Dell Launches Redesigned XPS 13 High Performance Laptop

by MAC     |     January 8, 2018

Dell has just unveiled a stunning new refresh of their popular XPS 13 premium ultraportable 2-in-1 laptop. This flagship model has long been recognized for its premium materials - namely carbon fiber and aluminium - and this latest iteration continues that legacy while also adding a new colour option dubbed "rose gold with alpine white woven glass fiber", which will be sold along with the more formal silver with black carbon fiber option.

Dell are boasting that this refreshed model is thinner, smaller, and lighter than their previous generation XPS 13, and thus remains the smallest 13.3-inch laptop on the market. With a height ranging from 0.3 to 0.46 inches, dimensions of 11.9 by 7.8 inches, and a starting weight of only 2.67 lbs, their claims definitely have merit.

When it comes to specs, the new XPS 13 is pretty spectacular. Starting with the screen, which at the highest level is a 13.3-inch 4K (3840x2160) IPS touchscreen with 400 nits of brightness, a 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a 100% sRGB wide colour gamut. For those who don't require this retina-searing sharpness, there are also two 1080p IPS display options with or without touchscreen functionality. All of these displays are referred to as InfinityEdge since they have paper-thin 4mm bezels and are covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 from corner-to-corner. Predictably, you can expect a pretty harsh endurance penalty if you choose the 4K display, with battery life listed at up to 11 hours versus a little under 20 hours for the 1080p versions. Either way, this is pretty impressive for a non-removeable 52WHr 4-cell battery, and it ensures that you will be able to type on that backlit chiclet keyboard for at least one entire workday.

Powering this laptop are two of the very latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors. There is an option of two quad-core/eight-thread chips - either the Core i5-8250U (6MB Cache, Turbo up to 3.4GHz) or the Core i7-8550U (8MB Cache, Turbo up to 4.0GHz) - both of which feature integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620. The dual channel memory options will range from a pitiful 4GB of LPDDR3-1866 up to 16GB of LPDDR3-2133, both of which are soldered and thus not user upgradeable.

The storage options are pretty respectable, with a choice of M.2 SSDs ranging from 128GB SATA up to 1TB PCIe. If you need some removable storage there is also a microSD slot. When it comes to connectivity, there are two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports and one USB 3.1 Type-C port, all of which can output DisplayPort signals to external monitors. These three ports also support the PowerShare feature that allows users to charge external USB devices using power from the laptop's battery. The wireless connectivity is provided by either a Killer 1435 802.11ac 2x2 or Intel 8265 802.11ac 2x2 solution.

When it comes to little extras, there is a 720p webcam mated to an array of four digital microphones, a Windows Hello compliant infrared camera, an optional Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader built into the power button, 2W stereo speakers, and the venerable and eternally useful 3.5mm headphone jack.

Availability is immediate, and while the price starts at $999.99 USD it can easily skyrocket into the $2500+ range. Does this look like something you would buy? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more Computex 2018 coverage from us!

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