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Dell's Venue 10 7000 vs Microsoft Surface 3: Same price, different appeal

Agam Shah | April 9, 2015
The Venue 10 7000 from Dell and the Surface 3 from Microsoft share a few things in common: they will ship in a few weeks, are marketed as tablets that can be used as laptops, and start at $499. But they offer different advantages.

Camera

A stand-out feature in the Venue 10 7000 is the 8-megapixel 3D RealSense rear camera, which can identify objects and also measure distances between items. It can also mask backgrounds during a Skype chat, or superimpose images. The Dell tablet has a two-megapixel front camera. The Surface 3 has a 2D eight-megapixel rear camera and a 3.5-megapixel front camera.

Battery life and other features

Both tablets provide up around 10 hours of battery life when watching video. The tablets also have 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Keyboard attachments turn the tablets into laptops.

Conclusion

The appeal of Dell's Venue 10 7000 is its thin size, 3D camera and high-definition OLED screen, but it won't provide the level of laptop-like functionality of Surface 3, which runs a full Windows operating system. Thus, the lightweight Venue tablet carries more appeal as a tablet that can be a laptop when needed.

 

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