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DELL VENUE 8 PRO FULL REVIEW

A full 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with active stylus for less than 14 ounces

By Maxime Abbey - First published on 04-13-2014 on Arachnosoft

Introduction and buyer's background
Technical specifications

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Screen

  • Technology: IPS
  • Size: 8 inch
  • Resolution: WXGA, 1280x800 pixels,
  • Touchscreen: 10-finger capacitive technology with active stylus support

CPU

  • Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740D
  • Quad core
  • 64-bit compatible
  • Base frequency: 1.33 GHz
  • Up to 1.8 GHz in Turbo mode
  • 2 MB L3 cache

RAM

  • 2 GB single-channel DDR3L-RS
  • Specified at 1600 MHz according to Dell
  • Running at 1333 MHz according to the BIOS

Storage

  • 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC memory
  • Expandable through a microSD(HC/XC) card

GPU

  • Intel HD Graphics, Bay Trail variant
  • 105 MB of system memory used by default
  • Up to 1 GB available memory

Photo/Video/WebCams

  • Rear camera: 5 megapixel, with autofocus according to user's manual (no user setting available on the application)
  • Front camera: 1.2 megapixel
  • No flash

Audio

  • Mono speaker, under the lower side of the tablet
  • Combined micro/headphone IN/OUT jack, 3.5 mm

Battery

  • Lithium-ion, non user-replaceable
  • 2-cell, 18 675 mWh (4830 mAh)
  • 9.9 hour announced battery life
  • Micro-USB charging support, with a bundled USB cable/wall adapter set
  • Wall adapter specifications: 5-volt electric potential, 2-amp current capacity, 10-watt power

Physical connectors

  • 1 x 3,5 mm jack, combined stereo output/microphone input
  • 1 x micro USB 2.0 port, OTG-compatible to connect external devices and recharge the battery
  • 1 x micro SD(HC/XC) port
  • 1 x micro SIM slot, optional (see below)

Wireless networking

  • 802.11n Dell Wireless 1538 Wi-Fi card, 2x2 dual band (a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) for a better Wi-Fi signal
  • 3G Dell Wireless 5570 (HSPA+) card, optional (64 GB model) to host a micro-SIM card
  • Miracast-enabled, to extend the screen display on an external monitor/TV
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Stylus (optional)

  • 256 pressure levels detection capability
  • Palm detection/rejection
  • Pen over screen detection (simulating mouse hovering)
  • 2 customizable buttons
  • Powered with a single AAAA (LR-61) battery

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Ambient light sensor

Colors

  • Black
  • Red

Dimensions (in Portrait mode)

  • Height: 21.59 cm (8.5 inches)
  • Width: 12.95 cm (5.1 inches)
  • Thickness: 0.89 cm (0.35 inches)

Weight

  • 396 g (13.97 ounces)

Operating system and bundled software

  • Home users version:
    • Windows 8.1 "Standard", 32-bit
    • Office Family & Student 2013, full version
  • Professional/business users version:
    • Windows 8.1 "Pro", 32-bit
    • Office Family & Student 2013, 30-day trial version

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Build quality, design, dimensions
Software ergonomics: Introduction
Software ergonomics: Windows Modern UI (codenamed "Metro")
Software ergonomics: Windows Classical Desktop
Hardware design: physical buttons
Hardware design: the connectors
The hardware: display/screen, ambient light sensor, gyroscope...
The hardware: performance/CPU/RAM, responsiveness
The hardware: internal and external storage
The hardware: graphics and gaming
The hardware: Photo, video and audio
The hardware: wireless networking
The hardware: battery life and cooling
Extended features - Wireless video display on external monitor (Miracast)
Extended features - The active digitizer/stylus: description and design
Extended features - The active digitizer/stylus: technical review
Conclusion, pros and cons

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