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Dell Venue 8 review

6/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Dell Venue 8 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Decent price tag
  • Well-rounded list of features
  • Simple yet functional design

What's bad

  • Runs somewhat outdated version of Android
  • Internal storage is capped at 32GB
  • Doesn't support mobile / cellular data

There's no shortage of high-performing Android tablets available on the market right now, but the Dell Venue 8 isn't quite like many of the models you can buy for less than $200. For starters, it runs on an Intel dual-core processor clocked at 2GHz, and uses an 8-inch screen best described as "sharp" according to Lisa Eadicicco of Laptop Mag. She also says that the "attractive design and clean Android interface" helps it provide users with "an enjoyable tablet experience."

The Venue 8 comes with a number of typical Android tablet features, such as a pair of cameras (5-megapixels at the back, 2-megapixels up front), 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 4100mAh Li-Pol battery. It also supports microSD and microSDHC cards for memory expansion. And all of its features are packed into a casing that measures no more than 10mm thick.

Andrew Vacca of Android Central calls it a "refreshing reminder that a solid Android slate doesn't have to break the bank." He follows this up by calling it "a well-built tablet featuring stock Android experience, and one that performs pretty well too." It can be likened to the Windows-powered Dell Venue 8 Pro, only it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean instead of Windows 8.

All in all, this looks to be a fine choice for those don't need a mobile powerhouse but require something that can offer more than simply the basics.

As K.T. Bradford of Digital Trends says, "If Dell set out to make a decent middle of the road budget tablet with the Venue 8, it succeeded." There may be certain things that it can't do because it lacks the necessary hardware and software features, but at least it's able to "balance value and price" reasonably well.

Operating system
2 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Fone Arena

The Dell Venue 8 is a decent tablet in this range. It is a bit costly compared to other WiFi-only tablets in the market, but this has GPS that is commonly not seen on WiFi-only tablets. If you are looking for a large-screen tablet with good build and performance, but can compromise on the camera and...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena
Digital Trends

If Dell set out to make a decent middle of the road budget tablet with the Venue 8, it succeeded. It’s not going to wow customers with looks (unless they see the red one) or with performance. It does balance value and price well for people who have to keep to this price point. We still like th...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends

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Screen Size

The Dell Venue 8's screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

2 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat) operating system (OS).

5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4100 mAh battery.

Venue 8 Specs

Release date October 18, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat)

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Processor Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 2 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 5 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Red, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.2 x 13 x 1 cm (8.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 292 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capactive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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