Dell very quietly announced the new 8-inch Windows 10 tablet Dell Venue 8 Pro 5000 yesterday. The tablet comes in two resolution versions, and will become available in the middle of November according to Dell. The price starts at $299.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5000 series is the third generation of these 8-inch Windows tablets. The first generation Dell Venue 8 Pro was a very popular tablet and was among the three bestselling tablets in its category for a long time. The second Dell Venue 8 Pro was not very popular however, probably because it was downgraded with 1GB of RAM.
But the new Dell Venue 8 Pro 5000 series should be able to grab back some market shares again, even if the 8-inch Windows 10 tablet category has changed considerably in two years, now that we can even get 2048 x 1536 resolution tablets with 4GB of RAM in this category with the HP Pro Tablet 608 G1.
The specs for the 2015-2016 model of Dell Venue 8 Pro include options of either 1280 x 800 or Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution on the 8-inch screen, Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor, options of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, storage options of 32GB or 64GB with 128GB microSD card support, Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro, a 2MP front camera, a 5MP rear camera, optional NFC, optional 3D camera, dual-antenna and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a 19.5 WHr battery, in addition to an optional USB type C docking that will be made available in 2016.
– Jim Miller