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Dell launches 4 new tablets, dumps Windows RT

Dell has unveiled a new line-up of tablets running on both Android and Windows operating systems.

The PC manufacturer introduced Venue 7 (7 inch) and 8 (8 inch) tablets which run on  Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), and Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro, which are powered by Windows 8.1.

The 7-inch Venue 7 and the 8-inch Venue 8 devices have high definition (HD) in-plance switching (IPS) LCD screen. Dell has claimed ‘day-long’ battery life for both tablets that use  Intel microprocessors.

The two devices have 3G and 4G LTE (Long Term Connectivity) connectivity, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS. Venue 7 comes with 16 GB of storage, while Venue 8 comes with storage options of 16 and 32 GB. Both support microSD card as well.

Coming to the camera, Venue 7 has a front-facing VGA camera and 3MP rear camera, while the Venue 8 has a 3MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera.

Dell, however, gave no details when would the Android devices be upgraded from 4.2 (Jelly Bean) to the upcoming 4.4 (KitKat) version.
In the Windows-run tablets, the adoption of  Windows 8.1 shows that Dell has made a departure from the Windows RT platform and chosen Windows 8.1 as the OS of choice for its devices. In fact, Dell has no further plans to introduce more  Windows RT tablets in future, particularly after the failure of its XPS 10 Tablet.

Dell unveiled the two devices while labeling them as the world’s thinnest Windows tablets while stating that they are both less than 9mm thick. The 8-inch Venue 8 Pro has an HD IPS screen display and also offers LTE connectivity, wireless keyboard options, and a textured grip design.

The device also has 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 4G LTE connectivity, a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, and a micro SD card slot. It comes with storage options of 16GB and 32GB.

The Venue 11 Pro tablet, on the other hand, has one of the largest tablet screens in the market today with 10.8-inch full HD IPS screen. Its CPU comes in two options of Intel Atom and Core-powered versions, and it also offers an optional desktop dock for hooking up to a workstation.

It also offers Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC (near-field communication), optional LTE connectivity and four different storage options of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

All the devices are slated to debut in the market October 18 onwards. The Android powered Venue 7 and 8 have been priced in the US at $150 and $180 respectively. Coming to the Windows tablets, the Venue 8 Pro would be priced at $299 and the Venue 11 Pro would be available from a starting price of $499.

All the Dell tablets would run Pocket Cloud, a cloud storage facility that saves files across both Android and Windows devices.

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