Dell unveiled a new Windows 8.1 tablet, the Venue 8 Pro, that will be available in stores this month, priced at $300. The device is an 8 inch slate with an Intel Bay Trail processor and optional wireless keyboard.

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It will also have an optional active stylus and the debut date should be around October 18th, which is the same day that Windows 8.1 launches. Dell Venue 8 Pro features an 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS screen, a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740HD quad core processor, 2 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of built in storage.

The basic model will offer 32 GB of storage. Dell’s new product supports 2×2 MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and has options for 4G LTE and HSPA+. There’s TPM security on board, a microSD card slot and a 5 megapixel camera at the back, plus a 1.2 MP front shooter. Finally, the device will be available in red or black and pack a 18 Wh battery.

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  • hamid reza

    not bad but why they don’t use better cpu ??i want this but it doesn’t have fantastic performance i think

  • Daniel Anonuevo

    The new bay trails are as good as a core i3 quad 2nd gen i believe. It’s a quad core with multithreaded abilities. I think its more than enough.

  • Daniel Yeomans

    They’re good, but they’re not at that performance level yet. Bay Trail T chips are rated for a TDP of 2.2 watts. And although they’re very efficient, they’re probably 1/4 as powerful as a dual core i3 (single threaded performance), about half as powerful with multithreaded performance. Still great for a tablet however.

    Until there are chips in the 5-8 watt range, it will be a while before true ‘desktop performance’ arrives on tablets (as tablets cannot really support active cooling).

    As to why they don’t use the most powerful bay trail chip (re:hamid), I expect theyre aiming the product for a certain price point, and if you would spend the extra price for more performance, an extra 2″ of screen might make sense too. If you want the extra performance you will probably want a keyboard to make use of it etc etc (and 10″ is just a better size for a accompanying keyboard).

    Also, could be thermal issues with a high end 3770 on a fairly small size tablet.

    Still, looks like a really interesting tablet, I’m quite excited to hear more about these.