While the company never found footing in the cutthroat smartphone arena, Dell is still keeping its toe dipped in tablet waters. Around six months after shipping its initial Venue 8 slate, Dell’s latest edition, the Venue 8 3840, is a vast improvement.
The new $179 Venue 8 maintains the same product name as the prior edition, but inside, it’s a different beast. The sub-$200 sector is a challenging one to play in, and it’s becoming tougher to cut through the noise as well. Externally, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the initial Venue 8 and the 2014 edition, but a Merrifield processor from Intel as well as an upgraded display makes this a very compelling offering.