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Dell announces new Venue 8 Pro and Venue 10 Pro Windows 10 tablets with USB Type-C

Dell has announced two new professional-grade tablets. The Venue 8 Pro and Venue 10 Pro 5000 series are designed for use in healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries. Further expanding on the capabilities of solutions offered to business by Dell, these new Windows 10-powered portable devices are specifically tested for deployment in said fields.

The new tablets are powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, as well as Windows 10. Wacom technology has been used for the compatible stylus, while 2x2 Wi-Fi, LTE connectivity and optional NFC ensures there's enough means for wireless communication. Dell has also opted for USB Type-C for ease-of-use. So, what's the difference between the Venue 8 Pro and the Venue 10 Pro?

The former features an 8-inch HD (1280x800) or FHD (1080p) display, while the more advanced Venue 10 Pro has a 10.1-inch FHD (1920x1200) screen with support for a 2-in-1 keyboard to switch between tablet and laptop modes. Dual speakers and microphones are also at hand for easier interaction with Windows 10's personal assistant, Cortana. Then there's the USB Type-C, USB Type A, micoHDMI, microSD and lock slot.

The Venue 8 Pro starts from $299, and the Venue 10 Pro will set purchasers back $429. Availability wasn't detailed, though we've seen reports pointing to November. The company hopes services and management solutions also sold around these tablets will make them more appealing to business customers.

