Dell’s Latest XPS Takes On the Surface Tablet


The Dell XPS 2-in-1 tablet at a desk.

Dell is giving its reversible laptop computer a Floor-inspired redesign. The brand new XPS 13 2-in-1 is a fully-functional pill with a removable magnetic keyboard, a touchscreen, and a stylus. It runs on the spectacular {hardware} for the form-factor, and oddly sufficient, it packs a 4K rear digital camera.

Possibly “Floor-inspired” is an understatement. The brand new XPS 13 2-in-1 mimics a number of factors in Microsoft’s game-plan, together with the procuring expertise (you need to purchase the keyboard and stylus individually) and the dedication to high-end efficiency.

Below the hood, the XPS 13 2-in-1 packs the newest twelfth Gen Intel Core processors (i5 or i7). Its highest configuration makes use of an i7-1250U CPU, which is corresponding to the i7-1185G7 chip in the most costly Floor Professional 8. There’s additionally LPDDR4x RAM (as much as 16GB) and helps a most 1TB of PCIe 4 SSD storage.

The Dell XPS 2-in-1's detachable touchscreen.

Dell additionally shoved a 13.3-inch 3:2 Gorilla Glass 7 touchscreen on this pill, which is notable for its 1,800:1 distinction ratio (it’s additionally barely bigger than the Floor Professional 8’s 13-inch display screen). The opposite show specs, together with a 2880×1920 decision, 500 nits of brightness, DisplayHDR 400 help, and 100% sRGB protection, are predictable however nonetheless fairly good.

Right here’s the bizarre factor; Dell went nuts with the 2-in-1’s cameras. The 5MP selfie lens helps a 1080p decision and Home windows Hey sign-in, whereas an 11MP rear digital camera captures 4K pictures and movies. I solely want that Dell went all-out on the port choice—there are simply two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports. So, no headphone jack, HDMI output, or SD Card reader. (The TB4 ports help video output, and the pill comes with adapters for headphones and USB-A units.)

The Dell XPS 13 on a white background.

Along with the brand new 2-in-1, Dell unveiled an upgraded XPS 13 laptop computer. It seems to be fairly much like earlier fashions, however this time it has a single-color paint job and ditches the headphone jack (a choice that makes zero sense in knowledgeable laptop computer, by the best way).

Probably the most important adjustments to the XPS 13 are all inside. There are two selections of twelfth Gen Core processors (i5-1230U or i7-1250U) with Iris Xe graphics, as much as 32GB of LPDDR5-5200 RAM, a most 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage, an elective 4K UHD+ touchscreen show improve, and as much as 12 hours of battery. (Although you’ll solely get this battery life with the i5 1080p mannequin.)

Dell additionally caught an incredibly small motherboard within the new XPS 13, which seems to make room for improved thermals. The earlier XPS 13 may get a bit scorching (even its keyboard may get scorching), however this mannequin makes use of only one fan—I hope that Dell isn’t performing overly assured right here. Additionally, the webcam and battery get an “improve,” although the digital camera’s nonetheless 720p, and the battery is 51Wh as a substitute of 52Wh.

Pricing for the XPS 13 2-in-1 is unknown, although Dell suggests that it’s going to launch this summer season. If you’d like the brand new XPS 13 laptop, you’ll be able to order it now beginning at $999.

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