Dell bumps up the Venue 8 Pro with new specs, new price

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Dell has just quietly upgraded one of its more “unique” Windows devices. One of the first 8-inch Windows tablets in the market, Venue 8 Pro now has a younger but more powerful sibling with a name that takes a page from Apple’s branding guide. Simply called the “New Dell 8 Venue Pro”, the slab still sports an 8-inch screen, but this time boasts of a Full HD resolution, an upgraded Atom processor, and, in one instance, double the RAM of its predecessor. Sadly, it also boats of a higher price tag as well.

In terms of specs, the most important changes are the jump from the older model’s Atom Z3740 to a shiny new Atom x5-Z8500 form Intel’s current Cherry Trail generation. The screen resolution also goes up from 1280×800 to 1920×1200. Memory is also doubled to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. There is also the subtle and somewhat unexpected addition of an NFC sensor inside.

Dell bumps up the Venue 8 Pro with new specs, new price

Most of the features remain the same on both old and new generations, which means that the New Venue 8 Pro is still compatible with Dell’s Active Pen, though, as usual, it is sold separately. You really only get the slab, and you’ll be paying somewhat handsomely for that.

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Prices start at $449, Dell says, but fortunately that’s actually the ceiling price already. That comes with Windows 10 Pro but you can opt to save a few bucks by downgrading to Windows 10 Home. Both only come in a 64-bit flavor. There are also a few configurations available. You have a choice of simply getting the lowest variant available, still with Windows 10 Pro, at $349. That keeps the new Intel Atom processor but downgrades the screen back to 720p and memory to 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal. For an additional $50, however, you can at least get the model with 64 GB of storage.

(slashgear.com)

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