Back in September, when Dell announced the ultra-thin Venue 8 7000 tablet, it wasn’t just the lithe frame that caught our attention. The company really innovated on design with the product, opting for an unbalanced design that puts the screen at the top and all the hardware, including the front-facing camera and speaker, below.
That screen may be the first thing you are wowed by — it’s the same 8.4-inch 2560×1600 pixel OLED display that’s found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 — but the tablet has a lot more going on under the hood. It’s running a brand new quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor and 2GB of RAM, along with 32GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 KitKat.
But the real magic, aside from the 6mm thin frame, comes from the three cameras mounted on the back that, taken together, allow users to edit portions of a photo like depth of field. It also allows users to accurately gauge distance between objects, so surveyors and real estate agents, for example, can make accurate measurements just by snapping a photo.
Users can also make granular changes to small portions of a photo. For example, it’s easy to make monochrome the foreground object and leave the background coloured in order to reach a certain aesthetic effect. Dell’s software then organizes photos automatically into various categories, such as person, place or feature.
The technology, RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera, is being licensed by Intel, and Dell intends to put it to use in many other products going forward.
Dell’s Venue 8 7000 series begins at $449.99 CDN for the base Android model. It is available starting today at Dell.ca.