CES 2017: Dell 2-in-1 laptop can wirelessly charge through its keyboard!

The Dell Latitude 7285, a new 2-in-1 business laptop unveiled at CES yesterday, uses an interesting method to bypass wireless charging’s pernicious roadblocks to deliver a true solution.

Dell claims it’s the first fully fleshed-out version of the feature for laptops. The trick is in the keyboard.

The Latitude 7285 is a 2-in-1 hybrid. That means its components fit inside the tablet display, which can be attached to one of three accompanying keyboards to create a clamshell laptop. One of these keyboards communicates with Dell’s new wireless charging pad. So when you place the 7285 down on the mat with the keyboard attached, the power bypasses the keyboard and goes straight to the computer. It’s wireless charging with a caveat.

Dell expects to ship the device in May, but has yet to announce hard specs or pricing. Dell also plans on announcing wireless charging compatibility for other devices in its product lineup later this year.

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