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87 Comments
  • Looks pretty decent.
  • For ​$429? With a little bit more you can get a Surface
  • But does the surface have a usb type c though? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That USB type C is the reason I would get instead of a Surface, since means 4k support at 60hz, I think Surface only gets 4k at 30hz
  • wait a couple weeks, see what the surface 4 supports though. All in all, I think these devices are cool, and the small savings will add up when deployed in large numbers. As someone that writes code for the healthcare inductry, I hope to see some of these.
  • >>"As someone that writes code for the healthcare industry" That is nice, my parents are both physicians and I've always think the healthcare applications have much more features than consumer applications (email client, chat, cloud storage, cloud notes) Writing medical software is also better paid than writing consumer software. Thats why I think these tablets are great for physicians, surgeons, nurse, etc and much better than an iPad.
  • Having seen it from the inside, there is a lot that needs to be added to EHR software lol. The company I work for works with doctors to help design what is needed (along with what is government mandated)
  • The 4GB version of the Surface starts at $599. Having used the newest Atoms at 2GB, I would say 4GB is needed if you ever want to screen share.
  • Amen. 2 GB is not enough
  • Surface with 4GB is actually $599. With pen and keyboard it's about $770.
  • does anyone know when all the normal non pro win10 tablets will come out? Before Christmas I hope. Want to buy one for my grandmother.
  • Non pro tablets are the equivalent of RT and we know what happened to that OS so I wouldn't expect those anytime soon.....
  • I think he's talking about the 7" tablets that will run Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Not true. Non-Pro to MS means less than 10". The Surface 3 is not pro, has an Intel proc and doesn't have RT.
  • And here we have an eight inch "Pro" tablet.
  • S3's screen is bigger than 10"...
  • Pro means different things to different companies. For Dell, Pro means the Windows version of the tablet. As they also have Android versions which are not called Pro.
    To Microsoft Pro is the size of the tablet, etc.
  • I have the previous Dell Venue 8 Pro and it has the non pro Windows on it, came with a free Office 2013, an offer then valid only for devices with non pro Windows on them. So it's better to always check the specifications.
  • Evidently "pro" doesn't mean anything to Apple
  • Actually, to Apple the word "pro" means "Pay more for the same, dumbass" :p
  • I think OEMs will wait until 2016, since now Windows 8.1 devices with screen smaller than 10" have Office 365 subscription for 1 year for free, which makes them more valuable than a Windows Mobile device without this subscription. This subscription is nice since it gets Office 365 + 1TB One Drive + Free Skype minutes every month.  
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    There are many better examples around the world of how to delivery advertising in support of content.
    Overbearing advertising like that on Windows Central is why the world and his brother are using Adblock Plus!
  • "Any website that crashes an internet browser doesn't deserve my business."   Yet you visit Windows central with an ad blocker, so either they crash your browser (with minimal ads I doubt that) and you shouldn't be visiting the site, or it doesn't crash your browser and they deserve your business so you should whitelist the site.
  • 4GB RAM surely means 64bit OS.
  • Yes, you are not getting a useable 4GB on a consumer 32bit OS regalrdess of whatever hacks you put in place.
  • Hope adobe provides good support with windows 10 mobile. Currently we are lacking proper support from adobe on wp.
  • What are you talking about
  • This^
  • Adobe has some really good, touch friendly, mobile apps that are currently available only for Apple products. There are quite a few people who have been clamoring for their release on Windows for a time now.
  • In the Netherlands the surface pro i3 64gb still costs€ 819. Very expensive, that's the reason I bought the Asus chi 300 fhd. That was€650. So I guess this dell will cost also more here.
  • I'm glad they ditched the Synaptics stylus solution for wacom.
  • Yeah, I had to have a replacement stylus... But even still battery life and power management is nothing like the surface pro 3 pen... With the dell pen, I have to take the battery out when not in use... I dont do that with the surface pen... Other than that the first generation venue pro 8 and 10 were great. Well... The touch keyboard on the 10 makes my girlfriend go crazy at times... Good luck Dell! Pretty much the only alternative to surface computers/tablets I will buy. Xps products are solid.
  • I have Asus Vivotab Note 8 with Wacom and I am very dissatisfied with its pen. The calibration is always a little off. Especially when you are drawing near sides, it is so much off that it is practically useless. I don't know if this is a general problem with Wacom technology or if this is a problem with Asus Vivotab. I am very willing to try other technologies especially the N-trig of Surfaces.
  • Everything is getting titled "Pro" nowadays after the Surface Pro.
  • Yep
  • Also weird is that the previous generation wasn't directed to business, BUT had Pro in the name :-/
  • That's a good deal for the pro...
  • That darn 7 eating all the 9's.
  • The Venue 8 Pro looks like a pretty decent tablet, I'll have to wait for reviews and see if I can get a hands-on when it gets to stores.
  • It does look decent. I have the Windows 8 version of the Venue 8 Pro from a couple of years ago and use it every day.
  • I've heard great things about the Venue 8 Pro but I didn't pick it up because I wanted a FHD screen instead of a HD. Now that this Venue has a FHD I might have to consider buying one.
  • It will eat up into the battery life though, somebody has to feed those pixels. At 8" I'd say 1280x800 is okayish, although full HD will definitely look prettier.
  • To be far... 720 is perfect for this size, i am using the steam 7 and i don't think it that bad of a screen, as great colour and things are really sharp... its annoys me that phones as getting 2k display's
  • Hmm choices I'm up for the Dell Venu 8 Pro if it has a 128Gb HD option But the HP Pro 608 has something out right now CherryTrail, 4GB ram, 128GB HD, 2048 x 1536 resolution but that one at that specs is about $700 So when this comes out I'll weigh my options, I'm willing to pay a little more for 128Gb and 2048 x 1536 of the HP Pro 608 if the Dell does not offer a 128Gb option. Nice to have at least a couple of options for a high powered 8 inch windows Tablet. I have an Acer W4 that I really love but want to upgrade to something a little more powerfull with a full HD screen.
