Today Dell announced the Venue 10 7000, the newest device in their line of Android tablets. The Venue 10 7000 is very much like the larger version of the Venue 8 7000, with the same Intel Atom Z3580 SoC, the same Intel RealSense camera technology, and a larger 10.5" display of the same 2560x1600 AMOLED variety. But the Venue 10's larger profile is what may allow it to become a much better device for productivity than its smaller sibling. That line of thinking is what allows for some very unique design decisions on the Venue 10 that differentiate it from other tablets.

The design of the Venue 10 is similar to the Venue 8. While it's now made of plastic instead of aluminum, it still has a very thin 6.2mm profile. However, with the Venue 10 Dell has gone with a more traditional bezel design, where the bezel is the same width on sides that are opposite each other. Despite this, the Venue 10 still has an imbalanced appearance as a result of the cylinder on the one long edge of the tablet. The cylinder is home to the battery and the speakers of the Venue 10. While this design may seem incredibly strange at first, it's what enables the Venue 10's feature that Dell hopes will give it an edge when it comes to productivity.

As you can see above, the cylinder on the side of the Venue 10 is the method of connecting it to Dell's keyboard accessory. The keyboard is fully backlit, and it also has a trackpad. It's Dell's hope that having a well integrated keyboard accessory will be what sets the Venue 10 7000 above other tablets for users that intend to use their tablet as a productivity device. Whether or not the somewhat strange design tradeoff is worth it for this ability is up for debate, and we'll hopefully be able to take an in depth look at it when the Venue 10 7000 comes to market.

Dell's Venue 10 7000 will be coming to the US later this month at a price of $499 for the tablet alone and $629 with the keyboard included. It will be coming to Canada in May at a price of $599 CDN for the tablet on its own, with the keyboard attachment being available separately.

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  • taisingera - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - link

    Agreed. This thing makes the Surface 3 seem like a good deal now. What is with these $130 keyboards though? Reply
  • Laxaa - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - link

    I guess thats where the profits are(just like $60 game controllers) Reply
  • kspirit - Friday, April 10, 2015 - link

    This. Reply
  • Johnmcl7 - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - link

    Is there a stand built in to the cylinder area similar to the lenovo yoga tablets? I'm not seeing any mention of it nor can see one in the pictures but would make sense to have one. Reply
  • Wolfpup - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - link

    Looks like nice hardware, but unless it's running Windows or real OS X, I'm just not interested. Well, unless it was like $50-100 maybe. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - link

    Lol, 499$. You can get the Venue Pro 10 5000 + keyboard dock for less than that and runs full windows with wacom AES.
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-10-pro-5055-ta...
    Or even better, just wait for surface 3. These android tablets are getting out of hand lately.

    Tube idea is rubbish without its own support like lenovo.
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  • jaydee - Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - link

    shouldn't this be running Chrome OS instead of Android? Reply
  • Valantar - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - link

    I have to say it's pretty lazy journalism not to comment on how similar this design is to the Lenovo Yoga series. It's a good design, and well worth taking inspiration from, but give credit where it's due, please. Reply
  • BMNify - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - link

    Better buy Dell Venue Pro 10 or Surface 3 at the same price. Reply
  • buevaping - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - link

    Yes, I agree with you spend the same for lower resolution tablet with a lower amount of touch software because it runs magical Windows. None of the listed options will replace an real i5 laptop that I can use in my lap or on a desk. But at least this device is primary for touch has more touch software options. Just say no to distractions and pseudo tablets when you need a darn Windows laptop. I would be interested in Surface 3 with Windows 10 and no keyboard cover and more touch software. But it needs more ram for the entry level model. Reply

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