Dell’s new tablet is world’s thinnest, but that’s not its coolest feature

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 10, 2014

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At the Intel Developer Forum yesterday, Intel and Dell announced an intriguing new tablet that combines a super slim design, powerful specs, and a 3D camera capable of some cool tricks.

As you might’ve guessed already, the Dell Venue 8 7000 packs some key Intel components, including a new Moorefield processor and a RealSense camera that is able to measure the depth of a scene and use the information for various applications.

To give you the basics first, the Venue 8 7000 features a beautiful Quad HD (2560 x 1600) AMOLED display of 8.4-inch, a quad-core Moorefield chip that’s presumably clocked between 1.6 and 2 GHz, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

Dell CEO Michael Dell claimed that the Venue 8 7000 is the thinnest tablet in the world, and at just 6 millimeters (less than a quarter of an inch), only Sony’s new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact comes even close.

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Besides its amazing thinness, what’s striking about the design of the Venue 8 7000 is the asymmetrical build – there’s a wide black band on one side of the device, that houses the cameras and a large speaker. The feature could be nice for holding the tablet without hiding the screen, but you will probably need a while to adjust to this unusual design.

What’s truly interesting about Dell’s new tablet is the RealSense camera, which takes the form of a stripe on the back of the device. Here’s how Intel describes the technology:

Redefining how you control your devices, the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera enables new ways to interact in gaming, entertainment, and content creation. Featuring full 1080p color and a best-in-class depth sensor, the camera gives PCs and tablets 3D vision for new, immersive experiences. Interact more intuitively with facial recognition, emotion tracking, 3D scanning, and background extraction, or use 10-finger gesture recognition for agile device control.

Essentially, RealSense is a 3D mapping technology in the vein of Microsoft Kinect and Google’s Project Tango. Intel said the tech will come to multiple Ultrabooks, PCs, and tablets this year, and the Venue 8 7000 is one of the first.

Here are Michael Dell and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on stage at the IDF keynote yesterday demonstrating how the tech works:

For now, not all details are available on this interesting new tablet from Dell. We figure that the RealSense integration can’t come cheap, but Dell hasn’t yet revealed any pricing information. What we do know is that you may be able to put the Dell Venue 8 7000 under the Christmas tree this year, as the device is set to become available in November.

  • droidtomtom

    That is the most impressive tablet to come from Dell. Still need more info. Battery Life and Price.

    • MasterMuffin

      This is the most impressive tablet this year! (so far, Nexus 9 doe)

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    • wat

      I’m worried the price will be stupidly high

    • Mike Reid

      Dell abandoned their old Android tablets and phones.

      IMO they will do the same again if they can’t find a way to make money again.

  • Fabian Taveras

    Sounds pretty good. Nice job Dell

  • s2weden2000

    and a tiny battery…

  • José A. Medina

    Looks great, do you know how it would look better?
    A GPE

    • duffyhatesyou

      I’d rather not have Google put their bloat and spyware all over real, pure Android. I like my SD card. GPE’s a joke these days.

      • Sean

        Google bloatware? Gpe’s and nexuses are known to be not bloated and quick

        • MasterMuffin

          You can call Gapps bloatware. For example G+ and Hangouts are that for many people

        • duffyhatesyou

          The number of apps with the word “Google Play” on it is too high. Hangouts. Google+. Earth. QuickOffice… if Google’s apps are great (and they are), Google doesn’t have to force them down users’ throats.

      • JayMars84

        You mad GOOGLE puts GOOGLE apps on GOOGLE Play Edition devices?

        • duffyhatesyou

          Mad that everyone thinks it’s “Stock Android”

      • Rick

        GPE is a joke regarding expandable storage. I love my SD card too.
        But I don’t see any bloatware on GPE. honest.

        • José A. Medina

          Yeah only thing a ihate about GPE is the lack of SD card. But if you buy the max storage available it’s not a big deal, 32gb are pretty much enough for me and the average consumer.

          • YouNex

            Fabian’s comment and all the answers are BS

        • duffyhatesyou

          Can we reverse that? Nexus is a joke regarding expandable storage (and, sadly, KitKat… lemon is looking better).
          But I count throwing on an extra social network “bloat”. If Samsung can’t do it (freaking ChatOn), Google shouldn’t be allowed to either.

  • Michael Muyunda

    worst time to announce this

    • john

      Please elaborate.

      • Michael Muyunda

        Apple just released the iPhones + the iWatch, Samsung released the Note 4 and IFA was pretty recent. So this gets a lot less media coverage than if it where released at a different time.

  • Timothy Anderson

    This looks pretty cool. It will be interesting to see where the 3D stuff goes. It looks like you could create some really innovative apps with this technology. I saw the project Tango video which looks even more impressive with the 3D modelling an entire area. The Tango video also mentions that you could measure the furniture, but certainly much more than that, as it will model entire spaces. It would be like Google Streets 3D, but not from just a car, from anywhere.

  • Foosa Noble

    16gb storage. So it this an android tablet? Or windows

    • You can definitely see it is Android

      • John

        Sure, but dell made such a freaking big deal of dual boot when they launched the Venue 8 people kind expected the next revision to dual boot. I know I did.

    • JayMars84

      If it was Windows, there’d be a half gig usable out the box.

  • Roberto Tomás

    I kinda disagree, RealSense is sorta just a gimmick… it’s a nice little feature, but it is really just bells and whistles, nothing important. The tablet itself rocks though, it looks like intel might not completely go belly up next year.

  • Desi WN

    It looks like a solid built design but I just can’t stand the unsymmetrical position of the screen.

    • Marty

      My same reaction.

  • Preben Nielsen

    Make a 10″+ please….

  • namesib

    I’m really not fond of the asymmetric design…

  • wat

    Dell and Intel, the next gen of kids will have never heard of them

  • Jonathan Kramer

    Well I have to say after watching the vid, it’s pretty impressive. I also suspect it’s gonna cost us too. With the rapid decline in spending on tablets overall and the big push for wearables I wonder if this is gonna be a hit?

  • golden

    – Asymmetrical design.
    – No info about stylus.

    Nope pass jpg

  • xoj_21

    they kinda ruin the design but it have different feel to it

  • jonathan

    Damn poor Sony. They just got beat at their own game

  • noel kait

    I like it, it packs a quad HD and maybe intel can get it right with this new processor. It’s camera tech is superb from the video that is above. The design is really not that bad, just something to get used to like the LG G3 back buttons. Screen looks really nice.

  • flamencoguy

    You forgot to mention if the OS is Android. But looking at the screen I see that it is.