The Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 series is now here, bringing with it some reduction in hardware specifications to go with a reduction in price. It is pretty much in the budget category now.
This is an update to the company’s Venue 8 Pro portfolio.
Dell recently refreshed a number of its Windows powered products, including a switch to Broadwell based Core M processor for the Venue 11 Pro. And now, this new 3000 series has become official as an update to the previously available 5000 series.
And the biggest difference between the two is price.
The new lineup of devices can be purchased for as low as $200, which is a solid $50 less than what the previously available 5000 series cost. This is essentially a low end line of tablets.
Here is a nicely produced video showing it in action:
Cost cutting on a number of levels was necessary to arrive at this price point, however. First off, these new tablets only house 1GB of RAM, as opposed to the 2GB available on the previous models. And secondly, they come with single band WiFi 802.11, instead of a dual band option.
Dell also offers a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal on these cheaper variants, while the more expensive Venue 8 Pro 5000 series includes a full license of Office Home & Student 2013.
Other than that, most of the hardware specifications stay the same — you get an 8-inch 1280 x 800 pixels resolution IPS display, two cameras, 32G of internal storage that is expandable via microSD cards, and an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor.
Interestingly, the tablets are available in black and white, but for some odd reason, the latter model is a little bit more expensive at $219. Didn’t think a glossy white finish costs this much extra!
Nevertheless, more options for Windows fans out there, and that’s good news.