Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Dell releases smaller, lighter XPS 13 performance laptop

Dell releases smaller, lighter XPS 13 performance laptop

Although that definitely helps. More importantly, the new XPS 13 comes in a choice of silver or, even better, rose gold with a white interior.

The keyboard is surrounded by woven glass fibre this time around, a first in any laptop. The bezels around the InfinityEdge display are now thinner, although the webcam continues to hold its awkward position in the display's bottom bezel.

Screen configurations are available at Full HD or UHD, powered by Intel UDH Graphics 620, while processing grunt comes courtesy of 8th generation Intel Core i5/i7 options, supported by up to 1 TB of fast-boot SSD storage and up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

They should hopefully see a Middle East launch (and prices) later this year.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of the new white finish, especially because of the rose gold combination which makes it look like a cheap product.

Dell is also highlighting the XPS 13's battery life, claiming that it beats all other 13-inch competitors.

The benefits here are a slightly slimmer and lighter design, coming in at 0.46 inches thick instead of last year's 0.6 inches and shaving off 0.2 pounds on the touch-enabled model.

"Technology has become an expression of style for those who use it, though fashion can be fickle", Dell Vice-President and General Manager Frank Azor, who's in charge of the company's XPS, Alienware and Dell Gaming businesses, wrote January 4 in a blog post.

The 2017 version of XPS 13 was the world's smallest 13.3-inch laptop, and now the title goes to the new variant. Dell will also be providing white chargers and power cords with the XPS 13, but there was no word on whether these would remain free of stains as well. The screen works with Dell's new accompanying Pen, and that will work seamlessly with Windows Ink in Windows 10. "And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance".

Despite the performance improvements, Dell says its benchmark results have these XPS 13's running for up to almost 20 hours with a full HD display or up to around 11 hours with a 4K display.

In addition to that, the XPS 13 has a new gold and white scheme which was revealed in a leak a few weeks.

According to Dell, you'll manage to squeeze 20-hours of battery life out of the laptop on full HD, but this'll drop to 11 hours in 4k Ultra HD mode. The Dell XPS 13 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. We also hope to get a unit in for review so we can figure out whether less will really give you more. The XPS 13 now includes three USB-C ports.

The new laptop comes at a starting price of $999 (roughly Rs. 63,336) and will be first available in the USA starting January 4. Dell additionally has a Ubuntu-based designer adaptation of the XPS 13 with Linux preloaded accessible today beginning at $949.

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