnetic connector – Dell might not need a swing-out kickstand like the Lenovo units use. Then again, a closer look at the picture might indicate that the central cylinder swings out – so maybe this could be a kickstand after all. Only time will tell.

Perhaps the last item of interest is the screen aspect ratio. It’s a tad narrower than most other tablets today – it actually looks akin to the older Microsoft Surface units, and a far cry from the newer screens that debuted in the Surface Pro.

Price and availability… ?

Who knows? Seriously, not much is known just yet about the Dell Venue 10, including when we might see it in the sheet metal or how much it might cost when it does drop. You’ll just have to keep checking back with us.

source [Liliputing]

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Dell launching Venue 8 7000, the “world’s thinnest Android tablet”

OK, so it looks like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung might have to move over a little bit and make room on the tablet-market stage for Dell. The company’s announced its new Venue 8 7000, which it’s touting as the thinnest Android slate in the world – all of 6 mm thick!Dell Venue 8 7000 series Android tablet PC

Anorexia, thy name is…

The Venue 8 7000 is sized to go toe to toe with Apple’s iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab Pro. No pushovers those, not one – we can only assume that Dell knows this full well, and has thus worked to kit out its new small tablet accordingly. (Bring a knife to a gunfight and you really won’t get very far.)

Our source says that the Venue 8 7000 will sport a high resolution 8.4 inch OLED display – a 2560 x 1600 pixel one – and according to the press pictures, it seems to be an edge to edge one – minimal bezels here, thankfully a far cry from many other slates. But that’s far from all, as Dell is also touting the fact that its upcoming slate will be one of the first to ship with the Intel RealSense platform. In a nutshell, this platform will consist of a 3D camera and special Intel software, which will enable 3D gesture based input akin to, say, a Leap Motion or Microsoft Kinect controller. Really quite intriguing (despite the possibly massive impact on battery life).

No word yet on what version of Android the Venue 8 7000 will be running, but it’ll be quite a bit of a disappointment for Dell not to have put in “Android L” when the slate finally does launch – most especially since, rumor has it, that the next version of Android might launch very soon.

Price and availability

According to our source, the Dell Venue 8 7000 should arrive just in time for the 2014 holiday season. Its price hasn’t been announced just yet, but hopefully it will be in line with the competition. Check back with us later, we’re sure updates should be coming in thick and fast as we approach its launch date!

source [Ubergizmo]

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Venue 11 Pro: Windows 8 tablet, starts at $499

According to reports, Dell’s upcoming Windows tablet, the Venue 11 Pro, may just give the Surface 2 a run for its money. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

 Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8 Tablet PC

Dell Venue 11 Pro: 2-in-1 Tablet-Notebook Hybrid

Dell is no stranger to the hybrid form factor, as evidenced by their XPS line. The 11 Pro works like your typical Dell hybrid: With the keyboard, you can use it as a small notebook, and without, you can happily use it as a standalone tablet PC. This model comes in a number of varieties, though the most basic model features a quad-core Intel Atom Z3770 Bay Trail processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. The higher end versions have Intel Pentium, Core i3, and Core i5 CPUs with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB SSD storage, so you can choose among those variants if you’re willing to fork up more cash.

All variants will however sport the same 10.8-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, USB 3.0 and microHDMI ports, a 2 MP camera up front and an 8 MP shooter at the rear, and a microSD card slot for additional memory. The Venue 11 Pro will feature a removable 30 Whr battery, though you can get a bigger 37 Whr one. You can swap batteries as well – a feature you’d surely appreciate if you’re frequently on the move.

You can choose from a variety of additional input devices, too: Active Stylus, Slim Keyboard, Mobile Keyboard, and Tablet Desktop Dock. The Active Stylus is basically an active digitizer that would let you draw, take notes, and doodle on your tablet, while the Slim Keyboard doubles as a screen cover. The Mobile Keyboard, on the other hand, comes with an extra battery so that would be nice if you have an irrational fear of running out of power at inopportune times. Lastly, the Desktop Dock offers additional USB 3.0 ports as well as display out ports.

