Dell’s new Venue 7 and 8 sport Intel Merrifield chips with Android 4.4 KitKat

Dell’s Venue 7 and 8 Android tablets are doing quite well in the budget-friendly market and the company has decided to give both slates a performance boost through refreshed models. The new models have made their debut at the Computex 2014 expo and they will be available for purchase starting next month.

The new Dell Venue tablets feature a thinner and lighter design. The 7-inch model comes with an HD display and the Atom Z3460 SOC, while the 8-inch slate features WXGA 1920 x 1200p FHD visuals with the Atom Z3480 chipset. Both SOCs from Intel are from its latest Merrifield lineup in dual core configurations with PowerVR G6400 graphics. What’s more, Android 4.4 KitKat is available out of the box.

Dell Venue 7 8

Both slates share common features. They include 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash storage, a 64GB compatible microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera and a 4550mAh battery. Where connectivity is concerned, there’s Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast and optional 4G LTE. Dell is also offering various accessories for the new slates. There’s the Venue Cradle for the 8-inch model, the Duo Tablet case, Venue Rotating Folio that’s also for the larger version, the Bluetooth portable speaker and the Keyboard folio.

Key specs of the new slates:

– Android 4.4 KitKat
– 16GB internal storage, 64GB expandable
– 1GB RAM
– Dual core Intel Atom Merrifield processors
– PowerVR G6400 graphics
– Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, LTE, HSPA+
– 4550mAh battery
– 8.95mm thick design

8-inch Model

The Dell Venue 7 will go on sale for $159.99 and above, while the Venue 8 will retail for $199.99. Both tablets will hit stores starting July 1.

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