The Dell Venue 8 Pro is a small, inexpensive Windows tablet that was first launched in late 2013. Now it looks like Dell is expanding the Venue 8 Pro family with a few small updates.
The company quietly started selling models with a slightly faster graphics processor recently. And starting in November there’ll be a new, cheaper option available in some markets.
When Dell first introduced the Venue 8 Pro tablet in 2013 it featured an Intel Atom Z3740D quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB to 64GB of storage. The tablet has an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display touchscreen display with an active digitizer.
While Dell doesn’t include a pressure-sensitive digital pen in the box, you can buy one separately and use it with any of the original Dell Venue 8 Pro models.
Now a glance at Dell’s online store shows that the company now offers select models with Intel Atom Z3745D processors. These chips are a lot like the Atom Z3740D processors found in the older tablets, but they support higher graphics burst frequencies.
That doesn’t mean Dell is done selling tablets with Atom Z3740D chips. In fact, the folks at TabTec noticed that Dell seems to have a new model with that processor on the way.
This new model has the same screen size, storage, and operating system as the original. But the new Dell Venue 8 Pro has 1GB of RAM instead of 2GB and seems to lack the active digitizer.
Sure, the new model isn’t quite as powerful as the older version… but it’s cheaper. Amazon Germany is taking pre-orders for the new Dell Venue 8 Pro for 159 Euros. It’s expected to ship November 4th.
There’s no word on whether the new, cheaper model will be available in the United States anytime soon, but it’s not like the Dell Venue 8 Pro with an active digitizer is expensive in the US. Dell sells the tablet for $250 and up, and you can pick one up for around $200 from Amazon.