Dell returns to Android with Intel-powered Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets

Poor old Dell. It was launching Android tablets back in the day (2010) when five-inches was considered tablet-sized, with its Dell Streak so far ahead of the game it was a bit of a disaster. Dell soon bailed on Android all together, but is now BACK — with the Dell Venue 8 and Dell Venue 7.

The new Dell Venue 8 has just been teased by Dell on Instagram, so we’re a bit short of actual FACTS about it, but what we do know is it’s running Android and is powered by an Intel chipset. Here’s a grainy capture of the Instagram teaser:

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Dell’s holding a full press event later today where it’ll unveil all its new tablets (most running Windows), so ought to be providing us with proper tech specs and high-res imagery of the Android Venue 8 soon.

UPDATE:
Dell’s now issued full details of the two Android models, saying the 7-inch Dell Venue 7 will sell for $149 (£92 approx), while the 8-inch model will cost $179 (£110). Both are powered by an Intel Atom Clover Trail processor (a 1.6GHz Z2560 in the 7 and a 2.0GHz Z2580 in the 8), 2GB of RAM and feature an unskinned Android 4.2.2 as the launch OS, with IPS displays running at 1,280 x 800. Dual-cameras and an SD card slot are also in place.

Here are some images:

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And here’s the release. You have to scroll down quite far for the Android bit, as Dell is clearly all about the Windows hardware at the moment:

Dell Venue Tablets: Connect, Share and Access Content with Ease
Dell Venue tablets are designed to give people on-the-go a wide-selection of sizes and options to meet their varying needs. From 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, to the 7 and 8-inch Android tablets, Dell has created a dedicated brand of tablets to meet the needs of customers who are the epitome of the evolving workforce.

Dell today took a bold step in unveiling a new family of tablets and new laptops, including a 2-in-1 Ultrabook. The Dell Venue line of tablets is comprised of four new ultrathin models designed to address the changing way people live and work today. Dell’s “” tablets, as described by leading Enderle Group analyst, Rob Enderle, deliver leading performance and quality, backed by Intel processing technology. With compact designs that make it easy to stay connected on the go, the Dell Venue tablets have an exquisite fit and finish.

In addition to the versatile new Dell Venue tablets, Dell is introducing new XPS laptops, each with breakthrough displays for a phenomenal viewing experience with vibrant, crisp images in any available screen size. The new XPS 11, the thinnest, most compact 2-in-1 in the world, also features the first Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1. The XPS 15 multimedia powerhouse boasts a stunningly thin design, and offers as an option the first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display in the world, which is the highest resolution available on a laptop of that size. Dell is also refreshing its award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life.

With these three laptops, Dell is leading the industry with the highest resolution displays possible.“People today expect the best experience possible from their technology – they are counting on it to keep them connected and move with them, wherever they are,” said Sam Burd, vice president Dell Personal Computing Group. “The new Dell Venue tablets and XPS laptops give customers the stellar experience they expect from us, with performance that allows them to work how they want, when they want, in a design they’ll be proud to show off and own.”Dell Venue tablets are designed to give people on-the-go a wide-selection of sizes and options to meet their varying needs. From 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, to the 7 and 8-inch Android tablets, Dell has created a dedicated brand of tablets to meet the needs of customers who are the epitome of the evolving workforce.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1-based tablets combine the level of performance, design and responsiveness end-users love while giving IT departments what they need – the ability to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration. Both tablets feature optional advanced security features and services such as TPM and Dell Enterprise Services.

The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS display, advanced connectivity options and provides long battery life so range anxiety is no longer an issue. People can also stay productive with Office 2013 Home & Student, included with the device, and the optional Dell Active Stylus.

The Dell Venue 11 Pro, also based on Windows 8.1, provides ultimate 2-in-1 flexibility with the power of an Ultrabook, convenience of a detachable keyboard and experience of a desktop. Unlike competitive tablets, it has a user removable/replaceable battery, and its large, Full HD display with wide viewing angles makes it easy to read and create content while staying mobile. It is also available with a variety of keyboard and stylus options:

Dell Active Stylus makes it easy to annotate, draw or take notes.

Dell Slim Keyboard, designed for travel, also serves as a cover for the screen when folded up.

Dell Mobile Keyboard with integrated battery provides all day productivity with a full-sized keyboard while extending the battery life.

Dell Tablet Desktop Dock delivers full productivity on a desk with USB 3.0 ports, and dual display out ports for display extension.

The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 Android-based tablets are affordable, feature-rich tablets for people who want to be constantly connected wherever they are. Both tablets have an upscale fit and finish, and are designed with longevity in mind with the right components so that customers will be just as delighted with their tablet one year from now, as they are on the day they take it out of the box.

All Dell Venue tablets are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency. The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 feature Intel Atom Z2760 (“Clover Trail”) processors, while the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro feature the new Intel Atom quad-core processors, code named “Bay Trail.” The Venue 11 Pro offers up to 4th Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options and Intel vPro for manageability.

Dell Venue 7 Specifications

Feature Technical specification
Display 7.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with capacitive multi-touch
Processor Intel® Atom™ processor Z2560 (up to 1.6GHz Dual-Core)
Hard Drive 16GB6 eMMC storage
Memory 2GB LP-DDR2
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Wireless LAN Dual band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi + GPS
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband2
Integrated Intel 3G/HSPA+ (option)
Battery 15.5Whr8 (4100mAh), 1-Cell Battery
Power Adapter 10 Watt AC Adapter
Webcam Integrated VGA Webcam (front) / 3MP (back)
Card Reader Micro-SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, supporting up to 32GB6)
Ports & Connectors 1 x Micro-AB USB2.0 (for trickle charging)
1 x Headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x 3FF micro-SIM slot (optional)
Weight Starting at 234g / 0.52lb9
Dimensions Thickness: 9.6mm
Width: 118mm
Length: 193mm
Operating System Android Jellybean 4.2.2
Warranty 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty4

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