The tablet world is shifting quickly. While arguments for and against the need for a “third device” have been raging since the early days of the iPad, we’re seeing tablets emerge that are far more potent and capable than ever before. In fact, it’s tough to lump products like Dell’s Venue 10 7000 in with bargain-bin slates that are clearly built to be used primarily for mobile Internet browsing and other strictly consumption-based use. This device we’re testing here is cut from a different cloth. In many ways, it’s paving a new path for tablets, and at first blush, you may assume that such a well-engineered product has Windows underneath.
||Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop)
||64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor
||Imagination PowerVR G6430
||2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
16GB or 32GB inbuilt eMMC storage (plus a microSD slot supporting up to 512GB)
||10.5-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixels) OLED Display
||8MP Intel RealSense Rear-facing Camera
||2MP Front-facing Camera
||WiDi (Miracast), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), GPS
||3.5 mm stereo audio jack, micro-USB 2.0
||1.32 pounds (597 grams)
9.58- x 7.69- x 0.24-inches (LxWxH)
||6000 mAh / 26.5WHr (non-removeable)
||$499 (16GB) / $549 (32GB)|
Dell has been leading with a lot of Intel platform technology as of late and the new Venue 10 7000, like its little brother, the Venue 8 7000, is powered by Intel’s Atom Z3580 quad-core SoC with a PowerVR 6430 graphics engine. In combination with 2GB of LPDDR3-1600 memory, it makes for a capable processing engine but we’ll dive into the numbers more, shortly.
Dell’s Venue 10 7000 isn’t so much a tablet as it is a potential laptop replacement. Pretty much everything about the device suggests that it’s capable of standing in for a basic laptop, but the elephant in the room has our attention: is it possible to create a solid laptop replacement powered by Android instead of Windows or another full-blown OS?