Dell has officially made the Venue 8 7000 tablet available in the UK, styled as the thinnest of its type in the world and claimed to be the only Android device to offer a desktop experience.
First unveiled at Intel's Developer Forum event last year, the Venue 8 7000 is just 6mm thick and boasts an impressive 2560x1600 resolution 8.4in OLED touchscreen, and runs the Android 4.4 Kitkat platform. It is available in the UK from today starting at £326, the firm said.
V3's sister title The INQUIRER managed to get a hands-on with the Venue 8 7000 at IDF.
Dell's latest tablet is noticeable not just for its slimline design, but for being the first tablet to feature Intel's RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera, which can gauge the distance to objects within its field of view. This makes it possible to measure the length, width and height of objects in a photograph.
The Venue 8 7000 also offers "desktop-like productivity" with Dell Cast, a productivity and screen mirroring solution that enables users to connect wirelessly with an external display and a keyboard and mouse, according to Dell.
This uses a Dell Cast adapter, a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on a monitor or TV and receives a streamed image from a Dell Cast application running on the Venue tablet.
The Venue 8 7000 is based on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor with 2GB memory and 16GB of flash storage, and comes with 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, but no mobile broadband option.
Security options include Dell Data Protection Mobile Edition, which uses encryption to protect data stored on the tablet.
As well as the Dell Cast adapter, Dell offers a range of accessories for the Venue 8 7000, including a protective Targus Tablet Sleeve, Targus Stylus and Bluetooth Keyboard Folio that provides a full Qwerty keyboard for typing and folds around the Venue 8 7000 to protect it when travelling.
Dell is not the only enterprise vendor to unveil an Android tablet aimed at business users. HP launched its Pro Slate 12 and Pro Slate 8 devices last month.
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