And while the Texans are still reluctant to reenter the smartphone arena, they’ve decided to abruptly and unexpectedly storm into the Google-powered tablet landscape. Meet the Venue 7 and Venue 8, two bad boys that take the budget-conscious slate concept at a whole new level.
Okay, maybe not a whole new level, but it’s refreshing to see an OEM with Dell’s reputation keeping it so modest on the pricing front. How modest? Well, the Venue 7 is to cost $149 in a 16 GB flavor, whereas a similar variant of the Venue 8 will go for $180 starting October 18.
Now before you even start, I’m perfectly aware of the duo’s hardware limitations. But come on, are you really telling me you’re not tempted by a $150 7-incher with a 1,280 x 800 pix res IPS panel, 1.6 GHz Intel Clover Trail+ processor and 2 gigs of RAM? Especially when it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which Dell says will be upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat in no time.
As for the 8-incher, that fellow keeps the screen resolution at the same fairly modest level, but ups the processing power ante with a 2 GHz Intel chip, also sporting a 5 MP rear-facing camera and the same 2 GB RAM and pre-loaded Android 4.2 as little bro. Nice having you back, Dell, more so as you’ve clearly stepped up your game.