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

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


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.

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