Dell may be planning to update its line of 8 inch Windows tablets with a new mode featuring a faster processor and an optional higher-resolution display. According to leaked documents obtained by Giga, there’s one thing that the new Dell Venue 8 Pro will have in common with older models: support for a Dell Active Stylus.


If the slides published by Giga are accurate, here’s what we can expect from the new Dell Venue 8 Pro 5000 series (5855) tablet:

  • 8 inch screen with 1280 x 800 and 1920 x 1200 display options
  • Intel Atom x5 Cherry trail processor
  • Windows 10
  • 802.11ac WiFi, Miracast and WiDi wireless display, and NFC
  • USB Type-C port
  • Support for a Dell Active Stylus for pressure-sensitive writing or drawing

There’s also an optional 3D depth-sensing camera, optional support for 4G LTE and/or HSPA+ and optional docking stations that add HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, and USB ports.

The tablet is said to measure 8.5″ x 5.1″ x 0.35″ and weigh 14 ounces.

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20 replies on “Next-gen Dell Venue 8 Pro to feature Cherry Trail CPU, full HD display?”

  1. and how much that docking station cost!? let me guess x2 as the tablet.

  2. wow finally an alternative to the only pixel dense small mainstream windows tablet, the overly overpriced ThinkPad 8. I know there are Chinese alternatives but I never buy anything without warranties. Progress goes so fast!

    1. I used SquareTrade for my Cube Stylus i7 even after $70 for the warranty still came out cheaper

  3. In an apparent admission of the fiasco of their Synaptcs
    active digitzer and stylus pen used in the original Venue 8 Pro,
    Dull is going with Wacom for their upcoming Venue 8 Pro.

  4. Its about time. The mainstream Windows tablet makers have been really behind lately. Chinese tablet makers have already been making 8-10″ Windows 8 and 10 tablets with 1920×1200 and 2560×1440 screens.

    1. Even the refurbished Nook HDs that I bought my whole family a couple years ago have 7 inch 1600×900 displays. Between that and my Kobo H2O, it’s hard for me to imagine using any small device with less resolution.

      Even if it takes manufacturers awhile to burn through existing stock, hopefully nobody is producing new displays with less than full-HD resolution anymore.

      1. Wow, that is exactly what I’m looking for. I’m afraid to ask how much. HP tends to price stuff like this rather high.

        1. Yikes, I just looked it up. $429 for the 2gb RAM model, and $700 for the 4gb RAM model.

          I think I will buy a Teclast X98 Pro. I could buy 3 of them for that price

          1. Exactly. They’re not cheap at all. if you’re going to spend that much, might as well buy a Surface 3.

            I’ll have my hands on one next week, so I hope to find out why they are charging so much… The Teclast X98 Pro is nice. I just wish they would put a decent Wireless chip in them. The 2.4Ghz band is too congested where I live. I wouldn’t mind seeing an 8″ Tablet with a 2048 x 1536 screen with the Atom X7-Z8700. The new Core M 6Y series would be nice too, for a little bit more.

          2. I have a surface and an 8 inch win tablet and find the 8 inch form factor of my Acer W4 much more useful for my needs. I’d love to buy a surface mini which is just a surface shrunk to 8 inches.

          3. I’ve been wanting a 4gb 128hd 1080p+ 8 inch tablet for a long time. The dell is interesting but the HP 608 has all the specs I want. I’ll probably wait till Jan. 2016 to replace my current 8inch Acer W4

  5. I have the Venue 8 7000 for Android and really like the build quality and performance. I might consider this as a Windows option if the performance and battery life is acceptable. I wouldn’t mind seeing them be a little different and lose the back camera. I’ve never used it on my Dell android.

  6. Before the Asus VivoTab Note 8 came out, I seriously considered getting a Dell Tablet with pen support. Unfortunately, the Dell Active Stylus got terrible reviews and I just couldn’t bring myself to get the Dell as a result. Does anyone know if Dell worked out the kinks with the active stylus and is it a good alternative to Wacom or NTrig technology?

    1. Their latest pen released this year finally fixes the issue. I have the 2nd gen pen for my DV8 Pro and it still had a lot of problem.

    2. Well it is a very similar technology to ntrig with electronic induction where an electrical charge is sent through the screen, hence the battery used while wacom uses electronic resonance which needs no battery. I am guessing it is mainly software support that is causing issue with synaptics.

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