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Deal Alert: Dell Venue 8 Pro “free upgrade” to 64 GB version

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Just this morning we told you that the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet was shipping from Amazon. The very similar and highly rated Dell Venue 8 Pro came out last week, but this week there’s a special deal going on.

For a limited time, you can order the 64 GB version for the price of the 32 GB one. That’s $299 for their top of the line 8-inch tablet, a savings of $50. Not too shabby. Plus you can toss in a 64 GB microSD card to maximize your storage—don’t forget, this runs full Windows 8.1, not RT.

Dell Venue 8 Pro

We took a look at the Dell Venue 8 Pro and were quite impressed. Battery life is good, the 800x1280 IPS display is fantastic and the build quality is superb. Is it better than the Lenovo? We’re betting they have way more in common that differences, but if you want to hold out for a day or two, we’ll let you know.

If you want to see the Venue 8 Pro unboxing and tour, watch our video below.

Head to the Dell store to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

Thanks, jgbstetson, for the tip

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J88NY R says:

Launch it in the UK FFS!

brandoshido says:

Aaaaand I'm sold!

CX1 says:

Can you load Win8 Pro on this device? Not an option when buying it. Name is quite confusing if not.

I can't see why not, but honestly, I don't 100% know

CX1 says:

Wondered if there was limitation with the Atom chip.
 

Jay Bennett says:

Yes you would be able to. It's full Windows 8 so you could buy the £50 pro pack upgrade

ThePKReddy says:

I believe you can "upgrade anytime" from the control panel. No technical reason to restrict this on x86

Mestiphal says:

Same boat I'm on.   I want a tablet but also want Media Center.  I have not been able to find a "Metro" style solution that will display the hundreds of DVD's I have from my NAS as Media Center (and My Movies) does.

I'm liking the Dell one over the Surface, just because of the processor, which runs the Media Center.  But wish there was an option to have it with Windows 8.1 Pro already pre-installed.

Also, as for a deal, while it is a good deal, adding the extra sales tax comes just $7 under the Amazon price.  So if you miss the deal for X or Y reason, there is always Amazon (tax free)

mister2d says:

You should be using Plex for that not Media Center. I use both of these and I prefer Plex hands down.

Mestiphal says:

Plex looked really promising, and the $4.99 is not bad at all, but then I saw. VIDEO_TS folders are not supported

mister2d says:

I see. I assumed you ripped and compressed them as h.264's or similar.

Mestiphal says:

Unfortunately not, left them in their native VIDEO_TS folder .VOB formats.  In order to easily go back to a DVD if one of the originals ever got damaged (which many have over the years).  I mean this dates back to the Shrink DVD era..  way before MKV or computers were invented.

So, I'm at a point now that I can either:

a) stick with the Desktop, Media Center, and My Movies

b) convert everything (about a thousand) to MKV or MP4 format, but then I would also lose the DVD goodies like extras and such, plus the unbeliveable amount of time it would take to convert everything, just to be able to play them on any modern media player

I have also though about option c... convert them to ISO format, technically Windows 8 can automatically mount an ISO, so I would play them as if I had inserted a DVD into the virtual optical drive.  However I find myself back at step 1, what modern UI program recognizes an ISO, is able to mount it, and then play it

mister2d says:

Haha..Shrink DVD is not that old.

Ezence01 says:

I'm curios why not use xbmc? (http://xbmc.org/). It seems to be able to recognize and play video.ts folder( http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=36644 ).  It's by far my favorite solution for accessing and playing back my medial library files.  Not to mention with skins such as Aeon nox it can look stunning.

treetownal says:

Are there other desktop version solutions that work (e.g., XBMC) in place of Media Center?  I have 10TB of music, movies and shows loaded on my NAS and although I have the media center pack I exclusively run with XBMC as I prefer the interface.  Plex is another option as mentioned below. 

BSiegel1 says:

Although Google purchased them a while back, I have been using Sage TV for a few years and it works great as a media center /pvr with a haupauge USB tuner. Last week, I tried installing on a Surface Pro and to my surprise, drivers worked, haupauge USB tuner and remote control worked perfectly.

Blkacesvf41 says:

I'm pretty sure I saw the option to on the Dell website.

respect306 says:

Performance-wise (mainly speed on basic use -music, internet, etc) how does this compare to the surface 2?

