It’s hard to jump into the Android tablet game, which is what Dell belatedly tried to do last year. But, the Venue 7 and Venue 8 were decent machines at decent prices, and their successors look to be even more impressive. They’re sticking with Intel processors, this time moving up to Intel’s Atom Z34 series Merrifield processors. Merrifield was actually part of the mobile Silvermont family of SoCs unveiled last year, but we’re just now starting to see Merrifield devices. The processors were meant for smartphones, but should perform well enough for the two new tablets. Specifically, the Venue 7 will have a Z3460 processor and the Venue 8 will have a Z3480 processor.
Resolution on the displays hasn’t been specified, but Dell describes the Venue 7 as having an HD display, while the Venue 8 has a Full HD processor – so, it’s a good bet that you’ll be looking at 1280 x 800 and 1920 x 1080, respectively. Both will run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, while sound will be coming from Waves MAXXAudio Pro. The tablets will come in black or red. No word on battery life, unfortunately. As for accessories, you’ll have the option of grabbing a wireless charging case, a range of folio cases, and a portable Bluetooth speaker.
Meanwhile, the Inspiron 13 refresh will now sport an Intel Haswell Core processor – not the new Core M Broadwell processor Intel is launching this week. It’ll have 13.3” Full HD display and a backlit keyboard, too. Bonuses include a passive stylus and 20 GB of free Dropbox storage.
The Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets will be available on July 1 for $160 and $200, respectively. The Inspiron 13 7000 series will arrive sometime in September.