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For full specifications see the Dell Venue 11 Pro specifications page.
|Name||Dell Venue 11 Pro|
|Processor||Intel 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)
|Screen||10.8 inch IPS Display with FHD (1920 x 1080)|
|RAM||2 GB (Atom version)
4 GB (i3 and i5 version)
8 GB (i5 version)
|HDD||64 GB eMMC (Atom version)
128 GB eMMC (i3 and i5 version)
256 GB eMMC (i5 version)
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics, 311-667 MHz (Atom version)
Intel HD Graphics 4200, 200-850 MHz (i3 and i5 version)
Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi (Atom version)
Dell Wireless 1537 Dual-Band 802.11n WiFi (i3 and i5 version)
|Screen||Works||At full resolution (1920 x 1080).|
|Touchscreen||Works (with multitouch)|
|Bluetooth||Nope(Atom) / Partially (i3,i5)||Mostly works, but can drop connections easier than it should.|
|3G module||Partially(Atom) / Not tested(i3,i5)|
|Webcam||Nope(Atom) / Only the back camera(i3,i5)||Cannot get the front camera working (with Cheese or VLC).|
|Docking Station||Partially||See previous comments about driving an external screen. Network and USB ok.|
|Active stylus||Works(Atom) / Nope(i3,i5)|
|Suspend/Resume||Nope(Atom) / Partial(i3,i5)||When waking from sleep the wifi interface disappears.|
Tested with Fedora 21 booting with UEFI.
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.
Tested with Ubuntu 15.10 – i5 vPro – works out of the box. Its not more necessary to use “nomodeset”.
Since Ubuntu 15.10 all major problems was resolved. Works dual screen, multitouch, full HD video playback without overheating.
On Fedora the hardware is mostly good. I use this as my primary work machine, I'm just limited to the inbuilt display. It would be nice if the touchscreen worked, then I could use it as a tablet too. This machine has a LOT of limitations, so be aware of them before you buy it.
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.