The doors opened; the masses piled in; and it began: Yesterday was the first official day of CES. It’s perhaps the most frenzied day of the week, with hundreds of companies vying for attention within the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. So, what happened on the show floor yesterday? Check out the gallery below and find out.
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Earlier today at CES, Dell released the Dell Venue 8 7000, which was first shown in September at Intel’s Developer Forum. The tablet is the thinnest in the world with a 6mm thickness, and it is the first with Intel’s Real Sense 3D camera.
The Venue 8 7000 has an 8.4-inch, 2,560 x 1,600p, OLED display, which extends edge-to-edge. Dell calls it an infinity display. On the back, there is an 8MP camera near the bottom. Two 720 stereoscopic sensors above it are Intel’s RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera. The technology is already included in some laptops, but Dell is the first to take advantage of its software with Dell Gallery, a photo manager. The RealSense camera and Dell Gallery together make image post-processing and refocusing easier. For example, you can change the background color of a photo while leaving the foreground subject’s color intact.
Also included in the tablet are a 2.3GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a micro SD card slot that is capable of accepting cards up to an astonishing 512GB. An LTE version is in the works. While the device currently runs Android 4.4 KitKat, Dell explains that the update to Lollipop will be available soon. The company also adds that users could update it themselves since the tablet is unlocked.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 will be available in the US and Canada later this week for $399. It can be bought from Dell.com and Best Buy stores. Dell says that the tablet will arrive in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Germany, and the UK early this year.
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Dell is probably not the first name that comes to mind when thinking about Android tablet devices, but the company hopes to change that. The Dell Venue 8 7840, which has been in the works for a while, is finally available for retail purchase. The tablet can be purchased through Best Buy for $399. Dell brings a couple unique features to the table with the device that may make it worthwhile to look at.
First is the thin size of the tablet. At the rounding level, the Dell Venue 8 is the same thickness as the iPad Air 2 at 6.1 mm thick. Go beyond that first decimal place though and Dell is able to make their claim of world’s thinnest tablet. Looking to the width and height dimensions, Dell’s tablet comes with an 8.4-inch OLED screen that implements an “Infinity Edge-to-Edge” display which gives the device some thin bezels on three of four sides. Resolution is a nice 2560 x 1600. The Venue 8 comes with an Intel Atom processor running at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD. On the down side, the Venue 8 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat instead of Android Lollipop.
The rear-facing camera is the second unique selling point for the Venue 8. The camera itself is only an 8 MP unit, but it incorporates Intel’s RealSense technology. RealSense technology can scan a real-life object and generate a 3D scan of the object. The 3D scan can be used to pull depth information as well as generate 3D printable instructions. The Venue 8 is the first mobile device to implement this technology.
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Back in September 2014, Dell unveiled a new range of tablets dubbed the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series. These new tablets have a couple of cool features. The first is that the devices are only 0.24 inches (or just over 6mm) thick, and the second is that they includes a 3D camera.
With little fanfare the Dell Venue 8 7840 has now appeared on BestBuy’s website and is available for purchase. The 7840 looks remarkably like the model shown during the launch of the 7000 series and keeps the distinctive asymmetrical build, as well as the target thickness of 0.24 inches.
The 7840 comes with an 8.4″ OLED infinity display, with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. At the heart of the device is an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, which is clocked up to 2.3GHz. The choice of processor isn’t surprising since the tablet was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum, plus the RealSense 3D camera also comes from Intel. However, it is important for consumers to understand the differences between ARM and Intel processors.
As for the Intel RealSense technology, it is basically a 3D camera setup that comprises of three cameras, the main 8MP camera and then two smaller ones which add the 3D capabilities. According to Intel’s website, RealSense allows tablets “to see the world in three dimensions and enabling entirely new ways to use them. From scanning a toy and duplicating it with a 3D printer, to dramatically changing the lighting on a picture taken a week ago, the way we use our tablets will evolve in exciting new ways.”
The full name of the new range of tablets is the “The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet” which leads me to think that Dell could also ship Windows variants of these tablets, something it already does for other Venue 8 tablets.
You can get a Dell Venue 8 7840 from BestBuy for $400.
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If you’re in the market for a new Chromebox you should start paying attention. Dell released a Chromebox bundle online for $199. That bundle includes a wireless mouse and keyboard (valued at $39). The Chromebox from Dell sports 2GB of RAM, a fourth-generation Intel processor, and an Intel 7260ac HMC network card. However the deal does not include a monitor so if you’re going to buy this make sure to have one on-hand.
Normally the Chromebox retails for just under $300. So if you’re in the market for a new Chromebox, hit the source link below. There’s no telling just how long this deal is going to last, so you better hurry.
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Nope, that’s not a Surface Pro up there. But it’s close. Dell just refreshed its 10.8-inch Venue 11 Pro tablet, and, much like Microsoft’s slate, it’s gone on a bit of a diet. Whereas the original Venue 11 Pro ran on a traditional, laptop-grade Core i5 processor, this one uses one of Intel’s new Core M chips, which allows it to be much thinner and lighter — and fanless, too. All told, it now comes in at 1.62 pounds and measures .42 inch thick — not bad for what’s essentially an 11-inch laptop replacement. (It’s even slightly lighter than the Surface Pro 3, though to be fair, Microsoft’s tablet also has a bigger screen.)
