Preorders live for the Dell Venue 8 Pro, starts at $299 and ships next week

A little over a month ago, Dell surprised a few of us in the tech community by reviving the Venue branding for a product. It’s not a Windows Phone or Android smartphone, but instead a new family of tablets. There's the Dell Venue 8 Pro, an 8-inch tablet running Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. Dell now has full pricing and pre-orders up on their website. Details below.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro certainly looks like one of the more appealing tablets running Windows in the 7 to 8-inch space. Earlier this week, Lenovo announced the Miix2 tablet, which appears to be similar in specs to the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Here’s what you’re getting for $299 with the Dell Venue 8 Pro:

  • Intel Atom 1.8GHz quad-core processor (Z3740D)
  • Windows 8.1 (32Bit)
  • 32GB of storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8.0 inch IPS display (1280 x800)
  • 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front facing camera
  • Office Home and Student 2013 Tablet Edition
  • 10 hours of battery life

That’s what the base $299 gets you on the Dell website. You can upgrade to 64GB of storage for an extra $50. There are also two other configurations, one will get you a case for the Dell Venue 8 Pro, while the other includes the case in addition to an “active stylus”.

This tablet is shaping up to be a killer device on paper. We won’t know how it performs until we get our hands on it. You can pre-order today (link below) and the devices are set to ship out on October 25th.

Anyone thinking of getting this little tablet for just $299? Looks to be a pretty compelling consumption device.

Source: Dell

Thanks for the tip Steven H!

Sam Sabri