Dell Launches Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android Tablets in India, Prices Start At Rs 10,999

By Vivek

There was a time when Dell had come up with their Venue smartphones. Now following the same naming pattern, the Round Rock based PC manufacturer has launched its 3 latest tablets in the India market today along with the announcement of Venue 11 Pro. The latest slates come dubbed as the Venue 7, Venue 8 and Venue 8 Pro.

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The PC maker popular for its XPS series of notebook has apparently made a huge plunge in the tablet industry with the launch of these latest tablet devices. The first two tablets namely the Venue 7 and the Venue 8 come running on Android platform while the two Venue Pros are powered by Windows OS.

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The Dell Venue 7 is priced at Rs. 10,999 and the Venue 8 comes at a price tag of Rs. 17,499 for the 16GB variants, while the 32GB variant will cost you Rs. 21,499. Dell has not announced the pricing for the 3G variants as of now. Both these devices are available from online retailer eBay. These tablets would also be available through retail stores including Dell Exclusive Stores and Croma stores across India.

While, the Dell Venue 8 Pro, an 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablet has been officially priced of Rs. 26,499 for the base 32 GB WiFi model. The larger 11 inch Venue Pro would be made available in February and the company has not revealed the price of the device as of now.

Lets take a look at the specs of the devices individually:

The Venue 7 comes with a 7-inch multitouch IPS display offering an HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The device comes powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor and sports Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 9.6 mm thick and weighs 235 grams, 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera, 3.5mm audio jack, 3G (Optional), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD, 4100 mAh battery with up to 10 hours of HD video playback.

This one comes with an 8-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) multitouch IPS display and is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. It is a 9.9 mm thick and weighs 290 grams. It sports a 5MP auto focus rear camera with 1080p HD video recording along with a 2MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options include 3G (Optional), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS. Moreover, it comes with 2GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB/32GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD. It comes powered by a 4100 mAh battery with up to 10 hours of HD video playback.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes with an 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touchscreen display. It is powered by Intel Atom processor Z3740D 1.8GHz Quad-Core, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 1.2MP HD Webcam, 5MP rear camera, Micro-AB USB2.0, Headphone and microphone combojack, 3FF micro-SIM slot, WiFi, Bluetooth.

The Venue 11 Pro comes with fourth-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors options and up to 4GB RAM. The tablet sports an 8MP rear and 2MP front facing camera. The Windows 8.1 tablet features a large, high-resolution 27.43-cm (10.8-inch) full HD IPS display and Intel vPro for manageability. The Venue 11 Pro also comes with a swappable battery, and snaps into full-sized, durable keyboards or desktop dock options for an experience that comes close to full-fledged desktop computing.

Dell has somehow taken a smart step by launching both Android and Windows tablet at the same time in the market. Also the price of the tablets are pretty attractive except the Windows running tablets. However, from the specs and pricing of the new Dell tablets, competition for Samsung, Lenovo and even Asus will be tough. Especially Asus FonePad, Galaxy Tab will be highly dominated with these new tablet line-up from Dell.

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