The parade of superlatives known as CES lumbers on today as Dell trots out what it's calling the "world's thinnest tablet," the Venue 8 7000. Not listed in Dell's spec sheet: The fact that the device is nominated for my coveted "Blandest Name for a Cool Gadget" award alongside the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi. Stiff competition this year.
We got a chance to go hands-on with the Venue 8 7000 earlier this year. At a mere 6mm thick I do think Dell's within its rights to call this the thinnest tablet available, and it's a sleek-looking minimalist device — very similar to the new XPS 13 laptop, in fact.
The Venue 8 7000 Series features an 8.4-inch, 2560x1600 edge-to-edge display powered by a modified Intel Atom quad-core processor clocked at up to 2.3GHz. Also, a notable surprise: There actually is a MicroSD slot in this thing, contrary to what we thought back in September. That's good, because there's only 16GB of internal storage — being able to supplement that with up to 512GB of MicroSD space is a huge boon.
Dell's also touting the camera capabilities of the Venue 8 7000 Series. This is the first tablet to integrate Intel's RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera. Every single picture you take attaches to a depth map that can later be used for various editing techniques — adjusting brightness, changing focus, et cetera. Also, this:
"In addition, customers will be able to do simple linear or area measurements with a photo, like measure the length of a sofa or the area of a room."
In other words, screw tape measures. Forever. Throw them out. Or at least use them only for dumb things, like fake sword fighting.
We'll have a more extensive look at the Venue 8 7000 Series in the future, no doubt — and that future isn't far away, considering it launches today (January 6) for $400 on Dell.com.
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