I find it utterly confounding that in space year 2014AD, manufacturers are still concerned with thickness. When was the last time – or indeed the first time – someone walked into a shop and demanded: “Gimme the thinnest phone/tablet you’ve got!” We’ll take a big fat battery over thinness any day.
Oblivious to our concerns, Dell has laid claim to the latest “world’s thinnest tablet”, the ridiculously thin Dell Venue 8 7000 series. Catchy name, too. “Hey man, what tablet’s that?” “Oh, just the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series.” Beautiful.
The headline here (literally) is that the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series measures just 6mm, which is an admittedly impressive feat considering it houses an 8.4in display.
To give that figure some context, Samsung was pretty chuffed when it managed to keep the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 down to 6.6mm, and more recently Sony wowed us with the 6.4mm Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
Meanwhile, the iPad Mini 2 (Retina) could do with hitting the gym; it’s comparatively chubby at 7.5mm.
Other Dell Venue 8 7000 Series specs include an eye-friendly resolution of 2560 x 1600, which equals Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S series, and some sort of quad-core processor clocked at 1.33GHz-2.33GHz depending on the model.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is tipped to hit stores before the end of the year, so we’ll have more specifics before then. Probably.