The Dell Venue 11 Pro is a 10.8 inch Windows tablet with support for a range of accessories including an optional digital pen, keyboard dock, or desktop dock. Dell offers models with Intel Atom, Core i3, and Core i5 processors, and up until recently prices for the cheapest model started at $500.
So while I was pretty impressed with the Intel Atom Bay Trail-powered tablet I tested recently, I was a little less enamored with the price.
Now Dell has launched a new model that starts at $430.
If you spend less, you do get less. The new tablet has a 1366 x 728 pixel display instead of a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen, for instance. And it has 32GB of storage instead of 64GB.
The new cheaper tablet does have one slight upgrade over earlier models. It’s powered by a new Intel Atom Z3775D processor instead of an Atom Z3770 chip… although the chips are similar enough that I suspect you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference in performance.
Other specs remain largely unchanged, including the tablet’s 2GB of RAM, 802.11n 2×2 dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and 1.6 pound weight.
The tablet has a micro SD card slot, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, a mini HDMI port, and comes with Office Home & Student 2013.
The lower screen resolution and smaller amount of built-in storage might make the tablet a bit less attractive than its higher-priced counterparts. But it still has some “Pro” level features including a user replaceable battery and support for Dell’s keyboard cases, dekstop docking station, and digital pen.