Dell comes back to the tablet scene with purpose

Dell comes back to the tablet scene with purpose

It's been a while since I've held a good tablet in my hands, probably the best one so far is Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, but that doesn't really count, since it's actually a laptop-tablet hybrid.

Dell seems to be fixing that with the 8.4-inch Venue 8 7000, which was first introduced last year and has now been unwrapped at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015.

I definitely think that the size, at 8-inch or so, is ideal for tablet use as 7-inch is just way too small now with phones reaching 5.5/6-inch territory, so a 8.4-inch size for Dell's new tablet is perfect.

The most eye-catching feature of the tablet (because every other tab is just a tab), is the RealSense 3D Camera by Intel. Think Lytro, but on your tablet's camera. Basically, taking the picture first and re-focusing to wherever you want after. But we'll get into that later.

The Venue 8 7000 is also one of the nicely-designed tablets around now, and is at just six millimetres thin - the world's thinnest tablet. Its screen is no slouch, equipped with a QHD 2,560x1,600 OLED edge-to-edge display, which Dell has also introduced in its XPS 13 laptop, making the 13-inch laptop the size of an 11-inch.

The device's camera, located near the bottom of the device, is 8-megapixels accompanied by two 720p "stereoscopic sensors", to make the Intel RealSense Depth camera work. I almost missed the camera's lens location, as it is neatly masked on the back of the tablet with the two sensors also masked with a black strip on the back of the tablet.

Dell's camera software then gives you the ability to post process to a greater extent, allowing you to refocus images, a feature previously only available on Lytro's funky rectangular cameras.

By having the control of depth, you can also alter the background of images. Think of the foreground and background having two separate planes when taken by this camera, for example, only the tree in the foreground is in colour, whilst the background is applied with funky filter, you know, like the ones that are popular on Instagram.

The RealSense camera will also have the ability, with a soon-to-release software update, to come with an on-screen ruler that measures items in the picture accurately. So imagine, you are buying some furniture for your room, and want to make sure that it fits, you can let the camera do the measurements, without the hassle of using a tape measure.

The tablet's hardware is completed by Intel's 2.3GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor that is paired with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. However, the external storage is boasting a 512GB microSD card support.

Dell is launching the Venue 8 7000 for just US$400 (S$534.24)), which honestly sounds like a steal - focus adjustment after pictures are taken, it's the world's thinnest tablet and also one of the best-looking devices on the market now. Also, with Dell's strong track record for the creation of these tech devices, the Venue 8 7000 should definitely go to the top of your tablet list from now on.

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