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Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet Now Available for Pre-Order

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The Dell Venue 8 Pro offers a quad-core Bay Trail Processor, 8-inch WXGA display and 2 GB of memory at a very competitive price point.

Dell is now accepting pre-orders for its Venue 8 Pro tablet which features a quad-core Intel Atom Z370D "Silvermont" processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, and 2 GB of single channel DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz RAM.

The tablet also includes a 1.2 MP front and a 5 MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0, a Dell Wireless 2x2 802.11n Wi-Fi Antenna, and is offered with either 32 GB or 64 GB of onboard storage. Since the device natively runs Windows 8.1 and it qualifies as a "small tablet," the Venue 8 Pro is bundled with a complimentary copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro is priced at $299.99 (32 GB) and $349.99 (64 GB) with pre-orders expected to ship on October 25, 2013 with the option of adding a Dell Active Stylus for $34.99.

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    teh_chem , October 23, 2013 6:30 AM
    I haven't used windows 8/8.1--but what's with all of these x86 tablets only coming with 2GB of RAM? ASUS announced their T100--also an 8.1 tablet with baytrail, and also 2GB of RAM. I know at around this price point, you're not going to get a ton of power, but man, the difference between 2GB and 4GB of RAM on modern systems is noticeable.
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    stevejnb , October 23, 2013 6:44 AM
    True Chem. I'm iffy on a full Windows 8 tablet with under 2gb of RAM - seems to be a guarantee for a system that chugs - but all of these tablets are in a price range where even Android tablets don't tend to have more than 2gb of RAM. One would hope they tailored the hardware to the software rather than the hardware to the price point, but I'm not sure that's the case.

    Ultimately, these will work, and you'll be able to perform a lot of less intensive functions with only mildly irritating slowdown, but people who want to use these types of tablets like they'd use a regular PC will find they experience problematic. Mobile oriented processor, limited RAM, low price, and you get what you pay for.
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    allenpan , October 23, 2013 6:53 AM
    32 bit atom, 2GB per channel, max they can go is 2GB+1GB, however, the additional 1B requires additional tracing and complicated the 4 layer pcb design , In other word, not cheap enough/profit enough
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    rwinches , October 23, 2013 7:05 AM
    If these Atom Windows Tabs wanted to differentiate from ARM units, dual channel memory would be a good start.
    At least have a slot to add memory to get to 4GB whether single or dual channel.
    An easily replaceable battery would be good too.
    I know the focus is on battery life, so the configurations get limited.
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    jarred125 , October 23, 2013 8:39 AM
    I had one on order, but I just canceled it. I have too much concern around the low amount of RAM as well. While the price is "great" .. I just don't see it filling a gap in my work flow even at that price.
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    itpro , October 23, 2013 9:03 AM
    I have one of the previous generation Asus models sitting on my desk, and have given several to my workers. The older models were dual core Atoms, also with 2 GB ram. My experience with these models is that they run very well. Win 8 is very efficient on lower level hardware, and the performance is quick and fluid. The newer generation models with a quad core processor should perform even better. Keep in mind that these are tablets. Unlike on a desktop, tablet users generally are not heavily multitasking, so 2 GB should be fine.
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    w8gaming , October 23, 2013 9:35 AM
    You don't need 4GB of RAM when the CPU is the "D" model which max memory is 2GB.
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    g-unit1111 , October 23, 2013 9:37 AM
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    I haven't used windows 8/8.1--but what's with all of these x86 tablets only coming with 2GB of RAM? ASUS announced their T100--also an 8.1 tablet with baytrail, and also 2GB of RAM. I know at around this price point, you're not going to get a ton of power, but man, the difference between 2GB and 4GB of RAM on modern systems is noticeable.


    These devices aren't meant to handle huge workloads. The Bay Trail processors are not meant for Photoshop and AutoCAD or even heavy duty game playing. They're meant more for basic tasks like movie watching, web browsing, and MS Office, which is why they have small amounts of RAM.
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    teh_chem , October 23, 2013 10:18 AM
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    I have one of the previous generation Asus models sitting on my desk, and have given several to my workers. The older models were dual core Atoms, also with 2 GB ram. My experience with these models is that they run very well. Win 8 is very efficient on lower level hardware, and the performance is quick and fluid. The newer generation models with a quad core processor should perform even better. Keep in mind that these are tablets. Unlike on a desktop, tablet users generally are not heavily multitasking, so 2 GB should be fine.

