You’ll never guess who we’ve spotted ironing out the kinks of a new Android device, which just happens to be the company’s first such gadget in a pretty long time. No, seriously, you’ll never guess. Unless you cheat and take a peek at our headline, of course.
Which I know you already did, so without further ado I give you the Android-based Dell Venue 8 tablet. Well, not exactly “give” you, since the gizmo hasn’t been caught on camera just yet. But it’s real, that much is certain, based on a fresh Wi-Fi certification dated September 30, 2013.
What else do we know about this new member of the revived Venue family? Not much. Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity is a given, naturally, as is the running of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The display size is not spelled out, but it should revolve around the “8” figure. Maybe 8 inches, 8.1, 8.5 tops.
Now, if I were to make a guess (an educated one, but still only a guess), I’d say this Venue 8 (model number T02D001) will be powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor. Specifically, either the 1.33 GHz Atom Z3740, or the 1.5 GHz Z3770. No prizes for guessing which of the two I’m currently rooting for.
Interestingly enough, Dell appears to have another Venue slate in the pipeline, namely one built on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 platform. No idea how the company plans to differentiate the two as far as branding goes, especially with the Windows Venue also running on one of Intel’s Bay Trail chips.
There are also no words on when that particular 8-incher will go up for grabs, but what’s certain is its panel boasts a fairly run-of-the-mill 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution and is bound to cost $200, $250 max in its basic, “entry-level” configuration.
On that note, we should probably not be all too shocked if Dell tries to Xerox pretty much the same specs and price range of the Windows Venue on the Android flavor. Nor should we look too disappointed, since coming across a solid sub $200 slate in the Google-powered landscape is still quite the impossible quest.
Before wrapping up and telling you, as usual, to visit us again for updates on a very intriguing story, let me put y’all at ease by saying “no, you’re not going crazy”. And no, you’re not imagining things either. A Dell Venue, nay two Dell Venues, one with on-board Android and the other running Windows Mobile, have been out and about back in 2010.
Only they were smartphones, not tablets. And terrible ones at that. Which is why Dell’s wish to resurrect the forgotten brand is puzzling. But hey, maybe second third (and fourth) time’s the charm. Could it be, what do you guys think?
Via [Wi-Fi Certifications]