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Dell isn't giving up on its tablet ambitions quite yet. The company has announced a slew of new devices today, two of which are Android slates. The Venue 7 and 8 are entry-level Android tablets running on Intel Atom chips, and you'll be able to buy them later this month for a competitive price.

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The devices are both powered by Intel's last-generation Clover Trail Plus dual-core Atom chip with 2GB of RAM. The devices have 1280x800 resolution screens at 7 and 8-inches diagonal (you can probably guess which one is which). The Venue 7 will come with 16GB of storage, while the Venue 8 has 16 and 32GB options. Both devices have front and rear-facing cameras, though the Venue 8 has a slightly better front sensor. They will both run Android 4.2.2 at launch, but Dell is promising updates to Android 4.3 and 4.4 down the road.

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The Venue 7 will retail for $149.99 and the Venue 8 will be $179.99. The specs are a bit lacking, but that's still $80 cheaper than the Nexus 7. They will be for sale on Dell's site October 18th.

[BusinessWire, Dell]

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  • Derek B

    Dude, I'm not getting a Dell.

    • GazaIan

      I wouldn't be so quick to knock Dell this time around... For the first time in...ever, they've kinda blown me away with their Dell Venue 8 and 11 Pro (Windows tablets)... Priced pretty competitively for what they can do, and the specs are actually worth the price. Perhaps their Android tablets won't be an abomination, if they gave it the same love as they did with their two new Windows tablets.

      • Hal Motley

        If they are Intel powered there is a chance we might see duel-booted tablets with Win 8 and Android 4.3/4.4 not a bad deal at all. I'm not sure how the Atom does when compared to its ARM counterparts, but I might look into one.

  • h4rr4r

    Which GPU?
    Please tell me something intel cooked up and not some PowerVR POS. If this uses intel video hardware with FOSS drivers, I will have to buy a couple.

    • Peter Oliver

      I was under the impression you'd have to have BayTrail for the new Intel GPU's. These CloverTrail+ chips still use PowerVR.

      I'm no expert on this subject so somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Matthew Merrick

    ....meh?

    seriously, i see no compelling reason to buy this.

    no, not even price.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    My main problem with these tablets is that Dell and HP and Acer should either not place there logo big and shiny smack dab on the back of their products or get a new logo. It's ugly.

    Dell you're not Apple. Get a logo. Apple paid for someone with some sort of art background to make a logo for themselves a decade ago maybe you should give it a shot. Even Microsoft has one up on you.

    • http://www.twitter.com/robertmoreno Robert_M

      Amen brotha!! I always thought this as well. It's one of the ugliest logos in tech.

    • Mike Reid

      They can't afford a good logo.

      IMO, they'll sell poorly and be dropped, just like Dell dropped their old Streak and Venue devices.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        I had a Streak and I'll say that for the time it wasn't to bad of a device. Although the default launcher was garbage.

      • GazaIan

        The Dell Streak wasn't bad at all.. Just slightly ahead of its time.

    • miri

      Better the just back than the front or both sides (I'm looking at you LG)

    • Asphyx

      You know if your that embarrassed to have someone know you bought an HP or Dell Tablet because there is a log there the better solution would be to NOT buy a Dell or HP tablet...Not complain about the fact they brand their products!
      I never could understand why people complain about the manufacturers logo being on one of their products! Do you not buy cars for the same reasons?

      "Well I would buy a Dodge if it didn't have that damn Dodge logo on the front of the hood or emblazoned on the trunk"...

      I mean really folks is that really all that important and annoying?
      If you need to have a phone or device that MUST make you look FASHIONABLE, I think you have bigger fashion issues than a Logo on your phone!

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        I'm not complaining about owning a Dell or HP. I just wish they had more design sense for their tablets. I actually have both an HP desktop and an Alienware (made by Dell) laptop at home and I don't care who knows I have them. Those are designed well.

        • Asphyx

          It's not just you Nin...Don't take my post personally...
          I just see so many posts bitching about a logo being on the unit but yet see the same people driving cars and using refrigerators with logos on them all the time!

          If it is designed well then having their logo on it really isn't something to complain about and if it is not designed well is the LOGO really the thing to point out?
          I am right now using a Mouse that has a logitech logo on it...
          and loking at a monitor that has one as well! Keyboard has one too the only thing that does is the computer because I built it myself...

          All function fine and I never lost a Girlfriend because my Mouse, Phone or Tablet wasn't as stylish or because it had a logo on it...

          Just sayin....

  • TY

    2GB RAM at this price? Nice.

  • Freak4Dell

    I wonder if this means the Windows tablets will be affordable. Probably not, but one can hope.

  • Asphyx

    It would be very helpful if these reviews (and I know this is a pre-release announcement not really a review) if you guys would mention if this is GPlay capable or not. One of the most important things about these units (and usually the big NO about them) is if they are locked out of the play store (read Kindle and the Old Nooks). I could see Dell doing this which would make this a non-starter.

    • Udayan Banerji

      Well this runs Android, unlike Kindle (which runs Fire OS) or Nook (which runs Nook Tablet OS), so this thing will have access to Play Store. This is Intel hardware, so the native apps (read OpenGL) will have different code than ARM tablets, but to the end user that should not matter.

