Up until now pretty much the only tablet that mattered in the Android world was ASUS’s Nexus 7. But now it seems like the most popular Android tablet is finally going to get some serious competition, which is not from Apple iPad mini but from within the Android community. Dell has recently introduced the new Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 tablets to make its mark into the tablet industry. Will it be able to take on the Nexus 7 and gain some marketshare by competing with the iPad mini? Let’s find out.
Dell Venue tablets are not the first Android powered tablets from the giant PC maker. Previously Dell has tried its luck in the Android market with its Dell Streak tablet, which wasn’t able to gain the success the company had wanted it to. With Venue product lineup Dell seems to change that.
Dell Venue 7
As its name suggests the Dell Venue 7 tablet features a 7-inch display that makes it a direct competitor to Nexus 7, which also has the same screen size. The Dell Venue 7 features Android 4.2.2 that according to the company will be upgradable to Android KitKat in the future. Dell Venue 7 isn’t a high-end product and is targeted towards the market that cannot or would not afford a $4-500 tablet. To keep the price low Dell has made some significant sacrifices when it comes to specifications, though they are not bad at all.
Dell Venue 7 Pro features a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and has an IPS display. It is powered by Intel Z2560 dual-core processor that runs at 2GHz along with 2GB of RAM. Venue 7 will come with 16GB of internal storage and will allow users to expand its memory using its microSD card slot to up to 32GB. It has a 3.15-megapixel rear and VGA front camera for video calling. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,, micro-SIM card slot, 4,100mAh battery and more. Dell Venue 7 will be available at a price of $150.
Dell Venue 8
The Dell Venue 8 tablet is pretty much same as the smaller Venue 7 the biggest difference being its 8-inch display. Another difference between the two models is that unlike the smaller model Venue 8 features 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580 processor along with 2GB of RAM. According to Dell the Venue 8 tablet will be offered in two options of 16GB and 32GB. It will also feature the microSD card slot using which users will be able to expand its memory up to 32GB. It will also have a better 5-megapixel camera along with 2-megapixel front camera for video calling. Apart from that Dell Venue 8 also has 1280 x 800 IPS screen, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, micro-SIM slot, Android 4.2.2 (upgradable to KitKat) and more.
Dell Venue 8 will be priced at $180 for the 16GB model. Both Venue 8 and Venue 7 tablets will be released on October 18th.
Despite being low priced tablets both of these products feature good specifications that look promising. Also the fact that Venue 7 is priced significantly lower than Nexus 7, which sells at $229 makes its prospects better. Dell is trying to make a massive come back in the tablet market and these two products could launch it well. Now lets see how customers react to these affordable tablets.