During CES 2017 this week, Dell announced and teased a new 12.3-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet with a wireless charging keyboard called Dell Latitude 7285, that Dell will show more of later this year, when it will be launched at the Dell EMC press show in May.
Basically the Dell Latitude 7285 can be bought with an optional mat for the keyboard that works in the same way that a tablet docking traditionally does. So if a customer has bought both the Dell Latitude 7285 charging mat which uses WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging, and has bought the WiGig wireless dock, then the customer can take the tablet with them, without disconecting it from any wires, and when they get back to their workstation, simply put it back on the charging mat, and the Dell Latitude 7285 will automatically start charging again and it will be reconnected to any external displays or any other peripherals as well.
Dell says the price will be announced in May, but most of the Dell Latitude 7285 specs are available already. It is powered by choices of the 7th gen. Intel Core i5/i7 procssor, with or without optional vPro, is has 8GB to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD 615 Graphics GPU, 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD storage and 256GB SED storage options, while the 12.3-inch Sharp IGZO screen has 2880 x 1920 resolution, with 100% sRGB and Gorilla Glass 4.
The Dell Latitude 7285 battery life is 6 hours with the ordinary 34WHr battery, but can be extended to 9 hours with an additional 22WHr base. So as you can see from the two different pictures here, it will have two different keyboard options.
It has a HD front camera and IR camera for Windows Hello login, a 8MP rear camera, two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, 2×2 dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetoth 4.2.
It has stylus support too, and the Dell Active Pen (PN557W) can be attached to the side of the tablet, like on a Surface tablet. It’s also a relatively light 12.3-inch tablet at 675 grams, with a thickness of 7.8 mm. Just too bad it’s half a year away from launching.
Before then, only the Asus Transformer 3 Pro offers the same 2880 x 1920 resolution and Thunderbolt 3 experience.
– Jim Miller