Dell Venue 8 7840 goes on sale at Best Buy: world's thinnest tablet, first with Intel RealSense

Intel's RealSense is quite the futuristic technology. It allows you to scan real-life objects and get a usable (or rather, printable) 3D scan; it also makes it possible to tell depth information and with an open SDK, the sky is the limit. The problem with it was that it was not really available to users of mobile devices.

This now changes, as the long-announced-but-never-really-launched Dell Venue 8 7840 finally gets reintroduced, and it sports an Intel RealSense camera. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. The Venue 8 7840 also arrives with a splash, taking over the iPad Air 2 as the world's thinnest tablet. The difference between the two, however, is minimal: both measure 0.24" (6.1mm), with the difference being in the numbers further behind the decimal point.

The Venue 8 7840 is also equipped with solid specs on its own: it features an 8.4" display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels, and it runs on Intel's Z3580 system chip running at up to 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and a suitable ImgTec PowerVR G6430 GPU. Internal storage is set at 16GB, and you can expand it via microSD cards. 

The only slight let-down is that the tablet ships with Android 4.4 KitKat in times where Android 5.0 Lollipop is the buzzword around town. Let's not forget, though, that right now the only devices on sale with Android 5 are of the Google Nexus series, and let's keep our fingers crossed that the Venue 8 7840 will get updated quickly.

You can get the tablet for $400 off contract at the link right below.

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Venue 8 7840
  • Display 8.4" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2330 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I hope Dell really put the effort, behind this tablet, with marketing and support.

10. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Yes, love this device. Hope dell backs this up properly like they do their Laptops.

2. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Wow folks when Dell brings Windows 10 Mobile Operating system to this Class of Tablets. US Windows Microsoft fans will have some very nice devices.

3. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Ok everybody, deep breath... And 1, 2, 3..... [America switches over to metric...] ah... so nice.

4. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Nice tablet but why the awkward screen placement? There is no need for such a large bottom bezel and no top bezel. And who puts a front facing camera on the bottom of the device? Sigh!

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Sharp does.

8. halca

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

nothing wrong with trying new things.

5. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Will end up like every other Dell Phone or Tablet.... no support, no updates, and broken in a few months. Plus, it is FUGLY

6. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I need a real replacement to my Dell Venue 8 Pro, not the little to no effort Dell Venue 5000 refresh or whatever it is called. It is basically the same device as my DVP8. :|

9. zulrakz

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Android 4.4 KitKat is way better than Android 5.0 Lollipop.. i shouldn't had updated my nexus 7 2013 to Android 5.0 Lollipop, now the battery life stinks & sometimes it doesn't reacts to my taps..

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