Inc. this week unveiled what some are calling the
thinnest tablet on the market.
founder and CEO Michael Dell showed off the eight-inch
device — which is only 6 millimeters thick, 20 percent
thinner than an iPad Mini — this week at the 2014
Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco.
ultra-thin device — named the Dell Venue 8 7000 —
has incorporated a new Intel technology called RealSense
that creates a kind of depth map of images viewed
through the device’s multiple cameras. A user can
trace a finger along the edge of an object in a photo
and the tablet will display its dimensions.
camera technology will also allow consumers to refocus
pictures after they’ve been taken and even measure
objects like furniture to see if they would fit in a
functionality will help set Dell’s new tablet apart,
said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights &
Dell Venue 8 7000 will be one of the most differentiated
tablets in the market when it becomes available,"
Howard, a Dell spokesman, said the technology "has
a lot of future application potential."
continuing to look for ways to innovate in the (tablet)
space," he said.
tablet’s possibilities have created a buzz in the
our hands-on with a prototype unit, the depth-sensing
wasn’t perfect and the Dell software to manipulate
those images was quite buggy, but I saw enough examples
to be convinced the technology really works," wrote
Sean Hollister for the tech site Gizmodo.
site, The Verge, called the tablet "the most
exciting Android tablet this year."
tablet will be available for purchase in November, but
Dell officials did not release pricing information.
new tablet is part of Dell’s strategy to continue
investing in the personal computer and tablet markets.
such as PCs and tablets remain an important focus for
the company, despite the rapid decline of the global
personal computer market, Michael Dell told reporters
last year as he won shareholders’ approval for his $25
billion offer to take the company private.
said he doesn’t think Dell would have released such a
product before going private.
can take more risks, do things a lot quicker and they
don’t necessarily have to explain themselves
financially to everybody," he said.
is the largest private employer in the Austin, Texas,
metro area, with about 14,000 of its 100,000-plus
employees in Central Texas.