IDF 2013: Dell shows off new Venue tablet running Windows 8.1

IDF 2013: Dell shows off new Venue tablet running Windows 8.1

Summary: The company recycles the former name of its smartphone for an 8-inch slate using Intel's Bay Trail Atom processor.

SHARE:
11
dell-venue-tablet-windows-8

Dell is hoping for better luck with a new product named Venue than its old one. The company tried to break into the smartphone world a couple of years ago with the Venue Pro, which ran Windows Phone 7, but failed to gain much traction.

Now, it's trying again with a new Venue, an 8-inch tablet that will run Windows 8.1 and contain Intel's new Bay Trail Atom processor. The Venue was displayed at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco yesterday. Not a lot of information is known about the Venue, though it will have a screen resolution of 1,280x800, and optional keyboard and stylus accessories, according to our sister site CNET.

The mini-tablet form factor was mostly missing from the first generation of Windows 8 tablets, which tended to be 10- or (hybrid) 11.6-inch slates instead. But more recently, Acer has released the 8-inch Iconia W3 and Toshiba has announced the Encore, which is simiarly sized and also uses a Bay Trail processor.

Priced at $329, the Encore doesn't quite hit the low prices Intel has promised for Bay Trail-powered Windows tablets, but maybe the Dell Venue will hit a more aggressive price point. We'll find out on October 2 in New York, when the company officially launches the product.

[Photo via CNET]

Topics: Mobility, Dell, Tablets, Windows

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

11 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Dell Venue

    I heard it had a 1080p screen resolution.
    Dreyer Smit
  • Umm...

    I'm an iPad fanboi, but I must admit, that's gorgeous.
    m0o0o0o0o
  • What about battery life?

    "Little is known about the Venue", except we know that if they're not talking about battery life, then it's likely not that great! Gotta have at least 10 hours of life for any tablet coming out in 2013. The device is pretty (and will make many consumers forget to ask about battery life!).
    krisoccer
    • Dell: 8-inch "Bay Trail" Venue. Battery: 10+ hours. Price: $299

      From Paul Thurrott Windows SuperSite
      thekman58
  • Atom vs. Arm..

    I wonder?
    JCitizen
  • Finally windows 8 tablets

    that aren't 16:9. 4:3 would be a nice option, but 16:10 is significantly better than full widescreen. Hopefully they and others continue this into the 10 inch tablet segment.
    Sam Wagner
  • Dell Venue = Intel Baytrail + Microsoft Windows 8 = Greaaat !

    We stop buying laptop and net book in favor tablets. Have you tried smart phones with Intel and Microsoft lately?
    Netteligent
  • Will Be Just As Successful As All The Previous “Venue” Devices

    Dell seriously needs to plan for a future less dependent on Microsoft Windows.
    ldo17
    • Yeah, they could go Android, and then completely shut down operations,

      since, they would be just another "also ran" Android tablet maker, barely noticeable in a platform dominated by Samsung, with the rest eating Samsung's dust.
      adornoe@...
  • namal (Savenext.bogspot.com)

    "Little is known about the Venue", except we know that if they're not talking about battery life, then it's likely not that great! Gotta have at least 10 hours of life for any tablet coming out in 2013. The device is pretty (and will make many consumers forget to ask about battery life!).
    wow.............
    http://adf.ly/VmXyc
    Duminda Jauasingha
  • I have to admit this is probably one of the nicest looking tablets Made

    To include the iPad. This thing looks Really nice. I have been waiting for a Bay Trail tablet, and this may very well be the one I get.
    jamz2277