Dell announced on Tuesday the sale of its Latitude 7285 laptop, which the company says is the world's first laptop that can charge wirelessly. The laptop along with the compatible keyboard and the Wireless Charging Mat would cost approximately $1750.
While smartphone makers have been the more successful, having tried special cases and chargers with NFC capabilities to implement wireless charging, laptops with wireless charging have been very rare. This was until Dell unveiled their Latitude 7285 2-1 at CES. The Latitude 7285 uses a clever method to bypass wireless charging’s roadblocks to deliver a solution. Dell claims that it is the first fully fleshed-out version of the feature for laptops.
The Verge in a report deciphers's the technology behind Dell's success and finds that the trick lies in the keyboard. The Latitude 7285 is a 2-in-1 hybrid which means that all of its components fit inside the tablet display, which can be attached to one of three keyboards offered by Dell to create a clamshell laptop. One of these keyboards communicates with Dell’s new wireless charging pad. So once the 7285 is placed down on the mat with the keyboard attached, the power bypasses the keyboard and goes straight to the computer.
Dell claims that the wireless charging mat isn't designed to be used on a metal surface, as the wireless charging technology it uses involves magnetism. Hence, if the wireless charging mat is to be used on a metal surface, one will have to place it at least two inches away, on a non-metallic stand.
Dell said today that the Latitude 7285 12-inch is available for sale on its website starting at $1,199.99, and that the Wireless Charging Keyboard and Wireless Charging Mat will cost another $549.99 (a discount of $29.99 is applied if you buy them together).
The 12-inch 2-in-1 at $1,199.99 has an Intel Core i5-7Y54 with 128 GB SSD and 8GB of memory. According to the report by The Verge, a 13-inch convertible version of the Dell Latitude 7000 will also be available in August, with pricing for the device to be announced soon.