Pricing and Availability

As mentioned, the Dell Venue 11 Pro will start at US $499 (for the most basic model). According to the press release, we can expect it to hit sometime in November, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for this one.

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Dell Venue 7 and 8: The Affordable Android Tablets

Personally, Dell is not really one of the brands I would associate with low-cost, entry level tablet PCs, but that is about to change with their new Android slates: the Venue 7 and 8. Yep, they are entering the budget tablet space, and this is not at all that surprising considering that everybody has gone there (with the exception of maybe Sony and Apple). Anyway, what can we expect from these upcoming Dell tablets?

Venue 7: $150 Android

As the name suggests, the smallest slate in Dell’s Venue line-up has a 7-inch IPS display, which can output a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, the tablet packs a dual core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, GPS, 2 cameras (a VGA camera up front and a 3 MP shooter at the back), a microUSB port, and a microSD card slot. The Dell Venue 7 will come in WiFi-only and 3G variants.

According to Dell’s announcement, this measures at 7.6 x 4.6 x 0.38 in and weighs 8.3 ounces.

Dell Venue 7 Android Tablet PC

Venue 8: Slightly Beefier, $180 Android

This Venue’s 8-inch IPS display has the same resolution as its little brother’s (1280 x 800), but it does have slightly better specs. It features a dual core 2.0 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail+ processor, 2 GB of RAM, and two storage options, 16 GB or 32 GB. It also features better shooters, with a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. The other features are pretty much the same: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 15.5 Whr battery, and microSD card slot. 

The 8 is also slightly bigger (of course) and heavier at 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.35 in and 10.3 ounces.

Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet PC

Out of the box, both devices will come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean baked in, and will come with optional HSPA+.

Both the Venue 7 and 8 offer very good value with prices starting at US $150 and $180, respectively. The specs don’t exactly compare to the Google Nexus 7 (2013) or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, but those aren’t entry level devices either. So yeah, if you’re looking for a cheap Android device with fairly decent specs for doing tablet-y things like browsing the net and watching videos, then you should take a closer look at these two once they hit the shelves in October 18.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro – The Low-Cost Windows 8.1 Tablet PC

Dell has revived its Venue family of tablet PC models, and one of them is a low-cost slate with Windows 8.1, the Dell Venue 8 Pro. According to reports, it will come with a Bay Trail processor and a US $300 price tag.

Interesting, is it not? Check out its specs sheet below.

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet PC

Dell Venue 8 Pro: Specs and Features

The specs on this puppy are not too stand-offish. Its 8-inch IPS display features a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (16:9 aspect ratio). The 8 Pro packs a quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740D Bay Trail processor, and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two internal storage options, 32 GB and 64 GB. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, TPM security, a microUSB port, 2 cameras (1.2 MP front facing and 5 MP rear), and a microSD card slot (expandable up to 64 GB).

As mentioned, this will come out of the box with Windows 8.1, with Office 2013 Home and Student conveniently bundled in. It also works with a wireless keyboard and comes with the optional Dell Active Stylus. As you may have probably guessed, the stylus should make taking notes, drawing, or doodling a whole lot easier. Looks-wise, the Venue 8 Pro is a pretty typical Windows tablet, and it measures at 8.5 x 5.1 x 0.35 inches and weighs in at about 14 ounces.

From the looks of things and judging from the press release from Dell, the Venue 8 Pro is geared toward enterprise users, like IT personnel and such.

Pricing and Availability

As mentioned, the Dell Venue 8 Pro will retail for US $300 and according to reports, it will hit the shelves on October 18. Would you want to buy one of these babies once they become available? It’s certainly tempting, especially since it will feature the full version of Windows 8.1 and since its price tag is quite affordable. It also has decent specs (at least on paper) as well.

We will have to wait for release to see how it performs in the real world and to see just how much value it offers. In the meantime, you can check out the other two members of the Venue tablet line, the 7 and 8. They’re Android tablet PCs you can get on the cheap.

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