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Dell Makes Unexpected Android Comeback with Sub-$200 Venue 7, Venue 8 Tablets

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Dell-VenueFollowing the Venue and Streak debacles from back in the day, no one really expected Dell, whose Windows market share is declining, to take another stab at Android manufacturing anytime soon.

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.

<Source: VR-Zone>

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