      Note that the reason Kindle cannot call its modded Android OS as Android, is the same reason it cannot access Play Store. If it is "Android", it has Play Store.

      • Freak4Dell

        Not entirely accurate. Devices that run Android don't automatically have access to Play. The devices have to pass through something called the Compatibility Test Suite to see if they're eligible for Play Services access. If they pass (most do without any problem), the OEM can then license the Play package if they wish. Not all OEMs license this, and some, like Amazon, don't even want to. They want you buying content from Amazon, not Google. Google would have no issue with it if Amazon chose to certify their devices through CTS and license Play for use on their devices.

        There are many cheap tablets and phones that do not have access to Play. Also, the newest Nook tablets do have access to Play.

        • Cerberus_tm

          Good point. But at least you can still flash/install the Google applications from somewhere else, if the device is at all compatible, just like with Cyanogen.

          • Asphyx

            The issue with these types of Units is they don't allow you to sideload apps at all which makes it difficult to add the play store to them.
            They can't allow it with their business model where (like Amazon) they are actually losing money on selling you the unit hoping to make it off you on the app and content purchases. If they allowed the Play store they could not guarantee making their money back.

          • Cerberus_tm

            I see. That's terrible! But isn't that only the Amazon tablets? We don't have those here, or at least I have never heard of anyone bought them. I would expect any other tablet to allow you to install the Play Store...

          • Asphyx

            No there are a whole SLEW of Bargain units out there that do not have GPlay support. I suppose the licensing for GPlay is one reason.
            Most of us here are power users and would never consider these low end units but if you were considering getting one for your kid or parents as a present you had better be sure it has Play Store or you will hate yourself! LOL

            Might not be a bad thing as far as Kids though..
            My Sister bought my Nephew an iPad (Bitch! LOL) and he rang up a $800 App bill because he just kept clicking on apps to install! LOL

          • Cerberus_tm

            Ouch! An Ipad, really? That hurts. Oh, and the app bill is also bad.

            I don't need or own a tablet, but I don't know anything about such cheap but walled tablets here. Perhaps we have them, I don't know.

          • Asphyx

            It serves her right for not consulting with me first! LOL

          • Cerberus_tm

            Damn right!

        • Udayan Banerji

          Maybe you are right. Though I was under the impression that if you pass CTS, you get certified as an Android OEM, and you get access to Play Store. Namely, I do not know of an Android device (which is certified as an Android device) which does not have access to Play Store.

          But yes, I get the bigger picture.

      • Asphyx

        You may be confusing names with there being a difference. FireOS is pretty much a stripped down fork of the Android OS that has no GOOGLE services installed (read GApps) and does everything through the Amazon App instead.

        Nook is also a flavor of Android just stripped of all it's Googlicious code and HAD limited you to purchasing apps through their system.
        But Nook recently added the Play Store to it's units and fixed that problem.

        Really the only difference is that they did not include the Play Store but when you get down to the nitty gritty it is an Android base underneath. Which is why we can easily hack and flash custom roms onto the unit if we want.

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    pass. I totally want a tablet to replace my aging OG Galaxy Tab 10.1 but none have been satisfactory.

  • William Worlde

    I really believe if you don't have anything good to say, then you should STFU! So, I should definitely STFU, but I can't help myself.

    In my IT Support career, I've seen too many people opt for cheap Dell products - and gotten exactly what they paid for. Dell sells cheap consumer products because they procure the cheapest parts they can possibly buy.

    My very first laptop over 10 years ago was a Dell; I've never owned or recommended anything after that one broke within 3 months after the warranty expired!

    Never say never, but I don't think there will be anything that Dell will ever manufacture that will ever get my money again!

    • Freak4Dell

      That can be said of cheap products from any line. If you are IT support, as you claim, you should know that every computer builder uses the same stuff in their computers, and the difference comes down to build quality and after-sale support. If you buy cheap, you get cheap. Dell has to produce some cheap products because that's where the market leans. I've purchased plenty of systems from Dell, and I've only had a problem with one of them (that wasn't due to age and general abuse, anyway). I spend good money on stuff I buy from them, though, and I spend even more good money on the warranty. I also don't buy from any 3rd party retailers. I buy direct from Dell's small business sales unit. Their warranty support is the best in the industry. The one laptop I had problems with was replaced with a nicer one and I'm using that one right now. The other experiences I've had with them are for things that shouldn't have been covered, but they were nice enough to do so anyway.

    • Kev Kennedy

      Dell XPS range is excellent... outstanding quality, performance and tech support is amazing. BTW, only rang Tech Support because I could not get a driver working... and that was a Win 8 sync issue, not a Dell issue. I personally own a Dell XPS15 and Dell XPS 12. I bought the 12 after owning the 15 for only 3 months, I was that impressed with their products.

  • Underhill

    I don't really see how these are down on specs to the Nexus when you account for price. They have a processor/memory combination that could easily be nearly as fast, if not faster, than the nexus for $80 cheaper.

    The only thing you lose is some resolution. Which for most people in the real world, won't make an ounce of difference.

  • Daniel Brown

    Just got one for my son... not sure how people call this a "bargain unit", it has very good specs for mid-range product and has full Google Play and all the Google apps. I even scored for $40 off the MSRP so for $110 I guarantee you it can't be beat for the price.

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