Toshiba Encore vs Dell Venue 8 Pro: Head-to-Head Fight

Christmas is here, and you are probably looking to gift a Windows 8 tablet to someone, or, why not, to buy it for yourself. This time, we put the Toshiba Encore and the Dell Venue 8 Pro to the fight.
toshiba encore vs dell venue 8 proYou are probably looking to buy a Windows 8 tablet this holiday season, but you are not sure what to choose. To help you with that, we have create the “What Windows 8 Tablet to buy This Holiday? [2013]” guide that I gladly recommend it to you. This time, we are comparing the 8 inch Windows 8 tablets Toshiba Encore and the Dell Venue 8 Pro. In the past, we have compared others, as follows:

Toshiba Encore vs Dell Venue 8 Pro: specs battle

Before getting down to the specs, what you need to know is that by buying a new Windows 8 tablet, you will get a $25 gift card that you will be able to use in the Windows Store only.

  • Price – for a long while, Toshiba’s Encore 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablet was losing many battles with other competitors price-wise just because it was more expensive by $30. Now, it has been discounted and it retails for the same entry-level price as the Dell Venue 8 Pro – $299. dell venue 8 pro
  • Display – Toshiba Encore comes with a 8.0 in LED (1280 x 800), 5-finger multi-touch support while the Dell Venue 8 Pro has the same 8.0 in IPS LED (1280 x 800) but it has a 10-finger multi-touch support, so it is slightly better, but nothing very important here.
  • Processor – when it comes to the processor, again, the difference is very small, as Dell Venue 8 Pro comes with Intel’s Atom Z3740D processor with a frequency of up to 1.80 GHz while Toshiba Encore has a Intel Atom Z3740 that can be clocked up up to 1.86 GHz. Toshiba wins, but it’s something that shouldn’t matter that much. And actually, if you look at the memory specs from below, you realize that Dell’s tablet makes up for the small loss.
  • Memory – As I said, Dell Venue 8 Pro has a 2 GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz which is slightly better than Toshiba’s 2 GB LPDDR3 1066 MHz
  • Storage – no differences here with the built-in storage, as both come in 32 and 64 GB version, but where the Dell Venue 8 Pro wins is Micro with the SD card reader it accepts – SD/SDHC/SDXC whereas the Toshiba Encore only with a Micro SD card slot
  • Audio and Video – no differences here, as both Windows 8 tablets come with integrated audio and Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory. toshiba encore windows 8.1 tablet
  • Ports – Toshiba’s Encore claims a small win as it comes with Micro USB 2.0, Micro HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo while Dell’s Venue 8 Pro lacks the Micro HDMI port and only comes with Micro USB.
  • Battery – Toshiba’s Encore is said to have a 2-cell lithium-ion battery that will last up to 7 hours while Dell’s will last up to 8 hours. Albeit it seems that Dell wins here, the early reviews have proved that they have similar battery life spans.
  • Camera – Here, the Dell Venue 8 Pro loses big, as it comes with only a 1.2 MP HD webcam front camera and 5 MP in the back while Toshiba’s Encore comes with a 2 MP front webcam and a 8 MP rear camera.
  • Dimensions – Toshiba Encore’s dimensions are 8.40 x 5.40 x 0.43 in (213.36 x 137.16 x 10.92 mm) and when compared to Dell Venue 8 Pro’s 8.50 x 5.12 x 0.35 in (215.90 x 130.04 x 8.89 mm), we can see that the 8 inch Dell tablet is thinner by more than 1 mm.
  • Weight – Dell’s Venue 8 Pro is thinner and also lighter as it has a 0.87 lbs (394.62 g) weight and when compared to Toshiba’s 0.98 lbs (0.44 kg), we can see that is lighter by almost 50 grams.

As you can see, each of these two is winning in a section and losing in another one. If camera is important for you, then you should go for the Toshiba Encore, if you’re looking to buy something lighter, than Dell Venue 8 Pro should be your choice. What will you choose?

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
  • Pingback: 8+ Best Windows 8 Tablets Under $400

  • Pingback: Windows 8.1 Dell Venue 8 Pro 32 GB Tablet Discounted on Amazon

  • M

    Toshiba’s 2 GB LPDDR3 1066 MHz DUAL CHANNEL memory is better than Venue’s 2 GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz SINGLE CHANNEL

  • Shirley Márquez Dúlcey

    The MicroHDMI on the Toshiba is a big advantage. It means you can use it to do presentations; you can’t do that will the Dell.

    On the other hand, Dell wins the price battle. The list price may be the same, but the street price of the Dell is significantly lower; I’ve seen the 32GB version offered for as little as $199.