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Dell Venue 11 Pro

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Venue 11 Pro specifications page.

NameDell Venue 11 Pro
ProcessorIntel Atom Z3770 (2 MB Cache, 1.46 GHz, up to 2.39 GHz, 4 cores)
Intel Core i3 4020Y (3 MB Cache, 1.5 GHz, 2 cores with HT)
Intel Core i5 4210Y (3 MB Cache, 1.5 GHz, up to 1.9 GHz, 2 cores with HT)
Screen10.8 inch IPS Display with FHD (1920 x 1080)
RAM2 GB (Atom version)
4 GB (i3 and i5 version)
HDD64 GB eMMC (Atom version)
128 GB eMMC (i3 and i5 version)
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics, 311-667 MHz (Atom version)
Intel HD Graphics 4200, 200-850 MHz (i3 and i5 version)
NetworkNo Ethernet
Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi (Atom version)
Dell Wireless 1537 Dual-Band 802.11n WiFi (i3 and i5 version)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processor Works
Screen Works At full resolution (1920 x 1080).
Touchscreen Works
HDD Works
Graphics Chip Works partially Have to add nomodeset boot option, otherwise you will have a black screen on the built-in screen. Extremely poor graphic performance with nomodeset.
HDMI Out Works But only without nomodeset ; you will have a picture on the connected screen, but nothing on the built-in screen. Not working with nomodeset.
Sound Works
Microphone Works
Headphone Port Works
Wifi Does not work Not detected at all.
Bluetooth Does not work Not detected at all.
3G module Not tested
USB Works
Card Reader Works
Webcam Only the back camera Cannot get the front camera working (with Cheese or VLC).
Keyboard Works
TouchPad Does not work Detected as “Synaptics T Pad V 01.30” with "egrep -i 'synap|alps|etps' /proc/bus/input/devices", but cannot get it working.
Docking Station Not tested
Active stylus Works Very fine, with pressure sensitivity and palm detection.
Suspend/Resume Works Can sleep, and sleep when closing lid. But power button does not send any extinction signal.

Notes

Tested with Ubuntu 14.04, and the i3 version (the one I own). Installed from USB Live CD (created with UNetbootin). It is working with UEFI and can dualboot with Windows 8.1.

Summary

Linux does work in this tablet, but there are some major issues, like lack of Wifi and touchpad support, or an unsupported graphic chip, which prevent a comfortable use. You have to use a mouse to have a decent pointing, so it forces you to use the only USB port available, and it is just mandatory to use a USB hub to use the Dell Venue 11 Pro. You can use a Wifi USB dongle or Wifi tethering with a smartphone to have an Internet connection, but it is not very practical…

Under Ubuntu 14.04, because of the nomodeset flag, you will experience a poor graphic performance. Animations (dash, window appearing/disappearing, change workspace,…) are extremely slow, and playing movies (YouTube, VLC,…) costs a lot of CPU cycles. Additionnaly, there is an overheating issue with Ubuntu, the cooling fan is almost constantly running. Cpufreq can be used to reduce the CPU frequency, therefore reduce the fan activity.


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