Android Dell Venue 8 Ships a Month Early to Some Customers
November 17, 2013 1:49 PM
Budget Android tablet packs powerful processor, respectable resolution
Dell's latest bid for some tablet market respect kicked off a little early the last couple weeks. Look at various sites who reported on
the initial October product announcement
, one major missing piece of info was exactly when Dell's new 8-inch budget Venue 8 tablet was supposed to be shipping to U.S. holiday shoppers.
Dell's official site states...
...December 6, 20013 (note, though, the "estimated" part).
Amazon.com, Inc.'s (
) listing states...
...November 22, 2013 as the "release" date (so maybe shipped to you by a day or two with prime -- Nov. 24?).
But apparently Newegg.com has been selling the new budget tablet, which runs Google Inc.'s (
) Android operating system, all month. The first customer review
is from 11/1/2013
, so it appears that Newegg.com may have shipped to customers as much as three weeks early. The tablet is currently listed as in stock?
Should we care?
If you're open to the idea of a budget tablet, the answer is arguably yes. First, from a news perspective the Dell tablet marks one of the first times we're getting close to Intel Corp. (
) (whose chip powers the device) fulfilling its CEO Brian Krzanich's
promise of $150 USD tablets
That $180 buys you a WXGA 1200x800 pixel screen. While not as good as the 1920x1080 (1080p) panel found in
the refreshed Nexus 7
(produced by ASUSTEK Computer Inc. (
)), it's $50 USD cheaper ($180 USD versus $230 USD for the 16 GB variant of each)), and moreover it trades blows with the Nexus 7 in terms of processing power.
The Dell Venue 8 features a dual-core 2.0 GHz Intel Z2580 Atom Processor (32 nm,
), with an onboard PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU from Imagination Technologies Group plc (
). Versus the Qualcomm, Inc. (
) APQ8064 a Snapdragon S4 chip with Krait CPU cores and an Adreno 320 GPU, the Intel-based design generally wins in CPU-intensive tasks, but fall behind in GPU extensive tasks (like 3D gaming). The Intel-equipped Dell Venue 8 gets
roughly 7.5 hours
under moderate use (on a 1550 mWh battery) versus roughly 8.5 hours for the Nexus 7 (on
a 1,500 mWh battery
The Android Dell Venue 8 (left) and Windows 8.1 Dell Venue 8 Pro (right)
In other words, the Dell Venue 8 is a slight step down from the Nexus 7, but not as much as you might expect for $50 USD. So far the tablet has an excellent 5-star average review on Newgg.
the iPad Mini (first generation)
from Apple, Inc. (
still retailing for $315 USD
-- nearly twice the Dell asking price. That tablet features a lower resolution 1024x768 pixel, 7.9-inch display, and slightly longer battery life. iOS of course adds value to the Apple device, but it's hard to deny that the Dell tablet is a pretty good deal compared to either the new Nexus 7 or the first-gen iPad Mini.
More good things also are incoming for Dell. The PC and devicemaker, who recently
completed a succesful campaign to privatize
, will ship the Venue 8 Pro, the Venue 8's Windows "big brother" next month. Whereas the Venue 8 -- like its rival the Nexus 7 -- is based on a last generation SoC, the Venue 8 Pro is driven by a
brand new 22 nm Intel
While Microsoft Corp.'s (
Windows 8.1 operating system
continues to struggle on the tablet market, the Venue Pro 8 is a worthy brother to the Venue 8 as far as Windows tablets go. At $300 USD it offers you both the perks (more powerful apps) and downsides (less apps, identical battery life as the Venue 8 despite the more advanced 22 nm SoC) that you'd expect from Windows 8.
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
Dell's Mission to Go Private is Complete
October 29, 2013, 8:55 PM
Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 8.1
October 17, 2013, 11:52 AM
Dell Launches New Tablets, XPS Laptops
October 3, 2013, 10:14 AM
IDF 2013: Tablet-Aimed Bay Trail, 140+ Android and Win 8.1 Designs Announced
September 12, 2013, 7:06 PM
Best Buy Steals Google's Thunder, Already Taking Pre-Orders for New $229 Nexus 7
July 24, 2013, 7:24 AM
Are You in the Market for Earphones?
March 24, 2017, 7:35 AM
Samsung Galaxy S8, Rumored Launch Date!
March 18, 2017, 6:45 AM
How about Leica Cameras
March 13, 2017, 6:30 AM
Nokia has ditched this camera technology in its new smartphones
March 7, 2017, 8:45 AM
A Baseball Cap With Camera
March 3, 2017, 7:00 AM
Nokia 3310 with longer battery life
February 28, 2017, 7:05 AM
Most Popular Articles
Apple iPad – New Faster Processor and More Fun
March 22, 2017, 7:25 AM
OnePlus 3T – 5.5” Optic AMOLED and Dash Charging Technology
March 23, 2017, 8:45 AM
Comparison – Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4
March 21, 2017, 7:40 AM
Huawei P8 Lite 2017 – Android 7 Nougat Smartphone with Octa-Core Processor
March 8, 2017, 7:03 AM
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 – Intel Thunderbolt 3 Certified Motherboard
March 9, 2017, 6:25 AM
Latest Blog Posts
More Apps From Google
Mar 28, 2017, 7:15 AM
Are you thinking of performance and speed? Intel claims:
Mar 25, 2017, 7:45 AM
Apple buys an automation app called Workflow. The deal was completed today and brings the app along with its developers.
Mar 23, 2017, 7:35 AM
Apple Announces new color for iPhones and iPads
Mar 22, 2017, 7:45 AM
Instagram: You Can Now Save Live Videos For Later
Mar 21, 2017, 7:49 AM
Samsung Galaxy S8 to Get New Color Scheme
Mar 20, 2017, 7:45 AM
What else to worry about?
Mar 17, 2017, 6:45 AM
Icon of the Day: Intel/ NVIDIA or Mobileye
Mar 16, 2017, 6:15 AM
JUST IN - Twitter Hijacked : High-Profile Account Accesses
Mar 15, 2017, 7:07 AM
Mar 14, 2017, 7:30 AM
News and Tips
Mar 13, 2017, 6:30 AM
iPhone 8 – May Not Get Curved Screen
Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 AM
California paves way to self-driving car tests without humans
Mar 11, 2017, 7:18 AM
Smart Machines V hackers
Mar 10, 2017, 7:00 AM
Uber Can Resume Autonomous Car Testing in California
Mar 9, 2017, 6:50 AM
Mar 8, 2017, 7:09 AM
Mar 7, 2017, 8:45 AM
World news 3-6
Mar 6, 2017, 5:40 AM
Mar 4, 2017, 7:40 AM
Mixed News of the Day
Mar 4, 2017, 6:32 AM
Jaguar Land Rover invests in ride-sharing
Mar 3, 2017, 7:00 AM
Mixed News of The World:
Mar 2, 2017, 7:02 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information