(Update: Dell.com too) Dell Venue 8 7840 with Intel RealSense 3D camera now available from BestBuy

by: Gary SimsJanuary 7, 2015
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dell venue 8 7000 (2)Update: The Venue 8 7840 was officially introduced at CES, and is now available at Dell.com for $399 in addition to Best Buy.

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Back in September 2014, Dell unveiled a new range of tablets dubbed the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series. These new tablets have a couple of cool features. The first is that the devices are only 0.24 inches (or just over 6mm) thick, and the second is that they includes a 3D camera.

With little fanfare the Dell Venue 8 7840 has now appeared on BestBuy’s website and is available for purchase. The 7840 looks remarkably like the model shown during the launch of the 7000 series and keeps the distinctive asymmetrical build, as well as the target thickness of 0.24 inches.

The 7840 comes with an 8.4″ OLED infinity display, with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. At the heart of the device is an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, which is clocked up to 2.3GHz. The choice of processor isn’t surprising since the tablet was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum, plus the RealSense 3D camera also comes from Intel. However, it is important for consumers to understand the differences between ARM and Intel processors.

As for the Intel RealSense technology, it is basically a 3D camera setup that comprises of three cameras, the main 8MP camera and then two smaller ones which add the 3D capabilities. According to Intel’s website, RealSense allows tablets “to see the world in three dimensions and enabling entirely new ways to use them. From scanning a toy and duplicating it with a 3D printer, to dramatically changing the lighting on a picture taken a week ago, the way we use our tablets will evolve in exciting new ways.”

The full name of the new range of tablets is the “The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet” which leads me to think that Dell could also ship Windows variants of these tablets, something it already does for other Venue 8 tablets.

You can get a Dell Venue 8 7840 from BestBuy for $400.

  • Jordan Goulding

    Does it have micro SD slot? Some sites say it does, some say it doesn’t

    • Marty

      According to a number of websites, yes, it does have expandable storage.

      • Jordan Goulding

        I’m really hoping it does, it’ll be my next tablet if it has one :)

        • Marty

          It does have a card slot. I bought one to check it out and can confirm the card slot. It’s a really nice tablet with a beautiful OLED display and metal body construction that is light and feels good in the hands. The Antutu benchmark score was 45700 something – don’t remember the exact score, just that it was in the 45700 area. Not bad, and stays up with the Snapdragon 801, but is much lower than the NVIDIA Tegra K1.

          I decided to return the one I had because it failed my “gun barrel” test. It was very slightly curved along the long sides. So be aware that if you buy one, and you aren’t as OCD as I am about perfection, it might not be perfect. And one operational inefficiency I noticed with the Dell tablet is a lack of smoothness in menu and page opening – as if the framerate is low.

          • Brian

            Does the Dell have haptic feedback? I tried it out at Best Buy and it was not on by default. Could not find where to enable it.

          • Marty

            Apparently it does not have haptic feedback. Something it has in common with the Nexus 7 because the N7 doesn’t have haptic feedback either. Maybe they couldn’t squeeze the haptic motors in.

          • Jordan Goulding

            Awesome! Is it as good as Dell say it is?

          • Marty

            I don’t know what Dell has said, but to me it’s quite a nice tablet. By the way, I didn’t return it. Too nice to let go of.

  • lpka

    This is my NEXT. I’m waiting for this one more than 5 months.

    • Marty

      Keep us informed about how it works. I’m especially interested in how the Atom proc works compared to Qualcomm procs.

      • lpka

        As I checked it is up there with Qualcomm 805.
        Antutu benchmark is at 44000 and up.

  • MasterMuffin

    I’d take it without those gimmicks and symmetrical design…

    • Marty

      I agree. But I’m still gonna give one a try. Will be very interesting to see how this performs compared to my other tabs.

      • MasterMuffin

        Performance comparison with Shield or N9 could be interesting (though N9 gets bad benchmark scores because of slower reads and writes thanks to software encryption). This does have more pixels to push

        • Marty

          Just ran an Antutu test on my Shield Tablet and here are the encouraging results:

          • MasterMuffin

            The results I get with N9 range from 55155 to 58640

          • Marty

            I wouldn’t call that a bad score. Third test of my Shield earned a 56560 score. But the Shield is a 32-bit quad core setup. The N9 is a 64-bit 2-core setup.

            The best my Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 can get is 38855.

          • MasterMuffin

            It’s just that it could do better and I first need to cool it down so that it doesn’t crash while doing the benchmark!

          • Marty

            After a somewhat extensive Google search, these are best Antutu benchmark scores I could find for the latest hardware. And the best one is well below the the Shield Tablet and N9.

            http://goo.gl/XvIUgP

          • MasterMuffin

            http://www.antutu.com/en/Ranking.shtml seems like this hasn’t been updated that often, but Galaxy Alpha gets over 50 thousand. I’m pretty happy with the scores of N9 now though :)

  • Marty

    Decided to get one of these and try it out. It’s currently setting up, but initial aesthetic impressions are really good. It’s really well made, elegant and feels really good in the hands. It has the sweet cold feel of steel. :D.

    Will update as I get along with it…

    • eatyourface

      That was a nice write up. I currently have the Tab S 8.4 and I’m thinking for returning it for this. I was just wondering about the battery life since its x86. Have you tried playing a continuous loop or playing a movie for 2 hours straight and see how the battery life went? I would suggest using MX Player with the x86 codecs for maximizing HW Acceleration.

      • Marty

        That’s a good idea. And I’ll eventually get around to it. I’ll be keeping this post updated over time with new or additional information. So stay tuned…hehe. By the way, I just added additional information regarding the 64 bit system of the Dell. Not much – only 4 sentences, but worthy of note.

        I will say, just from the random usage of this tablet, the battery life seems really good. But it has a really big battery.

      • Marty

        I don’t have a compatible movie to run with MX player so, for my convenience, I’m using VUDU player offline. If I can find a compatible video to use in MX player later on, I’ll do so with x86 codecs.

        • keplenk

          Hey!

          Hows the battery life now? I saw someone post in reddit that he is only getting two days with light usage. If thats true, that is really awful. I hope you dont have a similar experience on yours.

          • Marty

            It’s actually pretty darn good for a media machine. I calculate around 13 hours straight video watching. around 15% per 2 hours. Light use game playing and other stuff seems really good.

    • Marty

      I tested my iPad Mini 2 with Antutu and here are the results. Notice the results for the iPad Air.

    • ws2k

      Marty, I noticed the slight curvature as well on the tablet which I just bought a week ago. Wondering if this is an inherent production issue or an intentional design aspect?

      • Marty

        To me it seems a production problem…minor though it is. I can’t see any reason for such a very slight curvature as this has…unless it’s that way as a means of preventing scratches to the screen when setting it down on a solid surface, being that the curvature is concave from the front.

        • ws2k

          Marty, thanks for the prompt response. The curvature on my tablet is exactly as you described. Did you notice this curvature across multiple tablets? Thank you.

          • Marty

            No problem. I observed the curvature on display units at stores. Can’t really say whether there were varying degrees of the curvature because it’s so minimal.

          • ws2k

            Did you also observe the issue on your own unit?

          • Marty

            Of course. As much as I remember I think that’s the first one I saw it on. Prompted me to look at others at the store.

  • Fatt Hardy

    I may get a Windows varient with that MadCatz controller. Install Steam and use it for indie games