Dell not giving up on Android, releases two low cost tablets


Dell has been in the PC market space for a long while and is an established brand when it comes to those. Dell laptops and desktop computers are well known and are a household name. Tablets? Not so much. Android tablets? Never been there. Now they’re there. With the Dell Venue 7 and the Dell Venue 8, Dell is joining the race to win over the millions of people who are interested in getting an Android tablet. While the Android tablet market is not as pronounced as the phone market is, it has the greatest potential to grow and is far from being saturated like the smartphone market is. Will Dell really manage? We can’t be sure as of now but they have already made the baby steps with the two low cost tablets. The Dell Venue 7 and 8 are expected to set you back some $150 and $180 respectively. That’s quite a bargain and if they can manage to get them all over the world without the price veering off the low cost road as is the case with the Nexus 7 then we could be staring at something really huge. HP has already joined that route with the fairly priced Slate 7 while traditional Android tablet makers like Samsung and Asus continue to dominate with their various offerings.

Both tablets run on Android 4.2.2 and Dell is promising a KitKat upgrade when Android 4.4 is available. They also have the same 1,280-by-800 IPS panel and are powered by Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processors. The Clover Trail chips vary a bit with the Venue 7 packing a dual-core Z2560 chip  clocked at 1.6 GHz while the sligltly larger Venue 8 has a dual-core Z2580 chip clocked at 2 GHz. of course as you can notice from the names the Venue 7 is a 7 incher while the Venue 8 shares the form factor of the iPad Mini and the Galaxy Note 8. Both devices have 16 GB internal storage with a 32 GB version of the Venue 8 said to be in the works and to be available later at an undisclosed price.

The Dell Venue 7 has a 3 megapixel camera at the back and a WGA one on the front while the Venue 8 has a 5 megapixel main camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing shooter.


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