As before, it’ll be available with your choice of Core i3- and i5-series processors, a 1080p IPS screen and an optional Synaptics-made digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input. Given that this is a lower-powered Core M processor, we wouldn’t be surprised if the performance were slightly below last year’s model but even so, battery life is supposed to be longer: up to 10 hours on the tablet, plus another 10 if you add the optional Mobile Keyboard, which has its own 10-hour battery built in. Speaking of the sort, both of last year’s keyboards, including the “Slim” folio, will work with this year’s model as well. Good news for IT departments that already sprang for the accessories, and only want to upgrade the actual tablet. The Venue Pro 11 starts at $699 with the Slim keyboard included. Storage starts at 64GB, but there will also be 128GB and 256GB models available. Look for it this month, and in the meantime, enjoy the hands-on photos.
If you liked the looks of Alienware’s new thin-and-light 13-inch laptop or its bigass, futuristic-looking Area-51 desktop, then listen up: Both are on sale beginning tomorrow, with shipments starting in November, and we finally know the full specs. Starting with the Alienware 13, it goes from $999 (£949 in the UK) with a dual-core Core i5-4210U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 860M GPU, 1TB 5,400RPM disk and a fairly low-res 1,366 x 768, non-touch matte display. If you like, you can step up to 16GB of RAM, either a hybrid hard drive or up to a 512GB SSD, and either a 1080p non-touch display or a 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen. It would seem, though, that despite those various upgrade options, there’s only one choice for the CPU and graphics card. Regardless of the configuration you get, the whole thing comes wrapped in a slimmed-down package that weighs about four and a half pounds and measures an inch thick.
Meanwhile, the Area-51 starts at $1,699 (£1,299 in the UK) with a six-core Intel Core i7-5820K processor, a 2GB AMD RadeonTM R9 270 GPU, 8GB of RAM, a 2TB 7,200RPM hard drive and a slot-loading DVD burner. From there, you’ve got lots of upgrade options — way more than on the Alienware 13 laptop. On the CPU side, there’s a slightly faster six-core Intel Core i7-5930K processor (clocked at 3.5GHz instead of 3.3GHz), as well as an eight-core Intel Core i7-5960X chip. In total, there are four memory slots; Dell will ship the machine with eight, 16 or 32GB. When it comes to storage, you can step up to a 128GB SSD plus a 2TB 7,200RPM drive; a 256GB SSD with a 4TB HDD; or a 512GB solid-state drive, also with a 4TB disk.
As for graphics, well, this might take a few sentences: The Area-51 is available in single-, double- and triple-GPU configs. If all you can afford is one graphics card, your upgrade options include a 2GB NVIDIA GTX 770, a 3GB GTX 780, a 4GB GTX 980 or the GTX Titan Z with 12GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Ready to hear the dual-card options? You can get the GTX 770 with 4GB (2 x 2GB), the GTX 780 with 6GB (2 x 3GB), the GTX 980 with 8GB (2 x 4GB) or the Titan Z with 24GB (2 x 12GB). Across the board, NVIDIA’s SLI technology is enabled. Finally, the three-GPU options include a mix of both NVIDIA and AMD cards (but mostly NVIDIA). There’s the GTX 770 with 6GB (3 x 2GB), the GTX 780 with 9GB (3 x 3GB) and the GTX 980 with 12GB (3 x 4GB). If you’re an AMD fan, meanwhile, you an score the Radeon R9 290X with 12 gigs (again, 3 x 4GB). Depending on which brand of graphics card you choose, you’ll get either NVIDIA’s SLI technology or AMD Crossfire. Lastly, there’s a Blu-ray drive option, in case you haven’t quite ditched physical media.
We know what you’re thinking: What the hell is a “graphics amplifier”? (Some of you smartasses are probably also wondering if it goes to eleven.) In fact, it is what it sounds like: The Amplifier, a new accessory from Alienware, is a big ol’ shell that lives on your desk, with room for nearly any desktop-grade GPU (anything up to 375 watts). Once you get that set up, you plug the thing into your gaming laptop via a cable and boom, your notebook is suddenly running off a desktop-grade GPU, not the mobile one that came built inside the chassis. As a bonus, the Amplifier also has four powered USB ports, so you can also use this as a docking station for your keyboard, mouse, monitor, et cetera. And yes, that glowing Alienware head on the front has customizable lighting. Of course it does.
Sounds kinda rad, right? Right. Well, except for one teeny detail: This requires a proprietary, PCI-Express-based cable, one that only works on the new Alienware 13. According to a Dell spokesperson, future models will use the same connection port but for now, even if you have an older Alienware machine you’re outta luck. Of course, too, if you own a notebook from another brand, like Razer or ASUS, this will be of absolutely no use to you. Which makes sense: Dell wants to give people an incentive to buy Alienware laptops. This is, at the end of the day, just an Alienware add-on and little more. But come on, imagine how many of these Dell would sell if it could make the thing work using a common standard.
Assuming we haven’t taken the winds out of your sails, this is up for preorder today for $299 in the US and £199 in the UK (GPU not included), and is expected to ship sometime in November. As for the rest of you, well, we’ll always have Spinal Tap, right?