From the very beginning of the era of Android tablets, which now still substantially shattered the seemingly unshakable position of the iPad, the manufacturers of the first echelon of tablets running a mobile OS from Google underwent severe price pressure from a lot of obscure Chinese manufacturers.
The Chinese are ready to sell tablets almost on weight, and with free delivery to the CIS countries (of course, about the technical support of such tablets and the guarantee in most cases, one can not stutter). Needless to say, the Chinese know-it-crafts do not always differ in quality and reliability, but they are quite affordable – therefore for a person who has never had a tablet, they look extremely tempting.
Despite the fact that it is not easy to compete with "Ge" brands, the largest manufacturers try not to take their positions in the budget segment and offer more or less quality products at similar prices. One of such tablets is, for example, ASUS MEMO Pad HD 7 which recently visited us on testing. It is based on the processor MediaTek MT8125, originally developed for budget tablets – it is also often used by "tough Chinese" in its ultra-cheap tablets.
However, an inexpensive tablet does not need to be based on a MediaTek or RockChip processor. For example, this time another representative of a cheap segment from a well-known manufacturer came to us for testing. That's just the processor it does not have ARM, and even even x86 – it's a very advanced Intel Atom Z2580. What else? More RAM (that is, less often you will have to use memory cleaning), while the manufacturer promises a price of $ 180 per modification without a 3G / 4G-module. Of course, in our market will still be more expensive, but still the proposal is extremely tempting – let's see what Dell Venue 8 is in the case.
Even with a meticulous external examination, the tablet does not give out its budget nature. The case is not record-thin, but still 1.3mm thinner than the same ASUS MEMO Pad HD 7. And the rest of its geometric dimensions are smaller – the diagonal of the display is a whole inch larger. Accordingly, the frame around the screen turned out to be narrower. There is no gloss that flashes most budget devices. Of course, the brilliant coating looks more interesting in the pictures and on the display, but in terms of practicality it significantly loses the soft touch coating, which is more pleasant to the touch, and it scares fewer scratches.
Due to the black color of the case, fingerprints are clearly visible on it, but it pleases that it is much easier to wipe them than from a glossy surface. The small villi and dust body pulls to itself as a magnet – and that's from them to get rid of is not so simple. Fortunately, they are not particularly noticeable. The build quality of the case is high: at attempts of twisting and squeezing it though yields (still the thickness of the device is small), but does not make a single sound.
Front, a front camera is installed above the screen. From the rear of the company, the main camera, marked with silver edging, is the large Dell logo made from "chrome plated" plastic and the more modest Intel Inside logo, which will surely attract the looks of sophisticated users.
There is a speaker on the bottom of the case, on the top there is a headphone jack, a built-in microphone, and a power button. On the left are a dual volume control button and a micro-USB connector. On the right side, under the plug, is a connector for the microSD card. In versions with a cellular modem, there is also a SIM card slot under it.
|Displaying the history of the Dell Venue|
|Display||8 inches, 1280×800, IPS|
|The touch screen||Capacitive, up to 5 simultaneous touches|
|The air layer||There are|
|The polarizing filter||No|
|The processor|| Intel Atom Z2580 two cores of Intel Saltwell (x86);
frequency of 2.00 GHz;
technical process 32 nm HKMG
|The graphic controller||Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX544 MP2, 533 MHz|
|Operative memory||2 GB LPDDR2-1066|
|Flash Memory||16/32 GB, expansion with microSD cards|
|Connectors|| 1 x micro-USB 2.0
1 x MicroSD
1 x headset connector 3.5 mm
|Cellular communications||No (optional)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a / b / g / n, 2.4 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light sensor, accelerometer / gyroscope|
|The main camera||5 Mp (2560×1920), autofocus|
|The front camera||2 Mp (1600×1200)|
|The food|| The non-removable battery, the capacity of 15.5 W * h (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)
The charger 10 W (2A)
|The size of|| 212×130 mm
The thickness of the shell is 9.75 mm
|Protection from water and dust||No|
|Operating system software||Android 4.2.2|
For testing, the tablet was provided to us immediately after the presentation, and it turned out to be an engineering model. The "offal" of our experimental was pleased with the Intel Atom Z2580 processor with a frequency of up to 2 GHz. This processor is used in such a sign and not the most affordable product, as Lenovo K900 which was recently tested by us. There is also a fairly powerful integrated video – PowerVR SGX544 MP2 with a frequency of 533 MHz.
Solved LPDDR2 memory in Venue 2 GB. The drive is 16 GB, of which about 12 GB are available to the user (there is also a version with 32 GB of flash memory). The storage capacity can be expanded with a MicroSD card, which the manufacturer has not forgotten to support.
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