Dell has been making Android tablets for a while, but none of them have been terribly interesting. The new Venue 8, on the other hand, stands out in a sea of freakishly similar slates. This is the thinnest tablet in the world at only 6mm (a whole one-tenth of a millimeter thinner than the iPad Air 2) and it showcases some neat camera tricks thanks to its Intel hardware. It's been vaporware so far, but now you can get one at Best Buy for $399.99.

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In order to make the device so thin, Dell had to shift the proportions quite a bit. The bottom section houses the speaker, and four (yes, four) cameras. There's one front-facing 2MP camera, a rear-facing 8MP shooter, and then a pair of rear-facing 720p sensors that measure depth. Intel calls this RealSense technology, and it's rather like the HTC One M8's Duo Camera thing, but it seems to work better (check out the video below). As for the actual image quality, that's still up in the air.


The Dell Venue 8 is powered by the Intel Atom Z3580 (Moorefield), which is a quad-core chip clocked at 2.3GHz. The 8.4-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 2560x1600. There's only 16GB of storage, though. Dell is shipping this device with Android 4.4 KitKat, so ignore all those product shots on Best Buy's site that depict Jelly Bean (someone screwed up).

At $399.99, this is a much more premium tablet than Dell usually pushes. It definitely has a number of things going for it, but I'm not sold on the design. I think it looks awkward, but that's just my opinion.

[Best Buy, Dell]