Partially thanks to Apple, adoption of the USB Type-C standard seems to be coming along in a steady pace. New devices, from smartphones to tablets to laptops, are sporting the bi-directional, reversible port. Of course, that’s hardly the only highlight of Dell‘s two new “mobile productivity” tablets. The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5000 and the Venue 10 Pro 5000 both build up on their predecessors with a latest Intel Atom processor, active pen via Wacom technology, and an almost dirt cheap price tag to boot.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5000 is what you might consider to be “productivity in a handbag”. Or even pocket if you have one large enough to fit the 8-inch tablet inside. Running on an Intel Atom, most likely of the Cherry Trail generation, the tablet is able to support a full Windows 10 OS to deliver familiar productivity software, and perhaps some fun on the sides too. Buyers will have two screen resolutions to choose from, between 1280×800 HD and 1920×1200 FHD and can optionally opt for NFC connectivity as well.
The Dell Venue 10 Pro 5000, on the other hand, offers somewhat of a typical productivity device by including a keyboard dock for best results. The 10.1-inch screen only comes in one configuration, Full HD 1920×1200. This 2-in-1 tablet comes with more than just a USB Type-C port but also includes a full sized Type A port and a micro HDMI one. This Venue 10 Pro also comes with options to add NFC as well as LTE support.
The two new Dell tablets share a few things in common, like their MIL-STD compliance, making them tougher and more resilient than your usual tablets. Both also support active pens courtesy of Wacom’s digitizer technology, though no word if such a stylus is included in the package or sold separately.
Dell’s two new Windows 10 tablets will retail starting mid-November. Prices for the Venue 8 Pro 5000 start at $299 while those for the Venue 10 Pro 5000 begin at $429.