OK, so it looks like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung might have to move over a little bit and make room on the tablet-market stage for Dell. The company’s announced its new Venue 8 7000, which it’s touting as the thinnest Android slate in the world – all of 6 mm thick!
Anorexia, thy name is…
The Venue 8 7000 is sized to go toe to toe with Apple’s iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab Pro. No pushovers those, not one – we can only assume that Dell knows this full well, and has thus worked to kit out its new small tablet accordingly. (Bring a knife to a gunfight and you really won’t get very far.)
Our source says that the Venue 8 7000 will sport a high resolution 8.4 inch OLED display – a 2560 x 1600 pixel one – and according to the press pictures, it seems to be an edge to edge one – minimal bezels here, thankfully a far cry from many other slates. But that’s far from all, as Dell is also touting the fact that its upcoming slate will be one of the first to ship with the Intel RealSense platform. In a nutshell, this platform will consist of a 3D camera and special Intel software, which will enable 3D gesture based input akin to, say, a Leap Motion or Microsoft Kinect controller. Really quite intriguing (despite the possibly massive impact on battery life).
No word yet on what version of Android the Venue 8 7000 will be running, but it’ll be quite a bit of a disappointment for Dell not to have put in “Android L” when the slate finally does launch – most especially since, rumor has it, that the next version of Android might launch very soon.
Price and availability
According to our source, the Dell Venue 8 7000 should arrive just in time for the 2014 holiday season. Its price hasn’t been announced just yet, but hopefully it will be in line with the competition. Check back with us later, we’re sure updates should be coming in thick and fast as we approach its launch date!