Dell announces Venue Tablet with Windows 8.1

Dell has announced a new 8-inch tablet called the Venue Tablet, running Windows 8.1 on Intel's next-gen Bay Trail Atom chip.

The Venue brand has been associated with various Android and Windows Phone smartphones over the years but didn't have much success. Dell shelved its smartphone plans to focus on Windows tablets and laptops, and now it seems Dell wants to revive the brand with the newly announced tablet.

The 8-inch tablet was shown on stage by Neil Hand, vice president for end user computing products at Dell, during a keynote at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The tablet will have long battery life and cellular connectivity options such as 3G/LTE along with a high resolution display, which aren't very common in Windows 8 tablets. The rest of the tablet's specifications have yet to be revealed by Dell, though the Venue tablet will be targeted at both consumers and enterprise customers.

Dell is holding an event in New York City on Oct. 2 where we would be able to find out more about this and many more devices coming out from the PC maker.

Source: CNET | Image via CNET

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Personally this has really grabbed my attention, it looks like a well built device which runs a full copy of 8.1! If the price is low enough, I wouldn't mind picking one of these up. I'd love a device running 8 which is actually touch.

This will be a huge flop

so let me get this straight.....the only reason why someone might want a windows tablet is for office. I mean I can't think of any other reason. Personally I'd rather use an ultrabook. Anyway, wouldn't it be better to run office on a 10" tablet rather than an 8"? if you HAD to have a tablet.

and what's up with that HUGE bezel?

I give this 12 months and the sales will speak volumes.....FLOP

Um... Office isn't the only reason to buy a Windows tablet.

Keep in mind that 90% of the enterprise still uses Windows & other Microsoft software, so Windows tablets (no matter what size) are more compatible. This means that they can run homegrown software that most companies use on their PCs. It also means they'll be easier to connect to their networks. And, yes... in the rare case you'd need to edit an Office document on the fly on an 8" tablet... this one could handle it.

why not just call it the Dellete tablet. you know. to commemorate dell's removal from the stock exchange. lol.

I might get one this year. I was going to skip stuff until next year's Surface refresh, but an 8 inch tablet could be something to tide me over until Surface gets replaced. We'll see.

Price?

Did you read news elsewhere about ASUS announces Transformer Book T100 with Windows 8.1, quad-core Bay Trail-T Atom CPU & 32 GB for $349 and 64 GB for $399?

At that price and Office included, is there any place for RT? Bay Trail and included Office have killed all of its selling points, and one has to wonder if Microsoft can come close to this price with the Surface 2, if not it will (and should) be DOA.

CygnusOrion said,
Please explain me the point of editing Office document on a tablet.

ouchhh... then what are the tablets for? Playing angry birds/fruit ninja like iPad and Android ones

calimike said,
Price?

Did you read news elsewhere about ASUS announces Transformer Book T100 with Windows 8.1, quad-core Bay Trail-T Atom CPU & 32 GB for $349 and 64 GB for $399?

its pretty amazing that these price points are finally reached. this is a 10.1 inch device,and it includes the detachable keyboard. It also has 11 hours battery life.

cpu is faster than any arm on the market,and the gpu is comparable to the gpu in ipad 4.

sure the screen res is only 1366x768, but its only $349.

Edited by vcfan, Sep 12 2013, 4:16am :

Office is not a huge selling point anymore. It didn't work for RT so I don't see it doing much going forward. Interesting enough, today in the computer room at work, a colleague signed in to check email. All the machines are running Windows XP with SP3 with Chrome installed as the default browser.

He uses Outlook.com as his web mail service. I noticed he received an attachment and he opened it, its a Excel spreadsheet. He didn't bother to even download it, just opened it in Excel Web App. Now, that's a sign of how much Office a user really needs these days.

I see a lot of document creation at work and for me personally, I still use Word a lot and I was (admittedly in Excel all day yesterday finalizing a complex time table). If you look at my usage of Office, its really at the Office. At home, I rarely use it and I still have Office 2007 installed.

CygnusOrion said,
Please explain me the point of editing Office document on a tablet.

And that is why it is genius to give it away for free.. because it will not effect the actual sales of full office because ppl will still need to buy it for desktops

The other main feature included those prices is a really nice looking keyboard. I would take T100 over any ultrabook/tablet unless a similarly priced/featured product comes out.

CygnusOrion said,
Please explain me the point of editing Office document on a tablet.

Oh, I dunno. What's the point of editing a document on a desktop? How about a laptop? Geeze...

vcfan said,

sure the screen res is only 1366x768, but its only $349.

I have a Dell 6320 i7 laptop (business use, sells for >US$2,300 and only has 1366x768 so that laptop should be usable!

pookie62 said,

I have a Dell 6320 i7 laptop (business use, sells for >US$2,300 and only has 1366x768 so that laptop should be usable!

oh yeah of course it is useable,especially on a 10 inch screen. im just saying cant complain about not having a way higher res screen for what youre getting at that price.

CygnusOrion said,
Please explain me the point of editing Office document on a tablet.

Tablet touch interface provided the best flow chart creation experience I have ever had.

I would say that for anything other than word the tablet is awesome. Spreadsheets are also really easy to work in on a tablet. I for one am pretty excited for a good 8" windows tablet. 8" tablets fit my hands like a cell phone fits most peoples hands.

"The Venue brand has been associated with various Android and Windows Phone smartphones over the years but didn't have much success."

So what makes Dell think it'll be a success this time around?

Because Dell is HUGE in enterprise. Windows PC's by Dell are #1 in companies and schools. As such, a dell tablet running Windows and Windows software is a huge proposition for businesses. Before Windows 8.x, Dell was just another "Android" phone maker in terms of mobile.