Dell launches sleek new Venue tablet line, dumps Windows RT

by David Needle

October 2 2013

The new Dell Venue 8 tablets.
The new Dell Venue 8 tablets.

Dell rolled out several new tablet models at a packed New York press event today. The Dell Venue tablet line will include both Windows 8.1 and Android-based models.

With the Venue line, due out for sale starting October 18, Dell is leveraging its mobile expertise as well as its security and networking portfolio to appeal to corporate customers and also a broader range of users with both 8- and 11-inch models.

It's also pricing the two Android models very competitively with market leaders Amazon and Google, while the Windows line is also priced competively with the iPad.

Dell was one of handful of companies selling ARM-based Windows RT tablets, but confirmed earlier reports that it has no plans to refresh that line. Microsoft is currently the only vendor selling Windows RT (soon to be Windows 8.1 RT) tablets.

Both the Dell Venue 8 Pro ($299.99) and Dell Venue 11 Pro ($499.99) Windows 8.1-based tablets feature optional security features including TPM and Dell Enterprise Services. All of the new tablets include Dell's PocketCloud for remote access to your desktop or other devices.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro includes Office 2013 Home & Student edition and an optional Dell Active Stylus.

The other new Windows 8.1 tablet, the Dell Venue 11 Pro, offers an optional detachable keyboard, replaceable battery and several other optional accessories.

“We’re leaving it up to the customer as to how they want to customize,” said Dell VP Neil Hand.


Those accessories include the stylus, the Dell Slim Keyboard that also serves as a cover, the Dell Mobile keyboard with integrated battery for extended battery life, and the Dell Tablet Desktop Dock with USB 3.0 ports, and dual display out ports for using external monitors.

Low-priced Android tablets

On the value side, Dell is also going to be offering the Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android-based tablets. The 7- and 8-inch models will be priced at a very competitive $149.99 and $179.99 respectively.

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