Very similar. Honestly, the Surface 2 seems a tad smoother due to the "lighter" OS, but they're both very competent devices.

adrian1338 says:

and battery wise?

Robborboy says:

The Surface 2 cannot run Starcraft 2. The Venue 8 Pro can.

Blkacesvf41 says:

Trying to resist! But this is so tempting!

FCone says:

I do not need another tablet but this is tempting. Anyone here know how well this runs VLC? Last Gen tablets with the old atom could not handle large MKVs.

Aaron M says:

I haven't had hands on time with it yet, but I have to belive baytrail can easily handle VLC. There are YouTube videos of it handling games like SC2 and Civ 5 relatively smoothly.

R0bR says:

I can't see why it shouldn't, my first gen Surface RT can play my 8GB 1080P Avatar mkv file without issue, smooth as butter.

I used MPC to play a 35GB MKV file on this tablet. Very smooth, works like a charm!

sumothong01 says:

Great news.....If I didn't get mine yesterday....

zikifer says:

Haha same here - 64G version is currently on route, should be here by Monday.

cyber_k9 says:

Not available in Canada at the sale price, but $299 for the 32GB model's not bad.  Still, I'll hold off for now... very tempting though. :P

jgbstetson says:

Really? Slickdeals is saying this is available through Dell home Canada. The thread is here http://slickdeals.net/f/6399918-dell-venue-8-pro-64gb-8-inch-tablet-full...

lucktr says:

Ordering b4 sundown ;)

carmello2045 says:

Since mine is a week old, I wonder if I can get my upgraded for free???

 

R0bR says:

I would get one, if it had Windows RT instead.

hysonmb says:

It has RT kinda, just don't use the desktop for anything but office and IE.

Not the same beasts. I'd still have another to keep virus free which is a pain

R0bR says:

Exactly, no CryptoLocker problems on RT.

poddie says:

I have to agree with this... I just don't get the need for the full version on a tablet, esp one of this size. I would rather have the "pure" RT environment on this.

I think the OEMs gave up too early. RT was tough when it was new with no apps. Now there are apps and you can't get RT.

BaritoneGuy says:

+2520. Just wish the Nokia was 8"

vkvraju says:

There is a rumour (@evleaks) about an 8 inch tablet from Nokia. Namely, Nokia Illusionist.

WudanBal says:

The only thing that makes me not want to get this is the lack of the Windows Home Button on the front of the device.

Robborboy says:

That's actually something I like. I don't care for all the logos plastered on the front.

sumothong01 says:

I've found that I like it on the side. Its not in the way so I'm not accidently hitting it. Now I just swipe in from the right and use the touch screen start button.

bahamut443 says:

Hold out for the Lenovo. Metal casing, actually functional windows key, lighter build, and better cameras make it the better device. Also liking the cover with attachable stylus on the Lenovo for those who are into that sort of stuff.

i successfully convinced dell to refund fifty dollars off the 32gb version i bought from dell.com on the 5th, i would rather have the 64gb verson, but i dont feel like going through the return process and waiting a month

zxli says:

Grabbed one from Dell and canceled Amazon order. Thanks wpcentral!

jgbstetson says:

Indeed. Thanks for posting Daniel.

hysonmb says:

Too bad I already got my 32GB from Dell. Maybe a "hardware malfunction" is in order.

mstrblueskys says:

Is the deal dead?  I can't get the 50 dollars off.

hysonmb says:

I noticed the same, right after I fired and email off to them saying it felt like we were being penalized for being early adopters. After the delayed shipments, ending up spending an extra $50 compared to what others paid right after your device finally showed up sucks. I guess that's nullified now, maybe it's thier Black Friday deal?

mskenny says:

I guess it was limited to a couple of hours as the deal seems to be gone.  Too bad for them, I might have bought one.

Lundon44 says:

Damn.. I just bought this 3 days ago on the Canadian site (I'm in Canada) and was hoping I'd see this rebate but guess it's for US only :(

WF Live says:

Was just going to order one. Confirmed with Dell the promotion is over.
Oh well. Might just have to wait on the Lenovo.

lucktr says:

Oh no! Here's the bearer of sadistic news ;)

sayonical says:

My 64gb will be here tomorrow. Just got the pen today

ae86takumi says:

Without a digitizer, most of these tablets are pretty much incomplete

Purian23 says:

Daily reader, rare poster. Just wanted to thank Daniel and WP Central, absolute best up to date news on the internet on the information I care about, great job guys!

