Dell appears to be working on an updated version of its Venue 8 Android tablet. The upcoming Dell Venue 8 3840 started popping up in benchmark test results recently, and while the original Venue 8 (3830) has an Intel Atom Z2580 “Clover Trail+” processor, the new version seems to have a faster chip… Mobile Geeks notes it’s most likely one of Intel’s new “Merrifield” processors.
According to A1Dev, the Dell Venue 8 3840 has a 2.13 GHz Ghz processor, Android 4.4 KitKat software, and 1GB of RAM.
PasssMark results show the chip is a dual-core processor, and also suggest that the tablet offers decent overall performance: it comes in ahead of the original HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy Note, or the original Google Nexus 7 in test results.
The only 2.13 GHz dual-core chip Intel offers for mobile devices is the Atom Z3480, which is a low power, 64-bit processor aimed at smartphones and tablets. The chip features PowerVR G6400 graphics and should offer better performance and longer battery life than Intel’s earlier chips for mobile devices.
Dell currently charges $180 and up for its Venue 8 line of Android tablets. There’s no word on whether the new models will carry the same price tags if and when they launch.
It’s also worth noting that the Venue 8 with a Clover Trail+ processor has 2GB of RAM. While the system showing up in benchmarks has just half that much memory, it’s not clear if Dell actually plans to offer a new model with less memory or if the company is simply testing pre-release hardware that may differ from the device that the company will eventually launch.
Merrifield chips can support up to 4GB of RAM, but you usually can’t upgrade the RAM yourself on phones and tablets the way you would with a laptop or desktop computer.