New Dell Venue Android Tablets Sport Better Processors, Latest OS

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If you missed the debut of the Dell Venue Android tablets last fall, you weren’t alone.

Dell Venue 8The Venue 7 and Venue 8 were overshadowed by the Venue 8 Pro, a Windows tablet that debuted at the same time. So now Dell is giving it another go with updated models. These tablets will be available July 1 on Dell.com, starting at $159.99 for the Venue 7 and $199.99 for the Venue 8.

At the heart of the new Dell Venue Android tablets will be Intel Merrifield processors, which take the place of their predecessors’ Clover Trail chips. And the tablets will debut running Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of the operating system, while the earlier devices have Android 4.2.

Venue 7 and Venue 8 Updates

The redesigned 7-inch model will have a 1280 x 800 resolution. Its Atom Z340 processor will have dual 1.6GHz processor cores, and the device will include 1GB of RAM. There will be a 5MP rear camera plus a 1MP webcam.

The 8-inch screen on the Venue 8 will have a 1920 x 1200 resolution, up from its predecessor’s 1280 x 800. This model will have a 2.1GHz dual-core Atom Z3480 chip and 1GB of RAM, with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP camera in the front.

Both Dell Venue Android tablets will come with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that supports 64GB cards. They will use 4550mAh batteries and come in black or red casings.

Dell is going to introduce a range of accessories for these products, including cases, a Bluetooth speaker and a cradle designed for the Venue 8.

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