Dell is entering the budget tablet space with a $150 Android tablet with a 7 inch screen and an Intel Atom processor. The Dell Venue 7 doesn’t quite have the specs to compete with Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 7. But with a $150 price tag, it’s not really competing with those $229 models.

Instead, Dell is positioning its smallest, cheapest tablet as a versatile entry-level device.

Dell Venue 7

The tablet features a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage.

It also has a microSD card slot if you need additional storage space, and the tablet supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. There’s also an option for an integrated HSPA+ modem.

The Dell Venue 7 has a 15.5 Whr battery, a 3MP rear camera and VGA camera facing the front. It has a micro USB port, headset jack, and a SIM card slot on 3G models.

The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software, and Dell includes its PocketCloud app which lets you access images or other files stored online using Dell’s Wyse PocketCloud service.

The Dell Venue 7 measures 7.6″ x 4.6″ x 0.38″ and weighs 8.3 ounces. It’s expected to go on sale October 18th for $149.99 and up.

 

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12 replies on “Dell’s Venue 7 tablet offers 7 inches of Android for $150”

  1. I got the venue 7 a week ago and it seems to have problems with the netflix app. it launches and plays without stuttering but the resolution of the video while in netflix app (major release movies) is poor. It has jaggies and seems to have lower resolution. other video such as form you tube looks great. Also teh display seems to kind of dim, regardless of what the tablet is doing.

  2. Hi. thanks for the info. I have this query. Does this tablet comes with a sim card slot where I can use a 3g card and get internet ?. Im not able to understand “optional ” means here. I chatted with DELL support. They also took long time and responded, that Dell venue 7 dont have Data support, but will introduce a new tablet with hspa soon.

  3. Since it’s not an ARM processor, will it not run ARM specific android apps such as most video players (including Netflix), most games, and most system utility apps?

      1. I have an android x86 vm on my laptop. Most apps work just fine, but many high profile apps especially video players such as Netflix and many games don’t work due to a dependency on the ARM instruction set.

        1. I have the Venue 7 and Netflix works fine. I heard that Android apps are written in a dialect of Java so there is no dependency on the underlying chip instruction set.

          1. How do I get the Netflix t run on my Venue 7? Do I need to dwnld an app? I’m so green at these electronics, any any help soooo apprec. Tnx. Activforlife. At AOL.com

          2. You need a subscription to Netflix. Then tap on the Play Store icon and search for the Netflix app and install it.

  4. I like Dell and have been loyal to Dell for 10+ years
    Does the Dell Venue 7 come with an Offline GPS (regular GPS we have in our cars; NO need of data plan) ???
    OR is there a 3/4G Data Plan required to use the GPS ??????

    1. There is an app called Copilot which requires no data. You download the map right to your tablet, phone

  5. I think in the past people have bought Dell for low price, reasonable quality, and reasonable performance. This looks like a good fit for people who trust the Dell name and are looking for a tablet. So to me this tablet, and the line of tablets they are introducing, seems like a good move by Dell.

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