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Dell's new tablet has a 3D camera and a swanky OLED screen

Dell's new tablet has a 3D camera and a swanky OLED screen

Dell's Venue 10 7000 will ship in the coming weeks starting at $US499

Dell Venue 10 7000 (2)

Dell Venue 10 7000 (2)

Dell has added the Venue 10 7000 to its tablet line-up, a relatively high end device that boasts a crisp OLED screen and a 3D camera -- with a price tag to match.

The 10.5-inch OLED screen displays images at a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. And at 6.2-millimeters, the tablet is a hair thicker than Apple's iPad Air 2.

An appealing feature is the depth-sensing, eight-megapixel camera which can do more than take selfies. With Intel's 3D camera technology, it can identify objects, measure distances, and make Skype chats fun by changing the background or superimposing images.

The features come at a price. The tablet will sell for $US499, which also gets you 16GB of storage. For $US629 you can have an attachable keyboard as well.

It's a big brother to the 8-inch Venue 8 7000, which has similar features and shipped earlier this year. But with the larger screen and keyboard attachment, it could be used as a laptop to get work done, particularly with support coming for Microsoft Office for Android, said Kelli Hodges, a manager at Dell.

The product will ship worldwide in the "coming weeks," a Dell spokeswoman said in an email. It weighs 598 grams and will be available with up to 32GB of storage and 2GB of DRAM.

It will run Android 5.0 on a quad-core Intel Atom chip code-named Moorefield. Other features include a two-megapixel front camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-SD slot.

The tablet will provide roughly seven to 10 hours of battery life, according to Dell.

Dell considered Windows for the tablet but the OS didn't support the Moorefield processor or the OLED screen, Hodges said.

The 3D camera could be useful to real estate professionals, interior designers and other workers who need to take measurements in their job. The camera can measure to an accuracy of about 98 percent, Hodges said, though it's intended as an informal tool and not for precise measurements.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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