  • Oh nice!  Weak processor, but fine for a real office suite productivity tool that isn't a tablet OS.
  • Does the Venue Pro 10 have free Office? (I'm talking about the Office apps, not the desktop ones)
  • I think no. I think tablets 8" and less that will have the free Office apps.
  • 10.1" and less actually.
  • Awesome! If that's the case, I might actually get this one to replace my XPS 10 (it runs on Windows RT).
  • I love my venue 8 pro. I may upgrade to this year's 10" model.
  • It is so confusing to see the words Atom and professional with the same device. Must be one or the other. Fix it Dell..,
  • Why? Its x86-64 and the new Atoms are a different kind of cookie compared to old style netbook Atoms.
  • Atom and professional is not confusing. Today's Atom processors are powerful. I have a laptop with an Atom processor and it handles Visual Studio Pro 2013 and SQL Sever Express 2013 very well. I am about the add Visual Studio Online to the mix to get access to TFS. My current OS is Windows 10 Pro.
  • What laptop do you own that has an Atom processor?!
  • At the moment, none. Guys, I know that Atoms have come a long way but they are still the button tier of Intels CPUs.
  • Which is exactly why it CAN be perfect for the professional setting. Not all systems need much of anything for processing power, when the server is doing all the calculations for you. The software I work on, does just that, and it happens to be EHR software, so these would be perfect to see out in the field. I'm hoping they get largely adopted.
  • Intel Atoms are good for productivity if you don't require 3D edition or play 3D games, you should know that iPad is used in the healthcare industry and these devices have very similar specs in CPU and graphics than an iPad Air2 or a IPad Mini4.
  • Atom has come a long way, very powerful chips
  • Todays Atoms are far better than 1st gen, that I get. What I don't get is why Dell thinks that the lowest tier Intel cpu should be inside a professional tablet. Atoms are for consumers in this form factor imo.
  • Because it's a tablet...
    The demands and requirements are different. Battery life and passive cooling are far more important than having Core i5 power.
    Also, if you think Atom's are underpowered, just have a look at the following video;
    http://youtu.be/jsknvi3POMk
  • Because of the popularity of the iPad on the health care industry, that is why. This device competes directly with an iPad for physicians and health care workers.
  • Huh? Baytrail and Cherry trail Atom CPU's are more than enough to do anything as far as office apps, media content, photoshop etc. The only thing these tablets really can;t do is hardcore gaming. Atom is X86 and runs full windows. Infact their has not been any Windows tablets in the last couple of years that was Arm/RT so not sure why people are still confused.
  • The 10 looks like a pretty good price, especially with Wacom support.  The Samsung Note 10.1 can be had about the same price, but iirc that only has 2gb RAM
  • This is nice, USB Type C is a synonym of Thunderbolt 2 or 3, which means this device supports 4k resolution at 60hz. I love the new Atom Cherry Trail CPU, it is as powerful as a Snapdragon 810 or an Apple A8
  • What's weird to me is that the V8P has 1280x800 (16:10) or a 1920x1080 (16:9) screen. So the external sizing is different too? I'd say the V8P is in 1280x800 or 1920x1200 to both be 16:10 devices.  
  • So I've recently taken the plunge and ordered a £60 ($100) 8" tablet from China. It's not shown up yet so can't comment on build quality but, as far as specs are concerned, it actually betters the Venue 8 Pro in some ways. It also has the latest Atom Quad core, it has a higher res screen (1920x1200), dual boots Windows 10 AND Android. It only has 32GB built in storage but I've got a few spare 64GB micro SDs kicking around. 2GB RAM is the only potential big difference but for what I'm going to use it for, it should be plenty. Also doesn't have 3G/LTE but I don't really want to sign up to another contract anyway. Does anyone think that these weird knock offs from China could actually gather some main stream success? They're every bit as good as the releases from the big guys on the specs front and I'd rather pay a quarter of the price and have something that's almost disposable!  
  • Please provide the link. Then we can assess if it is any good...
    (AFAIK, the only Chinese tabs at that price point are running older Z37** series Atoms...which makes a big difference)
  • Doh looks like you're right, it's the Z37 series Atom. Still, for £60 it'll be fine for browsing the web etc. It was the same price as a 1 year Office 365 subscription which it comes with so I'm still happy! http://www.banggood.com/Chuwi-HI8-Intel-Z3736F-Quad-Core-8-Inch-Dual-Boo...        
  • I thought you were going to say Chuwi Hi8.
    It's a good bit of kit for the price by all accounts. However, I've had enough of the Z37** series tablets. The X5/X7 are such a big step up.
  • How does this compare to the ausus t100ha?
  • T100ha screen is weak compared to these Venues. 10.1" 16:10 WXGA (1280x800).
  • Where is a small tablet, with decent specifications and a hi res screen with an aspect ratio like 4:3 or 3:2. I like the look of the HP pro tablet 608 but can't seem to find it in Canada. I just don't want another tablet with a 16:10 or 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • >>     Where is a small tablet, with decent specifications and a hi res screen with an aspect ratio like 4:3 or 3:2. I like the look of the HP pro tablet 608 but can't seem to find it in Canada. Surface 3 comes with 1920x1280 (3:2 aspect Ratio)
  • So they ditched an 11 inch model?  I still use the first generation venue 11 pro and don't feel it is too big...
  • I don't mind. Venue 11 was only 10.8, this is 10.1 and with a bigger resolution.
  • Since everything on Windows 10 is vertically inclined, they should start making Tablets in that Apple 4:3 ratio. I think I'd be more interested in those nowadays.
  • I like 16:10 best for a small tablet. Go watch a movie on a 3:2 screen. 16:10 is fine for portrait mode also.
  • I have a serious question about Windows LTE tablets. Does the carrier controls when OS updates are applied to tablets? Can I do clean installs and enroll in the preview program?
  • Yay USB type-C! finally! I'll wait a few weeks to see what MS and Asus have to offer, but this USB type-C Dell looks perfect for now, and that detachable keyboard might make it the winner! Just 1 thing to look out for before buying this: need to make sure that the BIOS isn't locked down with "secure boot". From now on PC manufacturers are allowed to lock the BIOS so watch out.
  • It looks like I am upgrading. Waiting to see Surface Pro 4 first though.
  • I've been waiting for the Venue Pro 8. Now I just need to find a couple of hundred dollars laying around...