Set for release next month, the Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are slimmer and lighter than before and run on Intel's Merrifield processors. The previous generation Venue 7 and Venue 8 measured 9.6 mm and 9.8 mm in thickness, respectively. This new generation sees both models drop down to 8.95 mm thick.
Under the hood, the Venue 8 boasts Intel's Atom Z3480 (up to 2.1 GHz) as well as 1 GB of LP DDR3 RAM, 16 GB of eMMC storage, and Intel HD Graphics (Imagination PowerVR G6400). All of this is powering an 8-inch IPS Display with FHD (WXGA 1920 x 1200). There's also Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, optional LTE, a 2-megapixel camera in the front, a 5-megapixel camera in the back, a MicroSD card reader (up to 64 GB), and Android 4.4 KitKat.
As for the Venue 7, you're looking at a 7-inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800), Intel's Atom Z3460 (up to 1.6 GHz), 1 GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics (Imagination PowerVR G6400), 16 GB of eMMC storage, Bluetooth 4.0, optional LTE, Miracast, MicroSD card reader (up to 64 GB), a 1-megapixel camera in the front, a 5-megapixel camera in the back and Android 4.4 KitKat. Both the Venue 7 and Venue 8 have the same 4550 mAh battery.
The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 will be available July 1. The Venue 7 is priced at $159; the Venue 8 is priced at $199. There's also the option to buy the Dell Venue Cradle (pictured above), which was made for the Venue 8 and acts as a stand. The Dell Bluetooth Portable Speaker (also pictured above) offers connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0 wireless as well as NFC. It offers up to 10 hours of continuous play and has a wireless range of 30 feet. It also has a built in mic, just in case you've paired it with your phone and receive a call.
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With that being said, if I personally was to get a device like this, I'd want 2GB of memory. So I think if they're smart they'll at least have a slightly more expensive upgraded model with more memory. Of course, I'd rather have a 10"+ model, myself. If you demand more performance and plan on multitasking, you might be in the market for a bigger unit, so maybe this makes sense.
Anyway, these could even run Windows 8.1 decently with the new compressed builds. But more internal storage and memory would be better, hence the Pro models. Hopefully they'll upgrade their Pro lineup with the new displays too!
Oh, I just looked and Dell is listing the previous gen Venue 8 with a 32GB option for $30 more than the base 16GB model. So hopefully they'll have a similar upgraded model with 32GB for ~$229. Although the mSD support helps a lot, the internal memory will likely be faster for loading big apps.
the new one, I was very interested in...until i saw the ram drop and with the slimmer design I'm actually worried they made the battery smaller too.
On the other hand, if on these ones the included GFX, should be much better for 3D intensive games. But the 1 GB of RAM will hinder that, effectively DELL just shot them selves in the foot (having 1.5 GB of Ram, should of somewhat helped with that)