    I dunno...I kinda think that the argument "it's a tablet..." is a cop out if that tablet can run standard x86 desktop apps. In that case, it should be an x86 machine that can operate in tablet mode. No need to sacrifice multitasking IMO, but I also see the counter-argument of keeping costs down. It's just a shame when RAM is so cheap.
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    EdRyan , October 23, 2013 11:07 AM
    This is the size of a Kindle. It's one step up from a phablet. Just because you *can* run Photoshop does mean that you should. At this screen size and resolution the desktop is nearly impossible to navigate by touch. This is for running WinRT apps by touch and taking some notes. If that's not what you want to do, then this is the wrong device. You want one of the Haswell iCore tablets like the Surface Pro 2 or Sony Tap 11.
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    g-unit1111 , October 23, 2013 11:50 AM
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    This is the size of a Kindle. It's one step up from a phablet. Just because you *can* run Photoshop does mean that you should. At this screen size and resolution the desktop is nearly impossible to navigate by touch. This is for running WinRT apps by touch and taking some notes. If that's not what you want to do, then this is the wrong device. You want one of the Haswell iCore tablets like the Surface Pro 2 or Sony Tap 11.


    But this isn't Windows RT either - it's a real, full installation of Windows 8.1. I do agree that the Surface Pro is a better device, but it's also 3 times the price just for the entry level model.
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    back_by_demand , October 23, 2013 12:00 PM
    I suppose the success or otherwise of this product, as well as the various clones of the 8" format, will greatly depend on your perception of the terminology used - "very competitive price point" could easily be said as "cheap" with all the negatives that come with it.
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    g-unit1111 , October 23, 2013 1:02 PM
    Quote:
    I suppose the success or otherwise of this product, as well as the various clones of the 8" format, will greatly depend on your perception of the terminology used - "very competitive price point" could easily be said as "cheap" with all the negatives that come with it.


    I've been debating between the Dell Venue and the new iPad Mini - the Mini has a great display but the price tag is a bit on the ridiculous side. The 64GB Venue is literally 1/2 the cost of a new iPad Air and significantly cheaper than the equivalent Mini.
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    navalweaponsofficer , October 23, 2013 5:27 PM
    Unfortunately the non D Z3000 series SOC’s are being limited by windows 8/ 8.1. The Z3000 series supports 64bit operation but windows only supports connected standby on 32 bit versions connected standby will only become available in 64 bit windows in 2014. So OEMs are only producing 32bit tablets. The rumor is that Win 9 will be a lighter more portable operating system that would be better suited for tablets than win 8/ 8.1, but it is also rumored that win 9 will be available in only a 64bit version leaving all of these first release of bay trail tables with no upgrade path to a potentially lighter more suitable operating system (windows 9). I really want to get a Venue 11 pro with a Z3770 SOC but I feel that it will likely be crippled with 2GB ram no driver support for upgrading to 64bit when connected standby becomes available. It would be nice if they build it and release it stating that they will provide drivers and support upgrading to a 64bit OS once connected standby becomes available.
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    RedundantInk , October 24, 2013 12:19 AM
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    I haven't used windows 8/8.1--but what's with all of these x86 tablets only coming with 2GB of RAM? ASUS announced their T100--also an 8.1 tablet with baytrail, and also 2GB of RAM. I know at around this price point, you're not going to get a ton of power, but man, the difference between 2GB and 4GB of RAM on modern systems is noticeable.


    Limitations of the specific Bay Trail SoC aside, Windows 8 is remarkably efficient with its memory usage and the tablet's small screen size and low price tag should make it clear that it's not intended for any particularly demanding use.
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    funkdat , October 25, 2013 1:45 PM
    The 25th shipping time frame has already passed. I bought one of these and when I bought it they told me the shipping ETA was Oct 24th. Now I contact their support and they tell me Nov. 1st or later. Not too happy about this as I needed the tablet by Nov. 1 for a trap. That will be the last time I buy from Dell.
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    daylight , October 26, 2013 8:29 PM
    My local Walmart is going to have the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet on 10/27. If you want to try the tablet first, you can check with your local Walmart to see whether they have it.
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    dimensioncs , October 31, 2013 4:00 PM
    Perhaps you should wait for the Dell Venue 11 pro? Bigger screen and higher spec options including i3 and i5. Due for release in the UK November 7th - can't wait!!