Hands on with Dell's Venue 8 7000 series tablet

— 6:56 PM on September 9, 2014

IDF — One of the best old-school touches of today's opening keynote at the Intel Developer Forum was an appearance by Michael Dell near the end of CEO Brian Kranizch's speech. The Dell founder brought along a downright sexy-looking new tablet that his company has designed, the Venue 8 7000 Series.

This 8" tablet runs Android on top of an Intel Moorefield SoC with dual Atom cores.

Its most disctive feature is a camera that uses Intel RealSense technology to capture depth information about its subjects. In the keynote, the tablet was able to apply an after-the-fact focus correction to a picture of the Golden Gate bridge.

The tablet isn't about just a single killer feature, though, as we discovered when we got some hands-on time with it this afternoon. Its 8.4" OLED display sports a resolution of 2560x1600 and stretches right up to three of the device's edges.

The sleek, metal chassis is only 6 mm thick and is pleasantly lightweight. In just about every way, the Venue 8 7000 Series looks like it could be one of the most desirable tablets in its class.

While onstage during the keynote, Michael Dell also spoke some encouraging words about the traditional PC business. He said that Dell had seen a 15% increase in PC sales this year, and he claimed that the growth was a result of people "getting back to productivity" and thus to traditional PCs. "So when you get back to your PC," said Dell, "give it a hug. It's OK."

That's all well and good, but I wouldn't mind curling up with one of those tablets, either.

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