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Dell Venue 8 7000 Tablet Review: It Feels Like The Future, But The Future Is A Little Awkward

Dell has a new Android tablet, and it's actually interesting for once. You don't usually think of Dell as a leader in the area of tablet design, but that's what seems to be happening here. The new Dell Venue 8 7000 series tablet is currently the thinnest slate in the world at just 6mm. Ignoring for a moment whether or not it's a good design, you can't deny that's impressive—even the iPad is thicker. The Venue 8 makes some compromises to get there, but maybe that's okay. Let's see how this tablet measures up.

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Dell Announces Venue 10, An Education-Focused Tablet That Will Run Lollipop

As part of a series of education-oriented product announcements, Dell is introducing the Venue 10, a Lollipop-enabled Android tablet. The device, which will have a "Pro" sibling that runs Windows 8.1, is set to debut in the spring and will be Google Apps for Education certified. While it will fall short of being a high-end tablet and may not have wide availability, it does have a few cool features.

Dell's release says the Venue 10 line will have "HD or Full HD" 10.1 inch screens, making it unclear whether these will be options or if the 1080p display will apply only to the Pro model.

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Dell's Mega-Thin Venue 8 Tablet Is Now Available For $399.99 From Best Buy

Dell has been making Android tablets for a while, but none of them have been terribly interesting. The new Venue 8, on the other hand, stands out in a sea of freakishly similar slates. This is the thinnest tablet in the world at only 6mm (a whole one-tenth of a millimeter thinner than the iPad Air 2) and it showcases some neat camera tricks thanks to its Intel hardware. It's been vaporware so far, but now you can get one at Best Buy for $399.99.

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Dell Announces Refreshed Venue 7 And Venue 8 Tablets With New Processors, Less RAM, And KitKat

Dell's Android-powered Venue tablets from last year were more than adequate, but failed to make a definitive impression on the crowded Android market despite reasonable specs and low prices. The Texas company is hoping that a quick refresh of the hardware on the 7-inch and 8-inch models will help move a few more units... and hopefully a few lucrative accessories as well. Updated versions of the Venue 7 and Venue 8 will run Android 4.4 out of the box.

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The biggest change on the inside is an upgrade to Intel's Merrifield family of low-power x86 chips: the Atom Z3460 (dual-core 1.6Ghz) on the Venue 7 and Atom Z3480 (dual-core 2.1Ghz) on the Venue 8.

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Dell Venue 7 And 8 Get Their KitKat (Android 4.4.2) Updates

According to tipsters, the Dell community forums, and XDA, the Dell Venue 7 and 8 Android tablets are receiving an update to Android 4.4.2 today. Also, according to XDA, the update does break root on the devices, so watch out for that.

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The devices' update to Android 4.3 also came simultaneously, so it's a good bet that it's available for both the 7 and 8 models right now if you go and check for it. The Atom-based budget tablets don't seem to be getting any truly major changes with this update, though of course a bump to KitKat is major in and of itself, so that's something to be excited about.

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[Deal Alert] Dell's $50 Discount On The Venue 8 Is Back: 16GB For $129.99, 32GB For $159.99

If you missed this deal on the Dell Venue 8 the last time it rolled around, consider this your chance at frugal redemption. Dell's official online store is once again discounting the Intel-powered Android tablet by a respectable $50 on all models. Head to the listing, select your capacity, and apply the code J41TT1LGPH2RD2 to get the discount.

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This deal starts at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on Monday and ends tomorrow at 7:00 AM. The quantities are limited by Dell and there's no telling just how much stock they've set aside, so get a move on if you want a discounted tablet.

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[Deal Alert] Dell Offering $50 Off The Venue 8 – $129.99 For 16GB And $159.99 For 32GB

There are plenty of Android tablets out there worthy of your attention, but Dell's offerings might not be at the top of your list. With $50 off, though, you might want to take another look. The retailer is offering a discount on the 16 and 32GB variants of the Dell Venue 8 until February 13th.

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Dell Launches Wyse Cloud Connect, The Android-Powered Dongle Formerly Known As Project Ophelia, Priced At $129

Google's Chromecast is cheap and awesome, but it only performs a very specific set of functions, and even venturing out as far as tab casting gives murky results. Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect, formerly known as Project Ophelia, is a little dongle that can toss up a full Android desktop on any HDMI or MHL-enabled display, and it's now available for purchase. It comes with complete access to the Play Store, so you can use it to keep up with episodes of The Daily Show, listen to Lady Gaga, defend towers, or, you know, be productive.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect comes with PocketCloud pre-installed, which gives users remote access to physical or virtual desktops.

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Dell Venue 7 And Venue 8 Finally Getting Their Android 4.3 Updates

Dell began sending out Android 4.3 updates to it's budget Atom-based Android tablets late last year, but it's been a super-slow rollout. Well, now it's picking up steam. The OTA should be hitting both tablets soon, if not already.

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Dell Announces Venue 7 And Venue 8 Intel-Based Android Tablets, Coming October 18th For $149.99 and $179.99

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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