Introduction & Specifications
So now that you know what Dell's latest Android tablet doesn't have, let's spend a few moments talking about exactly what it is. For one, it's the world's thinnest tablet, measuring a mere 6 millimeters thick, or 0.24 inches and change if you're staunchly opposed to the metric system. That's 0.1mm slimmer than Apple's iPad Air 2
The slim form factor isn't the only thing that stands out about the Venue 8 7000. It also features one of the best displays on the market, an 8.4-inch OLED infinity edge-to-edge panel with a 2560x1600 resolution, and is the first to integrate Intel's RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera. Toss in premium build quality, front-firing stereo speakers, and things like Miracast support, and what you end up with is a high-end Android slate with far more features than most in its category.
We'll cover these features in finer detail, but before we dive in, here's a look at the full spec sheet...
Interestingly, Dell doesn't offer any storage upgrade options -- it's 16GB or bust, though as mentioned, you can supplement the built-in storage with a microSD card (or take things to the cloud). You might have also noticed that it ships with Android 4.4 KitKat instead of Android 5.0 Lollipop. We'd be surprised if Dell didn't dole out a Lollipop update sometime this year, but for now, you'll have to crunch on KitKat.
A look at the pricing breakdown puts the Venue 8 7000 in top-shelf territory. That may seem like a tough ask compared to budget priced Android slates like the Fire HD 7, but it's not really fair to compare the two. For a better comparison, you'd have to hop over to iOS territory and pit the iPad mini 3 against the Venue 8 7000, the latter of which sports several advantages for the same price -- it's thinner, faster, has a slightly bigger display with a higher resolution, and is equipped with better cameras.
The real story here, however, is in the design and unique features. Let's have a look.