Dell bills the 4.5-pound , 0.57-inch thick unit with a “black cherry” finish as the lightest, thinnest 16-inch unit on the market, as well as the world’s first laptop with wireless docking as an optional accessory. It also features inductive charging, eliminating the need for power cords with use of a charging stand.

It’s also the first Dell to fully implement Latitude ON, a hardware-based instant-on technology that can access Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)   Exchange servers to deliver a constant stream of emails, calendar items and other basic information services without waiting for the laptop to boot up. The company is comparing the feature to having a built-in smartphone inside the laptop.

The technology includes a second motherboard with its own processor and operating system to run the instant-on service. Run times for the feature can stretch as long as two days, according to Dell.


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