Specs summary

Screen
8.4"

The Dell Venue 8 7000's screen is 8.4 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5900mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5900 mAh battery.



An Android tablet wrapped in a sleek, ultra-thin aluminum frame wrapped in an awful name. Regardless, this is the 'world's thinnest' tablet and turns out to be one of the best.

- Matt Swider , TechRadar 


While the Dell Venue 8 7000 is not without its flaws, the world’s thinnest tablet brings a lot to the table, with a fantastic price point to boot.

- Taylor Martin , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 15 reviews

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • RealSense camera features
  • Battery life
  • Design

What's bad

  • Price
  • Front camera placement
  • Picky rear-facing camera

When it comes to Android tablets, even the flagship devices everyone loves can have a less-than-premium feel. Reviewers constantly note that their still waiting to see a truly premium tablet. Dell claims to have delivered that with the Venue 8 7000, along with a few other toys, but does it live up to the claims? Let’s dig into the reviews.

Currently the thinnest Android tablet on the market at 6mm, the aluminum chassis of the Venue offers weight-saving benefits as well. While it’s not the lightest tablet, it comes close, at just under 11 ounces. While there were a few aspects of the tablet that reviews didn’t agree upon, the design is not one of them. Every review, from CNet to Engadget, loves the way the tablet feels and looks. SlashGear stated, “In-hand, whether it be portrait or landscape, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a joy” while Business News Daily added, “If you're seeking a tablet that won't weigh you down on your daily commute, it's hard to beat Dell's tablet.”

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The chassis houses an 8.4-inch 2560-by-1600 pixel OLED display set off-center on the face of the tablet. The screen is nearly bezelless, a feature that virtually every review applauded. SlashGear stated that it feels like “the screen is floating in mid-air.” Contrast, color and detail on the display was hailed by all as exceptional, rivaling the best of current flagship devices.

Powering the tablet, you’ll find an Intel Atom Z3580 processor running at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM. While this makes comparing it to other tablets a little difficult, reviews are generally positive. All noted that day-to-day use was smooth and responsive. Though a few reviews had issues with heat during extended use and found the tablet to lag slightly when switching apps or flipping the screen orientation. Otherwise, reviews indicate that even heavy gaming is handled rather well.

If you’re looking for a portable media player or like to play games, you’ll find the 16GB of storage space might get a little cramped. Fortunately, with microSD support for cards up to 512GB, the tablet offers more storage than many flagship models.

One of the most touted features of the Venue 8 7000 is its 8MP rear camera with RealSense technology and flash. Using multiple sensors, the camera allows you to perform a wide range of advanced edits, including photo refocusing. Unfortunately, reviews of the camera are hit-or-miss. CNet notes, “photo quality is underwhelming” and virtually all reviews had problems with the camera in bright or low lighting.

The 2MP front camera for video chat appears adequate but highlights one of the biggest concerns mentioned in most reviews. The front facing camera is at the bottom of the device and the rear camera’s additional sensors are in the middle. This requires holding the tablet in odd positions to truly take advantage of its technologies. In the end, most reviews found it interesting yet awkward.

Lastly, the tablet includes a large, non-removable battery to keep the array of tech housed inside up and running. If you’re looking for a tablet to take on the go, reviews indicate that this is an exceptional choice. Most reviews found it easily topped nearly every Android tablet currently available. SlashGear found that they were able to pull a full weekend of mixed use on a single charge. Most reviews agreed, with the exception of PC Magazine, which also mentioned having some bugs with their test model. SlashGear summed things up well, stating, ”I can’t see anyone needing to plug this in daily.”

Overall, it appears that Dell has managed to surprise tablet enthusiasts and could be working to secure a place atop the flagship market with its Venue 8 7000. If you don’t mind the odd camera placement and off-center screen, reviews indicate this is one of the best Android tablets available in 2015. Digital Trends summarizes reviews well when they say, “If you’re an Android fan seeking a tablet with looks as premium as its performance, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is the one for you.”


Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


Tech Advisor

Smooth performance combined with good battery life

from Tech Advisor

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is an attractive Android tablet with a super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life. However, it's more expensive than closely matched rivals and the RealSense camera technology which is supposedly a selling point isn't worth the time of day.

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The Dell Venue 8 7000 is an attractive Android tablet with a super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life. However, it's more expensive than closely matched rivals and the RealSense camera technology which is supposedly a selling point isn't worth the time of day.

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Tech Advisor

Super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life

from Tech Advisor

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is an attractive Android tablet with a super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life. However, it's more expensive than closely matched rivals and the RealSense camera technology which is supposedly a selling point isn't worth the time of day.

Read full review

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is an attractive Android tablet with a super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life. However, it's more expensive than closely matched rivals and the RealSense camera technology which is supposedly a selling point isn't worth the time of day.

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TUAW

Thin design, great screen, gimmicky camera

from TUAW

At $399, the Dell Venue 8 7000 isn't exactly cheap, but it mostly merits its flagship price. Thanks to a combination of a thin and beautiful design, excellent build quality, long battery life and a stunning screen, the Venue 8 earns its status as one of the best Android tablets you can buy. As the first tab with Intel's RealSense 3D camera setup, its unique photographic capabilities are a draw too, although some of the use cases feel more like gimmicks. What would make this already-excellent tablet even better is better image quality to match its imaging tricks. Also, while having the world's thinnest tablet design is mostly a plus, some ill-thought-out design decisions mean your fingers will end up blocking the speaker and rear cameras more often than you might like...

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At $399, the Dell Venue 8 7000 isn't exactly cheap, but it mostly merits its flagship price. Thanks to a combination of a thin and beautiful design, excellent build quality, long battery life and a stunning screen, the Venue 8 earns its status as one of the best Android tablets you can buy. As the first tab with Intel's RealSense 3D camera setup, its unique photographic capabilities are a draw too, although some of the use cases feel more like gimmicks. What would make this already-excellent tablet even better is better image quality to match its imaging tricks. Also, while having the world's thinnest tablet design is mostly a plus, some ill-thought-out design decisions mean your fingers will end up blocking the speaker and rear cameras more often than you might like.

These annoyances aside, the Venue 8 is an impressive device that shows Dell doesn't deserve to still be the butt of "Dude, you're getting a Dell" jokes; the once-stodgy PC maker has shown it can go head to head with the likes of Samsung, Sony and Apple. Even if the Venue 8 itself isn't perfect, it makes me excited to see what the company does next.

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TechSpot

Beautiful display, decent overall performance

from TechSpot

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is arguably one of the best looking tablets currently on the market. If you’re a fan of slim profiles, you’ll love what Dell has done here. The mostly aluminum chassis makes for a lightweight slate given its size. 

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The Dell Venue 8 7000 is arguably one of the best looking tablets currently on the market. If you’re a fan of slim profiles, you’ll love what Dell has done here. The mostly aluminum chassis makes for a lightweight slate given its size. 

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TechRadar

This is the 'world's thinnest' tablet and turns out to be one of the best

from TechRadar

Instead of the Dell Venue 8 7000, this should have been called "Dell - the world's thinnest tablet" to tell us more about all of its iPad-beating features.

No, it doesn't match Apple's A8 chip with its unconventional use of a smaller Intel processor. That does make it slower than today's best tablets. But it ultimately helps more than it hurts, thanks to its thinner profile. This model is thin and has style, more so than other Android tablet....

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Instead of the Dell Venue 8 7000, this should have been called "Dell - the world's thinnest tablet" to tell us more about all of its iPad-beating features.

No, it doesn't match Apple's A8 chip with its unconventional use of a smaller Intel processor. That does make it slower than today's best tablets. But it ultimately helps more than it hurts, thanks to its thinner profile. This model is thin and has style, more so than other Android tablet.

It's funny to think about. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is targeting a younger audience, with an attractive design and without worrying about the tiny print on its high-resolution screen. Yet this demographic would probably think they were getting a music album if they were told "Dude, you're getting Adele." And then have to look up "dude" in Urban Dictionary.

