Dell is making quite a splash with its newest entry into the tablet market: the Dell Venue 8 7000, being called the ‘World’s Thinnest’ tablet.
Is it the world’s thinnest tablet?
For the moment, yes. The 7000 is only thinner than the iPad Air 2 by a very “thin” margin though, and these gadgets come out frequently. It’s probably not going to hold that title for long. You have to admit, it’s great to see companies giving a good fight in terms of “thinness” – we all get to benefit in the end.
Intel under the hood
Inside this tablet is a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3500 processor and Intel HD Graphics as well as 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Similar to the new Asus phones and tablets line, Dell is making a smart choice by going with the far superior Intel under the hood. Intel has made noticeable leaps in improvement over the heat issues with its last generation Atom processors, and is beginning to have wide acceptance among gadget manufacturers.
Great display, so-so camera
In a word: OLED. This seems to be key with the new touchscreens coming out lately. It shows the best blacks, and the viewing angles are excellent. What Dell did to improve this is the very thin bezel that it calls “edge to edge,” with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution at 359 ppi. This high-resolution screen gives the iPad Air 2 a run for its money.
Its camera, however, is where Dell Venue 8 7000 falls flat. It has all the bells and whistles with 8 megapixels and seems to snap photos fine – but only when there’s ample light. Aside from being unpredictable, its camera under-performs in low-light conditions.
Still good value
At around $400, Dell Venue 8 7000 provides great value compared to Apple’s. If you don’t mind the camera that much the “Venue” is right where it’s at.