Dell Venue 8 Pro, quad-core full Windows 8.1 tablet now on sale for $299
On Friday, Dell began selling one of the first tablets with Intel’s Bay Trail processor, as small Windows 8.1 devices go quad core.
The $299 Dell Venue 8 Pro can be ordered online starting Friday with an estimated shipment date of October 25.
The tablet sports a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740D “Bay Trail” processor rated at speeds of up to 1.8GHz, a 32GB flash drive, and 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz RAM.
Dell is one of the first out of the gate with a soon-to-ship tablet packing Intel’s redesigned, higher-performance Atom processor.
Bay Trail offers performance that approaches Intel’s lower-end mainstream Core processors and benchmarks seem to bear that out.
The Venue 8 Pro boasts an 8-inch IPS display with 1,280×800 resolution — that’s a respectable 189 pixels per inch (PPI). By comparison, the iPad Mini has a PPI of 162.
Dell also begun selling Android tablets online starting Friday. The Venue 7 starts at $149.99 with an older Intel Atom Z2560 processor, and the Venue 8 starts at $179.99 with a previous-generation Intel Z2580 Atom processor.[button size=”medium” href=”http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-8-pro/pd?ST=dell%20venue%208%20pro&dgc=ST&cid=270552&lid=4960896&acd=123098073120560
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