Dell has once again successfully managed to improve one of it’s best selling laptops, the XPS 13. Ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is scheduled to be held in Vegas later this week, Dell has released a refreshed edition of its quite-successful Dell XPS 13. One of the much-touted feature of the recent XPS series has been the InfinityEdge display, allowing Dell to fit a 13-inch screen into an 11-inch frame (talk about size-zero).
The laptop is now thinner, lighter than its predecessor, and also comes in a brand new rose gold edition. At 1.22 kg, the new XPS 13 is one of the lightest 13-inches laptop in the market, placing it squarely in the market of the MacBook Air. The company also claims that the new XPS 13 looks just as good even after 3 years of use and, in addition to that, you can wipe off any kind of stains; which, if true, could give whiteboards a serious run for their money. In order to make the carbon-fibre more obvious, Dell also decided to go with a white textured palm rest which can get extremely dirty, in a matter of seconds; We are hoping their 7-day instawipe technology works as well as they advertise it.
This bezel-less laptop offers the same internal specifications as its older sibling – Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5-8250 U, going up to 3.4 GHz, and the Core i7-8550U clocked at 4 GHz. You get three flavours of RAM – 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB.
In terms of storage, we get an ample amount of choices – from a 128 GB SSD to a 1 TB PCIe SSD (That’s a lot of high-speed data, folks!). Going further, Dell declares itself to have a battery life of 20 hours with the Full HD touch display. However, a 4K model with an UltraSharp HD InfinityEdge touch display, and a battery life of up to 11 hours is also up for grabs. Furthermore, the XPS 13 plays nice with Windows Hello as an added perk, packing voice, facial recognition, and an optional fingerprint reader in the power button.
Keeping in tune with latest trends, Dell has replaced the USB 3.0 ports to USB C-type, which means you have to lug your adapters around if you haven’t completely switched sides yet. Much to all photographers’ chagrin, the laptop’s SD card has given way to a microSD card reader, which is honestly a lot less useful.
Going into minute upgrades (read: possible marketing gimmicks), Dell maintains that the XPS 13 stays cooler, owing to its woven glass fibre structure, aiding them to dissipate heat faster, and hence facilitate better performance. The company also boasts that you can wipe off all kinds of stains from the laptop, as long as it’s not a stain of the scale suffered by the Galaxy Note 7.
Oh, what’s this? The webcam has changed places from the incredibly awkward lower left side to the less awkward mid-lower bezel, but you still have to make do with chin-shots when calling your loved ones over Skype. The new Dell XPS 13 is already available for purchase in the United States at a retail price of $999 (approximately Rs 63,369). A Linux-edition is available for $50 less.