Dell Aims at Business Users with Venue 10 7000 Android Tablet
The latest Android tablet from Dell is aimed at a growing mobile workforce looking for a way to keep personal and business information safely and securely separated on the same device. The Venue 10 7000 features a 10.5-inch OLED screen, comes loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop and can be converted into a laptop with the addition of a full-size magnetic keyboard.
A unique feature of Dell's newest device is the large, cylindrical "spine" that runs along one side of the tablet. That cylinder not only provides a place for attaching the optional keyboard but also houses the battery and front-firing stereo speakers. As Dell notes, the spine also gives users a "unique barrel-edge grip" that makes holding the tablet more akin to holding a book or magazine.
The Venue 10 7000 will also be enabled for Google's Android for Work enterprise mobility management platform. Announced in February, Android for Work is aimed at BYOD (bring-your-own-device) business users who want to isolate and protect work data from the personal information on their devices.
Designed for 'Blurring Lines'
Dell's latest tablet builds on the features it baked into its Venue 8 7000. That device, with a 6-millimeter-thick profile that Dell says makes it "the thinnest tablet in the world," was named a "Best of Innovation" honoree at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The new Venue 10 7000 is equally thin, though it weighs considerably more (1.32 pounds) than its 10.76-ounce predecessor. It features an OLED touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor.
Another feature included on the tablet is an Intel RealSense snapshot depth camera like the one Intel has been advertising so heavily on TV these days. The camera -- or, rather, three cameras in one -- lets users refocus images after they've been snapped and estimate distances between different points on photos.
A spokesperson for Dell told us the reason the company chose to release a business-focused Android tablet. "As the lines blur between work and play -- with people checking in on work after hours for example -- people want to access their work materials regardless of OS," the spokesperson said. "Also, many small to mid-size businesses and startups use Google Docs and Hangouts to collaborate and work across geographies today and want to extend that collaboration across more devices."
Another Model for Education
Set to go on sale in May in the U.S., Canada and China, the Venue 10 7000 has a starting price of $499 -- $629 with the optional detachable keyboard. Attached magnetically, the backlit keyboard accessory lets users set up the Venue 10 7000 in five different positions: tablet, slate, stand, tent or clamshell.
"We put a lot of work into our keyboards to ensure that they're durable, they attach securely to the display without wobbling, and that they comfortable to type on with good travel," the spokesperson added.
Dell is also releasing another model -- the Venue 10 5000 -- designed specifically for the school market. Priced starting at $299 ($349 with the keyboard), the device is one of the first tablets to be certified with Google Play for Education, according to Dell. The Venue 10 5000 is available now in the U.S. and select countries around the world.