Dell unveiled the Venue 8 7000 Series in late-2014, calling it "the world's thinnest tablet" with a 6mm-thick body, and a sleek design featuring ultra-slim bezels around its high-resolution OLED screen. But the most intriguing feature of the device was its Intel RealSense camera setup, with a primary 8-megapixel shooter, and two secondary cameras used for sensing 'depth' in an image, allowing users to refocus an image after taking a picture.
When the device went on sale in January 2015, it was priced at $399 - and for many potential buyers, that was simply too high a price to pay for an 8.4-inch Android tablet, even with its sophisticated imaging equipment. But the Venue 8 7000 might prove to be a bit more appealing now that Dell has slashed $200 off.
The 16GB model is now available for just $199, while the 32GB variant will set you back $249. Key specs of the device include:
- 8.4-inch OLED screen with 2560x1600px resolution (359ppi pixel density)
- Quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom (Z3580) processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB / 32GB storage options
- 8MP rear camera with additional depth-sensing cameras
- 2MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Miracast support
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 5900mAh battery; up to 9.5 hours of battery life
- 215.8 x 124.4 x 6mm; 305g
Before you buy, be aware that the device ships with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop onboard, and it's not yet clear if Dell is planning to provide an upgrade to version 6.0 Marshmallow.
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