This device marks a new post-PC approach for the old computer maker, and a good sign of things to come. I just hope the next, even more souped-up version isn't called Dell Venue 8 8000.

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Re/code

Stands out with high-quality build

from Re/code

The Venue 8 7000 comes with an Intel Atom processor, two gigabytes of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Launching apps and general navigation was smooth, and I didn’t experience any issues while streaming movies on Netflix or playing games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City...

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The Venue 8 7000 comes with an Intel Atom processor, two gigabytes of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Launching apps and general navigation was smooth, and I didn’t experience any issues while streaming movies on Netflix or playing games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

In more real-world usage, I traveled with the tablet over the President’s Day weekend, using it mostly for reading an e-book on the Amazon Kindle app, browsing the Web and checking email, Facebook and Instagram, and I went 48 hours before needing to recharge.

The Dell Venue 8 7000’s camera is more of a gimmick than a useful tool, and the thin-bezel design brings some ergonomic challenges. But its high-quality build, great performance and long battery life make it one of the best compact Android tablets on the market today. 

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SlashGear

Premium hardware, work-in-progress software

from SlashGear

Should you buy it? That’s the question, right? Should you even take a hard look at the Dell Venue 8 7000? With all the camera tricks and tweaks, and that downright sexy 6mm frame, it’s definitely attractive.

When it comes to performance, the Dell Venue 8 7000 didn’t let me down, but it did make me question Intel’s placement. On more than one occasion, screens stuttered to do things they shouldn’t, or graphic performance just dips for unknown reasons. A parallax wallpaper, placed by default, doesn't move as smooth as it could. It kind of jumps to position once you've stopped moving the tablet. That's just one example of the processor not reacting as quickly to software as it probably should...

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Should you buy it? That’s the question, right? Should you even take a hard look at the Dell Venue 8 7000? With all the camera tricks and tweaks, and that downright sexy 6mm frame, it’s definitely attractive.

When it comes to performance, the Dell Venue 8 7000 didn’t let me down, but it did make me question Intel’s placement. On more than one occasion, screens stuttered to do things they shouldn’t, or graphic performance just dips for unknown reasons. A parallax wallpaper, placed by default, doesn't move as smooth as it could. It kind of jumps to position once you've stopped moving the tablet. That's just one example of the processor not reacting as quickly to software as it probably should.

Then there’s the RealSense camera, which is full of tricks — and tricky. It’s a different layout than you’re used to, and while I didn’t find the learning curve steep, I see several different devices annually. The 8MP shooter also isn’t that good, so it’s leaning hard on the software.

That also means you’ll have to spend more time editing pics. If you’re taking stills meant for editing, it might not a problem for you. If you want to snap off a few pics for social media, this one isn’t there yet.

It’s slim, and sexy, and does what it set out to do, which is remind us Dell is here.

Is Dell back, though? Maybe soon, but not yet. Not for $399. Not with this tablet. Not today.

With a few software updates, maybe we could say this one is a class leader. With Lollipop, perhaps it could really give off a premium feel all the way through.

Version 2 of the Dell Venue 8 7000 might be Dell’s true homecoming. For now, other OEMs should keep in mind that Dell is here to do some damage in the world of Android. When they figure out how to do that — and they will — look out.

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Android Authority

Fantastic design and build quality, solid performance

from Android Authority

Our biggest cause for concern with this tablet is its ergonomics. In just about anything but portrait, it doesn’t feel quite right, and accidental screen taps or button presses are inevitable. Those issues are aren’t enough to out shine all the high points of this tablet though. It&rs...More

Our biggest cause for concern with this tablet is its ergonomics. In just about anything but portrait, it doesn’t feel quite right, and accidental screen taps or button presses are inevitable. Those issues are aren’t enough to out shine all the high points of this tablet though. It’s definitely one of the best looking Android tablets to hit the market in a very long time, the speakers and display make it ideal for multimedia consumption, and it also offers up some pretty impressive battery performance. While not perfect, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a surprisingly great tablet and is well worth the cash.

