The Android tablet market is kind of at a crossroads. There are plenty of great options, but there’s no true leader. Seeing this saturation as an opportunity, Dell seized the chance to throw its own hat into the mix. And you know what? The company’s Venue 8 7000 isn’t half-bad.
Ok, so the name is pretty terrible. But let’s put that aside for a moment. While folks were fawning over the Nexus 9, Dell managed to surprise just about everyone with its own slick take on what a small Android tablet should be. It’s an intriguing, bold move, and currently the thinnest tablet on the market.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 sports an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600-pixel OLED display, Android 4.4 KitKat, 2GB of RAM and an Intel Atom processor. But it’s not really about the specs of this thing; it’s about the odd design, and some of the neat functionality afforded by the Intel technology.
Because Intel is included, you get all the fun benefits of RealSense, which you can learn more about here. It might not be stuff you use regularly, but it opens up new possibilities, and we can’t fault Dell for wanting to use the Venue 8 7000 as a showcase for Intel’s tech.
We’ll be putting this guy through its paces over the next several days. Our immediate reaction is that the design is kind of throwing us off. Having the speakers face you is all well and good, but it’s just so easy to block them when the tablet is held in landscape.
In any case, check out the unboxing, and stay tuned for more coverage down the road.