Dell Launches All-New XPS 13 With 13.4-inch 4K Ultra HD+ Display And 10th Gen Ice Lake CPUs

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The Dell XPS 13 has always earned high marks here at HotHardware for its excellent all-around performance and highly portable design. However, the folks at Dell aren't content with the status-quo, and have launched a completely redesigned XPS 13 that delivers all of the performance that we've come to expect within a thinner, lighter, and smaller chassis.

We have to kick off the discussion by talking about the display. Even though the new XPS 13 is smaller all around, Dell was able to equip the laptop with a larger 13.4-inch InfinityEdge display (16:10 aspect ratio). Actually, it's a 4-sided InfinityEdge display if we get technical. That means that the bezels are minimal and the XPS 13 now sports a screen-to-body ratio of 91.5 percent. In fact, the bottom bezel now measures just 4.6mm thick, which is down from 19.5mm.

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When it comes to available display panels, you will have your choice of Full HD+ in either touch or non-touch options. Both options give you a 500-nit brightness rating, 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut, and an 1800:1 contrast ratio. For those that want more screen real estate, there's a 4K Ultra HD+ panel that comes in at 3840x2400. It is HDR 400 certified with a 500-nit brightness rating 100 percent sRGB coverage, 90 percent DCI-P3 coverage, and comes with a 1500:1 contrast ratio.

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As for the chassis, Dell says that it is completely made of CNC-machined aluminum (two-piece design) and the display is covered in Gorilla Glass 6. The palm rest continues with woven glass fibers which provides heat resistance and strength while minimizing added weight. The laptop measures just 14.8mm thick and weighs in at 2.64 pounds for non-touch models (opting for touch pushes weight to a still feathery 2.8 pounds).

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When it comes to power, Dell has fitted the new XPS 13 with Intel 10th generation Ice Lake processors. Unlike its Comet Lake-based predecessors, the Ice Lake processors are built on Intel's new 10nm process technology. There are Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 options available, with the flagship laptop featuring the Core i7-1065G7 processor. Up to 32GB of LPDDR4x memory can be installed, while up to a 2TB PCIe SSD is available. 

Other features of note include a 52 WHr battery, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support. You won't find any full-size USB-A ports on the XPS 13, as Dell has outfitted the laptop with two Thunderbolt 3 ports instead, along with a microSD reader. However, it should be noted that Dell will ship a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box.

Dell says that the new XPS 13 (9300) will ship on January 7th priced from $999.


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