Dell Venue 8 7000 cameras

One of the cool features of the Intel Atom processor being used in the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet is that it can (along with the help of a couple extra cameras on the back) approximate the measurements of items within images. Until this week, however, that feature had been inactive in retail units. A quick software update this week has finally turned it on.

Dell Venue 8 7000 measuring tool

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That means if you're so inclined, you'll be able to whip out this $400, 8-inch tablet, flip it upside-down, take a picture of something and then maybe get a decent reading of how tall it is, or even get its area. It's a neat trick, but we still contend it's cheaper, easier and more consistently accurate to carry around a $5 tape measurer.

Also interesting is that the tablet noted that our cameras may be out of alignment, but that it'll get better as take more pictures. Which might or might not happen.