Dell has decided to stop producing Android tablets. In the future, the company’s mobile offerings will instead be Windows-based 2-in-1s, which can function as both a tablet and a laptop.
A company spokesperson told PCWorld, “The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line.”
The same Dell source said, “We are seeing 2-in-1s rising in popularity since they provide a more optimal blend of PC capabilities with tablet mobility.” Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple are clearly seeing the same trend, as they have introduced tablet/laptop combos: namely the Surface Pro 4, Galaxy TabPro S, and iPad Pro, respectively.
EOL for Venue 8 but Venue 8 Pro Alive and Well
Dell’s last Android model, the Venue 8 7800, was introduced in 2015 and has now been discontinued. In addition, it will receive no more system software updates. The company’s spokesperson said, “For customers who own Android-based Venue products, Dell will continue to support currently active warranty and service contracts until they expire, but we will not be pushing out future OS upgrades.”
This doesn’t mean the recently released Venue 8 Pro 5855 has been abandoned; this Windows 10 slate is still available from its manufacturer’s website. Dell might consider this a 2-in-1, as it offers a clip-on hardware keyboard designed for this computer.