Surface Mini http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/surface-mini/news en-GB Dell Venue 8 Pro beats Microsoft Surface Mini to the punch http://www.stuff.tv/dell/dell-venue-pro-8-beats-microsoft-surface-mini-punch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waiting for Microsoft&#039;s new mini tablet? Take a look at Dell&#039;s offering in the meantime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DellVenuePro8.jpg?1384181116" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we've been patiently waiting for Microsoft to produce a Surface Mini tablet, Dell has taken the wraps off its Windows 8.1-running Venue 8 Pro tablet.</p> <p>As the Microsoft Surface Mini looks unlikely to arrive before 2014, this new desktop replacement micro-tab looks set to beat it to the shelves - and knock it out of the park in terms of power and flexibility.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel Bay Trail inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Venue 8 Pro is built around an Intel's brand new Atom Bay Trail quad-core processor, which packs similar same battery life-enhancing properties as its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature">Haswell</a> counterpart seen in desktops and laptops. Dell reckons it'll last for around eight hours on a charge – not bad for a tablet running a full desktop OS.</p> <p>The Intel Bay Trail processor differs fundamentally from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/qualcomms-new-snapdragon-800-chip-brings-4k-video-smartphones/news">Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip</a> that is expected in Microsoft's Surface Mini (and which we'll be seeing seen in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/meet-kindle-fire-hdx-amazons-tablet-steroids/news">7in Kindle Fire HDX</a> very soon). It uses a 64-bit x86 architecture, allowing it to run all that classic Windows software and Steam games you already have. The Snapdragon, meanwhile, is a 32-bit ARM-based chip, which can only run the RT version of Windows 8.1 - and those classic desktop apps are a no-go. Bit of a win for the Venue 8 Pro, then.&nbsp;</p> <p>The well-built 8.9mm thick slate features an 8in IPS display (no word on resolution yet).&nbsp;Dell is calling it 'enterprise ready' with Windows 8.1 installed and active pen and keyboard accessories to help make it a mini desktop replacement.</p> <p>There's also a larger 11in Dell Venue 11 Pro on the way with Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 'biometrics' option which we assume will be a fingerprint scanner.</p> <p>Dell hasn't confirmed a price or release date for the Venue 8 Pro yet, but it will certainly be available long before Microsoft's mini-tab shows its face.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DellVenuePro8HO1.jpg?1384181116" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DellVenuePro8HO2.jpg?1384181116" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/dell/dell-venue-pro-8-beats-microsoft-surface-mini-punch/news#comments Dell Surface Mini Tablets Venue Pro Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:05:23 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1427370 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Microsoft Surface Mini's coming to take on Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini http://www.stuff.tv/rumour-microsoft-launch-surface-mini/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft looks set to enter the mini tablet arena with an 8in Windows RT slate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface" alt="Microsoft Surface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Microsoft-Surface-RT_0.jpg?1379131763" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft's set to bring the fight to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini</a>&nbsp;with a scaled-down Surface Mini.</p> <p>That's according to Microsoft expert Paul Thurrot of <a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/fall-2013-windows-tablet-preview" target="_blank">Winsupersite.com</a>, who has&nbsp;published what he claims is a list of Windows tablet devices set to launch this year – one of which is the Surface Mini.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ben-griffin" title="View user profile.">Ben Griffin</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/rumour-microsoft-launch-surface-mini/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/rumour-microsoft-launch-surface-mini/news#comments Microsoft Surface Mini Tablets Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:35:40 +0000 Ben Griffin 1426611 at http://www.stuff.tv