Just like clockwork, the Dell XPS 13 is getting another refresh, a year on from its last upgrade at CES 2020.
Officially dubbed the XPS 13 9300, the new model comes with a slightly larger 13.4-inch display (16:10), bezels that are 78 percent smaller, and a larger keyboard. The screen is FullHD+ (1920×1080) and is 25 percent brighter than last year’s model. All told, the laptop offers 6.8 percent more viewing area, despite a total form factor that’s two percent smaller.
The larger keyboard is a particular boon. If you need to do a lot of typing on a 13-inch laptop, you want the keyboard to feel as roomy as possible. On the new XPS 13, the keyboard stretches across the entire device.
Under the hood, you’ll find an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage. If you want to save a few bucks, you can opt for an i3 or i5 processor instead.
The XPS 13 also has two USB-C ports (one on either side), a micro-SD slot, a headphone jack, and a fingerprint sensor. The audio is supplied via two 2.5W speakers. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 are supported.
We were lucky enough to play with the new XPS on the show floor—and we were seriously impressed. With its aluminum, carbon fiber, and woven glass fiber chassis, the laptop clocks in at just 2.8 pounds and is only 0.5 inches thick. It’s the perfect machine for people who need high-end computing power while on-the-go.
We also had a fiddle with the and improved Dell Mobile Connect app. It now supports iOS, thus letting you seamlessly drag-and-drop photos and files between Windows and Apple’s mobile devices.
In addition to the regular consumer model of the XPS 13, Dell has also launched an upgraded Developer Edition. It comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Unlike the previous editions, there’s also a fingerprint reader and up to 32GB of RAM.
The consumer model is available from January 7th for $999. The Developer model hits shelves a month later and will cost $1,119. Both models are available in black and white.
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