Dell reviving Venue mobile brand with new Windows 8.1 tablet

Dell to share details on the Venue tablet at an event in New York on Oct. 2

Dell Wednesday showed off a new Windows 8.1 tablet called Venue, a brand name for mobile devices the PC maker abandoned when it discontinued shipment of smartphones early last year.

Dell's Venue tablet previewed at IDF
Dell's Venue tablet previewed at IDF

The Venue tablet has an 8-inch screen and Intel's Atom chip code-named Bay Trail. It was demonstrated on-stage by Neil Hand, vice president at Dell, during a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco.

The tablet will be marketed at both consumers and enterprises, and will have long-battery life and cellular data connectivity. More details about the new Venue tablet and other devices will be shared at an event in New York City on October 2, Hand said, hinting that more mobile devices from Dell could be on tap.

The new tablet also marks Dell's reentry into the consumer tablet market. The company today offers the XPS 10 with Windows RT and the Latitude 10 with Windows 8, both targeted at enterprises. Dell last year discontinued its Streak line of consumer tablets, but has reiterated its support for the consumer tablet market and Windows 8 OS.

Toshiba and Aava Mobile recently announced Windows 8.1 tablets. Asustek also showed a Bay Trail tablet on stage during the IDF keynote.

Also on Wednesday, Intel announced new quad-core Bay Trail chips for tablets. Bay Trail tablets could weigh as little as 400 grams and offer 8 hours of battery life when watching high-definition video.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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