Dell delivers one of the best Tablets available period with the Dell Venue 8 Pro. The Venue 8 Pro is an 8″ Tablet with a beautiful 1280×800 IPS display running an Intel Baytrail Atom 3740D Processor. With performance that rivals the Surface 2, the ability to run full Windows 8.1 which includes any x86 application, incredible 10 hour battery life, and a 0.87lb(395g) weight, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is an exceptional value at an MSRP of $299. Deals are currently available that price that tablet at $259 even which make it almost a no brainer purchase.
With such impressive performance from the Baytrail processor in such an amazing package, you might begin to question why Windows RT even exists. As it stands, the Tegra 4 in the Surface 2′s main strength over the Baytrail processor is it’s superior graphics performance. Baytrail however offers competitive if not superior CPU performance along with the ability to run any x86 application desired! The 3740D in the Venue 8 Pro is not even the fastest Baytrail processor available, which is reserved for the larger sized Dell Venue 11 Pro. Of note is that the Toshiba Encore will feature the 3770 in an 8″ package, but only with 6 hours of battery life versus the 10 hours of the Venue 8 pro.
The future of Windows RT is on shaky grounds, Intel has delivered an exceptional CPU that pairs excellently with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 system. By proving that an x86 processor can work in an 8″ tablet, where does that leave ARM on Windows! With the next generation of the Atom processors coming out next year, will Microsoft abandon Windows RT completely?
Check out the Video Review of the Venue 8 Pro and a comparison between the Venue 8 Pro and the Surface 2 + Surface RT.