Making a return to Android, Dell announced a pair of Android tablets earlier in the month. Those devices included the Venue 7 and Venue 8 and along with some specs, Dell offered up some pricing details and said they would both be available for purchase on October 18th. So as we had been expecting, the Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are available for purchase beginning today.

Both models having current shipping dates of October 25th and they are sitting priced from $149.99 and $179.99 for the Venue 7 and Venue 8 respectively. Interestingly, Dell has a few options available for each model. Along with simply buying either tablet, there are some bundle options available.

Dell appears to have gotten together with Jabra and will be offering each tablet with an option to include a set of Jabra Rhythm earbuds or a Solemate Mini portable Bluetooth speaker. The earbuds mean an additional $20 and the speaker means an additional $100 (over the regular purchase price of the tablet by itself).

That said, while these each have different display sizes — there are lots of similarities. Both models have a display resolution of 1280 x 800 and both are running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. They also both have 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM along with the basics such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a microSD card slot.

The differences come in with the processor and camera setup. The Venue 7 is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ and the Venue 8 has a dual-core 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail+. Otherwise, the Venue 7 has a VGA quality front-facing camera and 3 megapixel rear-facing camera while the Venue 8 has a 2 megapixel camera up front and a 5 megapixel camera on the back.


  1. Apparently the Venue 7 and 8 don’t have an ambient light sensor so you won’t have automatic brightness which is stupid because it’s standard on almost every other tablet.

  2. Derek, I spoke with a Dell Chat rep and he confirmed the lack of an ambient light sensor.

    “unfortunately it doesn’t come with an ambient light sensor, it only has IPS HD display with wireless video technology”

  3. I have not used my new dell venue 7 that much yet, but I have not encountered any significant tissues. A few things: I did find the display a little dim, and another review found that the display was significantly duller (less lux output) than many other tablets, including the asus memo pad hd 7. I found that the display resulting from various youtube videos were sharp and clear, with good resolution, but I found that several netlfix films, tv shows, seemed to have lower resolution and a lot of “jaggies.” Is that because the netflix ap in 4.2.2 is only in sd, not HD? Or does it depend on the content? I also found that text in general had a lot of aliasing (jaggies). Will the above improve with android 4.3 or 4.4? Is there any likelihood that Dell will make these available to the venue 7 soon?


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