Dell was one of the first companies to launch 8 inch Windows 8 tablets. Now the company is updating its line of small Windows tablets with a new model.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series tablets looks a lot like the 5000 Series models that launched late last year. But the new models are priced as low as $200, which makes them at least $50 cheaper than the 5000 series tablets.
Dell did cut some corners to bring the price down. The Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series has an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor and 1GB of RAM while the 5000 Series has an Atom Z3745D CPU and 2GB of memory.
The 3000 Series tablets also lack the active digitizer and support for pressure-sensitive pen input that you get with the higher-end model and the cheaper tablets have single-band 802.11n WiFi rather than dual-band.
Other features are largely the same though, including the 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 32GB of built-in storage, and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablets have 5MP rear cameras and 1.2MP front cameras, microSD card slots, and they measure about 8.5″ x 5.1″ x 0.35″ and weigh less than 14 ounces.
There’s one more thing setting the Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series and 5000 Series tablets apart. For some reason Dell offers a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal when you buy the cheaper model, but the Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series comes with a full license for Office Home & Student 2013 which never expires.
Dell is hardly the first company to offer a Windows tablet for around $200 or less. But while it’s largely following the standard playbook by shipping a tablet with an Atom Z3735 series processor and 1GB of RAM, it’s nice to see that Dell’s model has more than the bare minimum of 16GB of built-in storage.