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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  • djc208 - Friday, April 10, 2015 - link

    Can't see Dell not offering this with Windows, just a matter of installing the different OS on it for the most part. But it's not meant to replace a real Core i laptop anyway, however as a secondary machine it's an interesting option if/when they do put Windows on it. I like the Surface 3 also, but this could be a close contender with Windows 8.1/10 on it. While the ecosystem of apps isn't there my Android tablet just doesn't do things my windows laptop does so easily, like access my network shares. Reply
  • pSupaNova - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - link

    Not really, Windows would spoil this form factor it is just not fit for purpose on tablets yet.

    Android is becoming more productive every day, and if you really want to use Windows just use a app like Splashtop 2 to remote in to your Windows/OSX box
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  • Baron_Fel - Sunday, April 12, 2015 - link

    Or you could just get a surface and not have to use windows over the internet lol Reply
  • fredddd4 - Friday, April 10, 2015 - link

    Good old 'very unique' strikes again. Yes this unique device is more unique than other unique devices. Someone get Brandon a dictionary ffs. Reply

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