Dell Venue 10 7000 Is Slick, Can Convert Into An Android Laptop – Forbes

Dell Dell is getting good at industrial design.

The just-announced Venue 10 7000 is yet another fetching design, following the earlier Venue 8 7000 and the new XPS 13 laptop.

The standout feature of the chassis is a “barrel edge” at the bottom (see photos) that can connect to an optional keyboard base, turning it into a laptop running Android — what Dell calls “clamshell mode.”

But note that the keyboard — like Microsoft’s Microsoft’s Surface tablets — is really not so optional. The barrel edge is designed to be used with the keyboard base.

“The Venue 10 7000 gives our customers…enhanced productivity with a full-sized keyboard,” said Neil Hand, vice president, Dell Tablet Group, in a statement.

Like many Windows 2-in-1s (aka, hybrids), when the the keyboard dock is attached, the tablet can be used in different positions or “modes”: laptop, slate, and presentation.

Specs are impressive: an Intel quad-core Atom Z3580 processor, a 10.5-inch OLED 2,560×1,600 screen, 2GB of memory, and 16GB or 32GB of flash memory storage.  It also has an Intel RealSense snapshot depth camera.  Audio is provided by front-firing stereo speakers with MaxxAudio Waves tuning.

The Venue 10 7000 weighs in at 598 grams (about 1.3 pounds) and at 0.24 inches it’s just as thin as the iPad Air 2.  (Because it’s a bigger 10.5-inch design with the barrel edge, it weighs a bit more than Apple’s 9.7-inch Air 2.)  Dell claims 7 hours of battery life.

Last but not least it runs Google’s Google’s Android 5.0, Lollipop OS.

Dell is targeting both consumers and businesses but there is a bit more emphasis on the latter, as it comes with Android for Work technology, “which enables a secure container to separate work and personal experiences,” Dell said.

“Additionally, IT departments have the ability to manage which apps are available to employees and create their corporation’s own app store,” according to Dell.

Pricing starts at $499 for the tablet, which jumps to $629 with keyboard (almost the exact same pricing scheme as the entry-level Microsoft Surface 3). It will be available on Dell.com in the U.S., Canada and China in May.

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