It's probably not going to surprise anyone to know that Dell is hurting in a post-PC world. Their overall profit has been shrinking and their brand is not really synonymous with "new and sexy", especially in the tablet space. But with a new iteration of budget tablets, the Venue 7 and Venue 8, Dell is continuing to try and make inroads into the world of mobile devices – again.
The new Venue 7 is a seven inch tablet that costs $160. The Venue 7 features an Intel Atom Z3460 CPU, a 1280 x 800 screen resolution, and 16 of storage with a MicroSD card slot – a good set of specs for what it is priced at. Undercutting the Nexus 7, this tablet may actually have a market it could appeal to considering its decent build compared to other similarly priced offerings.
The Venue 8 will run you $200, but has better internals than its smaller counterpart. The Venue 8 will have an Intel Atom Z3480 CPU, 1920 x 1200 HD display, and similar storage options to the Venue 7. Once again, nothing really crazy here – just a good product for the price range.
Both tablets are due out the 1st of July and will ship with Android 4.4 (KitKat). I think the devices have the potential to sell. The problem continuing to be that Dell simply isn't a first thought, or even a second, when folks go out to buy a new tablet. Some decent targeted marketing of these and their other new products could go a long way, and maybe in the process start to turn Dell's business around.
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