Dell Venue 8 7000/7840: Best Buy, First User Report

Same-day update at end of post

That does me no good. It’s in Las Vegas. I’m not.

I’m hoping Brad Linder of Liliputing will get his mitts on it and wring some benchmarks out of it:

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I’m sure others will be pounding on it as well.

In Comments, E.T. pointed to an Android Police post that shows it listed at Best Buy as the Dell Venue 8 7840 — with a miserable 16GBs of RAM for US$399.99. There are 2GBs of RAM, allegedly there’s no WiDi (Wireless Display), and no mention of a microSD card slot.

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Enlarging the renders shows nothing to indicate a microSD card slot:

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There’s no view of the top. Which is where any headphone jack now has to be. Could there be a slot up there? I doubt it.

At post time, aside from the above tweet, Dell is being mum and their website hasn’t been updated. That could still happen today. It’s earlier in Vegas than where I am.

Via Tablet News and Reddit, we have the first user report:

It feels very solid. The metal body is one solid piece across the back and it wraps around the edges to the front on three sides to hold the screen in. I don’t get quite the same “thick metal” feel that I get from my HTC One, but it definitely feels nice.

The screen has some pros and cons. With a solid dark image, like a gray background to an app, there are some faint lines running down the screen. And just about any non-direct viewing angle gets a bit of a green tint. Also I noticed the headphone jack feels a little wobbly.

But, I just watched an episode of the newly HD remastered The Wire, and for video performance this is one of the best displays I’ve ever seen. Bright colors pop, shadows fade into nothingness; it’s really impressive.

Another downside is that it’s only got one speaker, but I figure if I’m watching much more than the occasional YouTube clip I’ll have headphones in. Still, it’s a bit disappointing that we’re now in the year 2015 and people are making mono devices.

Oh, also the Android build is nearly stock, which is very welcome. I’ve never had a tablet before so I don’t know what sort of battery life to expect, but it’s not dead yet and I’ve been using it all day.

Obviously you’d be best off waiting for a full review from people who do that professionally, but if you have any other questions I can try to answer them.

Edit: I should also add that I can’t really answer the price tag comment because I had some essentially free Best Buy money laying around so it didn’t really feel like a $400 purchase.

He also posted CPU-Z spec screens:

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Tablet News says it has a microSD card slot. I wish the Reddit user had mentioned it one way or another.

Same-day update: From the Reddit thread, a question:

Why not the nexus 9 if you don’t mind me asking?

And the answer reveals it does have a microSD card slot:

I didn’t like the 4:3 aspect ratio and lack of SD card on the Nexus 9. I don’t usually care about an SD card on a phone but for a tablet I might take it to watch a movies on a plane or road trip where you can’t just stream things.

Good news!

Previously here:

Dell Venue 8 7000 Delayed
Video: Dell Venue 8 7000 Vs. Nexus 9

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