Dell Ships Venue 8 Pro Tablet With Windows 8.1 For $300

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News Posted: Sat, Oct 19 2013 12:17 PM
If you listen closely, you can hear those bells ringing already... particularly if you're in a sales department. With the holiday shopping season creeping up on us, companies far and wide are refreshing product lines in order to entice you. Dell's one of those, and this week it announced that the new Venue tablets and XPS 15 laptop were available for the taking. The Dell Venue 7, Venue 8 and Venue 8 Pro tablets, as well as the new XPS 15, are available for sale on in the United States and in select countries around the world.

The Venue 7 starts at $149.99, while the Venue 8 starts at $179.99. Both are based on Android and feature HD IPS displays and Intel's Atom Bay Trail processing power. The real starlet, of course, is the Venue 8 Pro. It's outfitted with Windows 8.1, as well as a copy of Office 2013 Home & Student. At just $299.99, it's a sleek alternative to Microsoft's own Surface hardware. 

As for the newly-refinished XPS 15, that one is available with a Quad HD+ (3200x1800) display. It starts at $1,499.99 with Full HD or $1,899.99 with Quad HD+ panel.

Also, we're told that the Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11 and refreshed XPS 13 with touch should be coming soon, with more specific details to emerge in November.
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JeffGreen replied on Sun, Oct 20 2013 5:03 AM

As much as I hate the idea of small tablets with high powered hardware, it's good to see some competition to the surface. That $300 model might just put me over the edge on getting something like that.

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Oct 28 2013 10:47 AM

venue 8 Pro is interesting. the bay trail ATOM cpu, Z3740D is pretty decent.  Been seeing lots of youtube vids on the Asus Transformer Book T100 which is a 10.1 inch $350 version of this thing. It can do slightly better than real-time encoding of 1080p video FWIW.

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