Toss the brick: The Latitude 7285 is Dell’s first hybrid product with a wireless charging dock

Dell’s latest high-end detachable hybrid laptop / tablet is the Latitude 7285. Because it’s in the Latitude line, it’s for business users, but has enough cool features that it will enjoy. For anyone looking at a premium hybrid.

Like popular hybrids like the Surface line, this started off as a standalone tablet. But while the Surface and some other Dell hybrids feature thin clip-on keyboard covers, this model connects to a more traditional keyboard base. That means when the two parts are together, it looks like a regular clamshell laptop.

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Unlike some other detachable devices, there’s no second battery in the keyboard base, but it still plays a big role in charging. It is the first Dell product to work with its own charging dock and a separately sold accessory that works similarly to the charging dock available for some phones. The company behind the base is called WiTricity and its magnetic resonance technology (part of the AirFuel Alliance standard) powers wireless charging.

Simply place your tablet and base on a large, square charging dock and the system will get its power without having to plug it in directly. This is the only Dell system that supports this feature so far, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it expand to more products later on.

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The dock currently only works with the Latitude 7285, but Dell says future systems will be compatible as well.

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There is no price for this yet, either for the system or for the charging dock sold separately, but Dell expects this to be available by the end of May.

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