It's been a pretty busy week for Dell at CES 2017, where the company unveiled a wide range of new products, targeting a variety of users. Among its announcements was that of the business-class Latitude 5285, a Surface Pro-style device that the company claims is "the world's most secure" 2-in-1.
Dell also revealed another device aimed at business users, saying it believes it to be "the world's most versatile 2-in-1". The Latitude 7285 promises "the ultimate 'no wires' experience", with WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging capabilities.
The 7285 is a Windows 10 tablet with three detachable keyboard options: a slim, light Travel Keyboard for maximum portability; a Productivity Keyboard that adds up to four hours of extra battery life for the device; and the Wireless Charging Keyboard base. Dell explained the advantages of introducing wireless charging to the device:
That means you can move quickly between meetings without the hassle of hooking up power cords and other cables at every stop. Grab the Latitude 7285 2-in-1 and immediately walk away from your desk without disengaging any wires or a physical dock. Return to your desk, set the Latitude 2-in-1 on the power mat, and your PC will begin charging immediately.
Key specs of the Latitude 7285 include:
- 12.3-inch Sharp IGZO display with 2880x1920px resolution (3:2 aspect ratio) and Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i and Core i vPro processors, with Intel HD 615 graphics
- 8GB or 16GB RAM
- 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD; or 256GB SED
- microSD card slot
- 8MP rear camera
- 720p front-facing camera with support for Windows Hello facial recognition
- Dual band 802.11ac WiFi including Miracast support
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 2 x USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support
- TPM 2.0
- 34WHr battery
- 273.2 x 208.5 x 7.8mm; 675g (tablet only)
The Latitude 7285 also offers WiGig docking capabilities through an optional Wireless Dock. As you would expect from such a high-end device, it also includes stylus support, but it appears that both the Active Pen and Wireless Charging Mat will be optional extras rather than part of the package.
Further details about the device will be made available in May.
Other major Dell announcements at CES this week included:
- XPS 13 2-in-1 and 27 Ultrathin Monitor
- Taking on Microsoft's Surface Studio with the XPS 27 and Canvas desktop PCs
- Inspiron 7000 gaming laptops
- The $5,000 UltraSharp 8K Monitor
- Windows 10 VR headsets from Dell, and other manufacturers
Dell also confirmed this week that the Windows 10 Creators Update - the next major update to the OS - will be released in April. Microsoft had previously only said that the update would be made available in "early 2017".
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