Earlier this month, Dell Inc announced that it would release two new tablets on October 18. The company has remained true to its word. The two new Venue devices were released on time. Both tablets are now officially available at the company’s online store.
Venue 7 and Venue 8 are now expected to begin shipping the ordered units on October 25. According to the PC maker, online orders would entitle each buyer to a markdown of about $150 for Venue 7 and around $180 for Venue 8. It is not clear when any or both tablets would be available through other retailers.
It could also be confusing to assert if the two Venue devices are the first by Dell to venture into tablets. The company’s Streak line of products, which were launched previously, could be considered as both smartphones and tablets. (Hence those could be phablets).
Both tablets operate on Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2) operating system. They are expected to upgrade to Android 4.3 in the near future. They come with 1,280 X 800 IPS display. The new members of the Venue line both contain an Intel Atom Clover Trail+processor.
The list of similarities could go on. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel camera in front of each of the tablets. In terms of connection, the two connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi or Wireless N. Connectivity could also be set through GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.
Some leakages in the past weeks have claimed that the two tablets support optional HSPA+modem. However, both Venue 7 and Venue 8 don’t mention anything about such connectivity. There is also no indication that buyers are given the option to add the feature.
As the name suggests, the tablets mainly differ in their display sizes. The Venue 7 logically comes with a 7-inch display, whereas the Venue 8 is an 8-inch device. The two also have slight differences in the processor used. The first running on dual-core Z2560 chip with a speed reaching up to 1.6 GHz, while the other running on dual-core Z2580 chip with a maximum speed of 2 GHz.
There are variations in upgradable memory through a micro SD card slot. Venue 7 comes just in 16GB of storage, while Venue 8 comes with an option for a smaller or larger capacity. However, both have 2GB of onboard memory.
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