After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Dell’s Latitude 7285 2-in-1 tablet is now available. As expected, it’s the company’s first 12 inch Windows tablet with optional support for wireless charging.
Here’s how it works: the tablet supports a detachable keyboard, and you can opt for either a standard “productivity keyboard” or “wireless charging keyboard.”
If you choose the latter option, then you you can drop the keyboard on top of a charging pad without plugging in any wires to top off the battery.
Prices start at $1200 for the tablet, but you’ll have to pay extra for the keyboard, charging mat, or other accessories.
There are actually separate batteries in the keyboard and the tablet. If the tablet is docked to the keyboard base, the charging pad will deliver power first to the tablet and then to the keyboard once the tablet’s battery is full.
Since it’s actually the optional keyboard that supports wireless charging, there’s no way to charge the tablet itself without wires. But you can plug it into a 45-watt USB Type-C adapter to charge the tablet.
Both the productivity keyboard and the wireless charging keyboard feature full-sized, backlit keys.
Dell’s tablet features a 12.3 inch, 2880 x 1920 pixel display and supports up to a Core i7-7Y75 Kaby Lake processor, up to 16GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory, and up to 512GB of PCIe/NVMe solid state storage (or twice as much if you’re willing to sacrifice an internal wireless card).
The Dell Latitude 7285 tablet features a 34 Wh battery, an 8MP rear camera, a 720MP front camera, an IR camera with Windows Hello support, two Thunderbold 3/USB Type-C ports, and support for an optional DEll Active Pen (sold separately).
The tablet measures 10.8″ x 8.2″ x 0.28″ and weighs about 1.5 pounds. Add the productivity keyboard and the combined weight goes up to 3 pounds. Dell hasn’t provided weight details for the wireless keyboard yet.
with a detachable keyboard to feature support for wireless charging.
Just place the keyboard on top of the charging pad, and electricity will be delivered to the computer, charging the tablet first, and then the keyboard (they both have their own batteries).
Dell charges $1200 for a model with a Core i5-7Y54 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The productivity keyboard (without wireless charging) will set you back another $250.
Want wireless charging? You’ll have to pony up $550 for the Wireless Charging Keyboard + Charging Mat, or you can pay $380 for the keyboard and $200 for the mat if you’d rather buy them separately for some reason.
…but you have to Plug In the Charging Mat to the wall.
Then rest the laptop directly on top of the mat.
So basically its no different to plugging in the laptop to the wall.
Well, maybe the difference would be in the abysmal/slow charging rate with the Mat.
If the display is as matte as the render images want us make believe, I seriously consider buying it, provided it is silent, the battery acceptable and serviceable, and the brightness suitable outdoors. 3:2 and two thunderbolt ports are nice.
If this unit is fanless, I’ll be putting this on my watchlist and watching for severe price drops. I had the Dell Venue 11 Pro before I picked up my HP Spectre x2 12 and this Dell might just be the replacement for that. The upgrade path for the HP Spectre has a fan and for me…it’s a no go. Fans on tablets I will not purchase.
Honestly can’t believe Dell is delivering a laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Unless I missed a recent product offering from them in the last XX years, everything from laptops to monitors has been 16:9. It was getting very annoying.
They’ve done a lot of things right on this machine – from aspect ratio to *true* laptop mode to CPU/Storage. Sadly… out of my price range. There’s also the question of (general) Linux compatibility.
Oh so this is a refresh for the XPS 12 / Latitude 7275. Those are available for significantly less money and have most of the same niceness including dual thunderbolt 3, core M processors, UHD or FHD display options. Chances are this has the same issues though like that internal battery won’t last long (the 30Wh in the XPS 12 sure didn’t).
At that price, I would rather get the XPS 15. The tablet functionality (with hinges!) and thunderbolt 3 is nice, but the wireless charging feels like a huge fad to increase the price. I will start to consider this tablet if it ever goes on sale for $800.
Check out the XPS 12/ Latitude 7275. In my region they’re selling for £400-500 in top spec with a keyboard. The only missing feature that I can see is the wireless charging.
Scratch that, the screen is 3:2 on this one whereas it’s 16:9 on the old model. Still a pretty good deal.
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