Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship Android tablet
You might not think of Dell as a big name in tablets — not on the level of, say, Apple or Samsung. In fact, though, the once-stodgy PC maker sells one of our favorite Android tabs, the Venue 8 7000, which won a Best of CES award and earned a strong score of 84 in our review. Now, the company is back with a 10-inch edition (the Venue 10), and it’s basically a blown-up version of the original, just with some improved ergonomics.
Other than size, what sets the Venue 10 apart from its little brother is the cylindrical-shaped battery attached to the bottom edge of the device, which is rated for up to seven hours. Look closely and you’ll see it also has stereo speakers built in. Basically, the Venue 10 looks a lot like Lenovo’s Yoga Tablets, except the hinge here doesn’t flip out to double as a kickstand. What you can do is insert the tablet into an optional keyboard, at which point you can use it you know, like a Yoga laptop, with “Tent” and notebook modes, etc. If I’m honest, that big, honking battery detracts somewhat from the Venue 10’s otherwise sleek design, but it makes the tablet easier to hold in one hand.
Aside from than that one, very conspicuous change, the Venue 10 features the same machined aluminum chassis as the smaller model, and is nearly as thin, at 6.2mm thick (versus 6mm on the Venue 8). The screen resolution is the same too (2,560 x 1,600), just spread over a larger 10.5-inch display. Also like the 8-incher, it includes Intel’s RealSense 3D camera setup, complete with an 8-megapixel main rear shooter and stereoscopic 720p cameras to capture different depth layers for each shot. What’s nice here, though, is that because of the Venue 10’s larger size, you can hold the tablet without obstructing the cameras with your fingers — something we complained about on the Venue 8.
Under the hood, the Venue 10 runs an Intel Atom processor, just like the Venue 8, except this time, it comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Specifically, Android for Work, making the tablet much easier for businesses to issue to their employees. In particular, Android for Work adds certain management tools that should please IT guys, including the ability to include a company-specific version of the Play Store with a restricted app selection. At the same time, Android for Work allows you to keep your personal and work data separate, so you could still download consumer-grade apps from the regular Play Store; you’d just need to use Google Play for Work to get company-approved applications.
The Venue 10 will be available later this month, starting at $499 without the Bluetooth keyboard, and $629 with. In the US, at least, you’re looking at 32GB of built-in storage, though in other countries there will be a 16GB option too, presumably at a lower price. Either way, there’s a microSD slot on board that can accommodate cards as large as 512GB — you know, if you can even find one with that kind of capacity.