Side note, I am posting from my brand new Surface Pro 2, not sure if im sold on it yet or going a bit smaller into the Dell or Lenovo. I have my power laptop from Samsung with dual 23" LG monitors, I use Adobe CS6 and Visual Studio a good bit. This Surface Pro 2 is great without a doubt, but a bit heavy for a tablet and a bit small for a laptop "to a degee" I could always put it on the monitors too, but again it doesnt have the power of my main machine, for the $1,200 on the 128gb model and type cover, I am still weighing my options. Lastly the pens only matter to a point as well, for my use anyhow, mainly for good artists which I am not lol. Its like a case of... its cool to have, but dont expect to want to use it constantly as it slows me down in the awkwardness.

blackfire says:

Is the offer still on? I want to buy it, but I don't see the 64GB version at the price of the 32GB version offer anymore from the US. :-(

 

JHinOC says:

The deal is dead, but if you really want one, call Dell directly and ask them to match it.  I just completed my purchase.  I told the rep what I saw on WPCentral web site, and he went to the site and checked it out for himself.  He then took the information to his manager and 2 minutes later, it was approved.  After tax in CA, I paid $323.51.

Good luck, JHinOC 

blackfire says:

Thanks for the recommendation JHinOC!

I just did that after reading your comment, and they did the same for me. Got the deal as described here and free shipping. To be delivered by 11/14. Can't wait! Love this community! :-)

1oddmanout says:

Snagged one; it took a while on chat and a supervisor, but they created the order and it'll be delivered 11/18! I included the link to this posting to convince them.

onysi says:

is this pressure sensitive?

Chris_Kez says:

If I hadn't heard such terrible things about the stylus I buy this in a heartbeat.

I a reply to a customer in venue 8 pro owners forum , a senior figure from Dell has assured that an update for the stylus software is will be coming wthin 2 weeks.

texantony says:

If you dont care about size and live close to a Microcenter, the 32GB is on sale for $259. Just picked up one. The Venue supports up to 128gb microSD so i dont mind too much that its 32GB

BaritoneGuy says:

Is anyone selling 128gig micro SDs? I haven't seen them. I expect that most devices that support a 64 gig unit would also support larger as long as it is SDXC

BSiegel1 says:

Looks like the 64 GB upgrade deal is dead. I just called and asked about the offer and was told here was no such offer or least they were not aware of any. No option to see this or provision it via the dell purchase portal as well.

haldor422 says:

I have had this same offer sent to me 2 times... 

http://ct.cnet-ssa.cnet.com/clicks?t=1287808328-4b94f43dc4f0f01ab81c1c10505cbe89-bf&brand=CNET-SSA&s=5

Cnet and 

http://www.wpcentral.com/deal-alert-dell-venue-8-pro-free-upgrade-64-gb-version

Here at WPC

Windows Phone central

Both links deceptivly send you to Dell's website to order it and then send you a 32 gig model.

No one at Dell seems to know anything about this offer...

 

Just sayin...

smuook says:

I jumped on this deal the other day and got the 64GB for $299.  It arrives tomorrow.  After waiting for the right tablet, I'm so happy I got the DV8P at this price.  What a deal!

Bo says:

The one I ordered arrives tomorrow also.  Can't wait to play around with it, but kinda wish i could have caught that WinRT deal too.  I have a SP1 and a couple of other systems running windows 8 Pro but would like something more lightweight for just games and media consumption.

What can I say, I really am interested in this device. Good size, good price. Why wasn't this invented and released   last year during the holidays. I think Dell hit this one out of the park. I may consider getting one. A few nice to haves I just wanted to throw in there:

  • LTE option
    • Imagine the power of Windows 8.x with WiFi and LTE. This would make me a real road warrior working on the road

 

  • 128 GB / 64 GB.
    • The 64 GB is scarce right now (I can't even find one for sale on Dell's site), but a 128 GB option would be good. The OS on these things take up a lot of room. From what i've heard the 32 GB model will only leave you with 11 GB of usable storage. Not enough for me. Need the larger option.

 

  • Docking Station
    • Of course if you happen to have a heavy work load, a portable docking station of some sort that would allow you to connect a larger monitor, keyboard/mouse/ethernet connection would be fantastic

 

Other then that I'm excited about this product line. I'm going to hunt me a 64 GB whenever one surfaces. Hopefully this will bring some spotlight back to Windows 8.x