A month back, the plan of making the company private had received the approval of the stockholders of Dell. Now, the company has just unveiled its new line of tablet computers and laptops at a press event held today. The New Windows 8 convertibles and Ultrabooks were definitely holding the major share of the spotlight, but very much like its rival HP, Dell is ready to enter the fray of Android OS again. For this purpose, the company has revived its Venue Tablets brand and introduced the Venue 7 and Venue 8 as its latest tablets that are based on Android. These tablets will be entering a market that has become highly saturated, especially at the lower end of the pool.
However, they might be able to stand out because they do boast some notable features. Nothing remarkable can be seen in Venue 7 and Venue 8 from an outward glance. The all plastic design doesn’t do much to impress even if the soft touch finish feel and rounded edges look good in the hand. The two tablets have almost the same thickness and are quite well-built. The 7-inch version of the tablet is about 9.6mm thick while the 8-inch model comes about 9.8mm. The same IPS displays of 1280×800 pixel resolution are sported by both the tablets.
The display may look good, but it definitely would hold no torch when compared with the full HD displays that can be seen in the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7. The choice of the processor is the most prominent and notable feature of both the tablets. Rather than going for a typical route that included ARM system-on-a-chip, Dell opted to go for Intel Atom processors. This includes a 1.6GHz dual-core chip for the 7-inch version while the 8-incher has a dual core 2GHZ chip. 2GB RAM has been provided to both models and they will have 16 and 32GB options.
The last Android tablet that had been based on the Intel Chip had been the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, but it hadn’t done much in terms of performance. Therefore, it is yet to be determined if these tablets can truly provide spectacular performance. As per the reports, the tablets will be running on the 4.2.2 version of Android. However, there was no mention of making any updates to 4.3 or even the new and upcoming version 4.4 called Kitkat. Some features that eventually round off these tablets include microSD card slots, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro SIM slot for mobile connectivity, GPS and dual-band Wi-Fi.
An optional accessory offered by Dell is the Wireless Display Adapter of Netgear that uses the Wireless display standard of Intel as compared to that of Miracast standard, which is commonly used by some recent Android devices. A price of $149 and $179 will be charged for the Venue 7 and the Venue 8 respectively, which makes them part of the budget-friendly and crowded Android market. Although exact dates have not been announced, the tablets will be introduced sometime in the fall.