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Dell adds two budget Android tablets to Venue lineup, prices start at $160

Sarah Silbert
06.02.14
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Dell's just announced two new Android models in its Venue lineup of tablets, and though the new Venue 7 and Venue 8 cost a bit more than their predecessors, they still top out at just $200. Don't expect any radical changes from the Venue Android tablets announced late last year; the biggest differences include processor updates and a step up to Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Dell's Venue 7 -- a 7-inch slate, as the naming convention suggests -- supposedly offers a brighter viewing experience this time around, though its display resolution is still 1,280 x 800. Viewing angles and image quality are perfectly fine, though, especially for a tablet that costs $160. Dell only had a black version on hand when I got to check the product out, but the company will also offer the Venue 7 (and 8) in red. The requisite microSD card reader is on hand to supplement 16 gigs of on-board storage, and the whole package is super light, at just 0.64 pound.

The Venue 8, on the other hand, includes an HD (1,920 x 1,200) display and a slightly faster Intel Atom Z3480 processor for $40 more than the Venue 7. The 8-incher weighs a tad more, at 0.74 pound, and it sports a 2MP front camera rather than the 1MP unit on the Venue 7. (Both have a 5MP shooter on the back.) Those differences aside, these devices are largely comparable, and they can be yours starting July 1st at Dell.com.

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