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Android Police

It feels like the future, but the future is a little awkward

from Android Police

I find myself torn with regard to the design of the Venue 8. On one hand it's cool to use a device that's almost all screen. As technology advances, I think we're going to be seeing more tablets that have design features in common with the Venue 8. On the other hand, Dell might have made too many sacrifices to earn the title of "world's thinnest tablet." The camera and light sensor are in a weird place and the tablet's weight is shifted strongly toward the bottom. The asymmetrical bezel also makes using the Venue in landscape orientation unpleasant....

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I find myself torn with regard to the design of the Venue 8. On one hand it's cool to use a device that's almost all screen. As technology advances, I think we're going to be seeing more tablets that have design features in common with the Venue 8. On the other hand, Dell might have made too many sacrifices to earn the title of "world's thinnest tablet." The camera and light sensor are in a weird place and the tablet's weight is shifted strongly toward the bottom. The asymmetrical bezel also makes using the Venue in landscape orientation unpleasant.

Maybe we wouldn't even be talking about the Venue 8 if it were two millimeters thicker, but I can't shake the feeling that I'd like it more if it was a little thicker and had symmetrical bezels.

I'm surprised that Dell did a reasonable job with the software, mostly by leaving it alone. It still ships with KitKat, though, which is getting increasingly annoying. If Dell pushes Lollipop on time, this could be a very good value.

The $399 price for the base model is maybe slightly high in my estimation. It's justifiable if you like the design, though. It only has 16GB of storage, but there's a microSD card slot. It's maybe worth looking at the Venue 8 instead of something like the Nexus 9 simply because the design is so distinct. It's awkward in places, but I applaud Dell for at least pushing the envelope. There are a few more pics in the gallery below.

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Notebookcheck

A tablet that breaks design convention

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Not everybody might appreciate the somewhat industrial-looking design - but the Venue 8 7000 is quite a striking tablet in our book. The razor-thin chassis features extremely high build quality, tight tolerances, and high-end materials. The hardware is no slouch either and offers decent performance for both work and play. Unfortunately, Dell doesn't offer the tablet with more than a 16 GB eMMC flash drive, although the user has at least the option to use a MicroSD card with up to 512 GB capacity. Ergonomics are a hit and miss: because of the ultra-narrow bezel, the tablet isn't easy to hold without triggering accidental touch inputs...

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Not everybody might appreciate the somewhat industrial-looking design - but the Venue 8 7000 is quite a striking tablet in our book. The razor-thin chassis features extremely high build quality, tight tolerances, and high-end materials. The hardware is no slouch either and offers decent performance for both work and play. Unfortunately, Dell doesn't offer the tablet with more than a 16 GB eMMC flash drive, although the user has at least the option to use a MicroSD card with up to 512 GB capacity. Ergonomics are a hit and miss: because of the ultra-narrow bezel, the tablet isn't easy to hold without triggering accidental touch inputs.

The OLED display panel features a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which sometimes leads to fonts so small they are almost unreadable. The maximum brightness is definitely less than what we'd hope for but thanks to the OLED-technology, the contrast is infinite and the tablet is still usable in brighter environments. The colors look good and are very vivid, but are not necessarily very accurate when compared to a professional color space like sRGB. The tablet remains cool to the touch no matter the workload and the battery life is sufficient to get the user through the day. Intel's RealSense technology, consisting of an 8 MP main camera and two 720p stereoscopic cameras worked without any problems. Altering the focus point after the fact or measuring the height of an object is pretty cool, but it remains to be seen how many users will take advantage of the functionality once the novelty factor has worn off.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to test the Dell Cast dongle since we couldn't get it to successfully connect. Most users with a monitor at home are likely going to have a primary laptop or desktop anyways, but for business users running a presentation the Dell Cast technology might be the right solution. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date January 6, 2015
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.6 x 12.4 x 0.6 cm (8.5 x 4.9 x 0.2 in)
Weight 305 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 359 pixels
Size 8.4 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
3D, Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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