New Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series Released

Dell have officially released what they call the New Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series, of downgraded 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets. This is the 2nd generation Dell Venue 8 Pro that we wrote about two weeks ago.

The changes from the the 5000 series that was launched last year, to the new 3000 series, includes a change from a 1.33 GHZ Intel Atom Z3740D processor to a 1.33 GHZ Intel Atom Z3735G processor, and a reduction of RAM from 2GB to 1GB RAM.

It has an entry price of $199 for the black 32GB model. Dell also have a white color option this time, but that one sells for $219 and won't be released before November 7.

New Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series
New Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series

By comparison, the 2nd generation Toshiba Encore 2 Pro is just $169 at the moment, with similar specs. So $199 is no longer great value for money.

The single-band Wi-Fi is changed from having a/g/n support to b/g/n support. And it only has a one-year subscription to Office 365.

The other specs are the same as on the predecessor, including the 1280 x 800 resolution, the 1.2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and a weight of 391 gram.

Fortunately there are plenty of options. For $199 you can even get the Asus VivoTab Note 8 with 2GB of RAM these days, or the brand new Asus VivoTab 8 as well.

But the best value of all might be in the HP Stream 8, which have better specs, costs less at $179, has built-in 4G LTE, and comes with 200MB worth of free data each month.

– Tom Bowen