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Dell updates popular XPS 13 notebook, now thinner, more powerful, and comes in rose gold

By Kenny Yeo - on 5 Jan 2018, 1:39pm

Dell updates popular XPS 13 notebook, now thinner, more powerful, and comes in rose gold

(Image source: Dell)

Ever since its inception, the modern XPS 13 with its InfinityEdge display has been one of our favorite 13-inch notebooks. It has a nice display, a good selection of ports, decent performance, and is very portable.

However, competitors have caught up in recent times and the XPS 13 is starting to lose a bit of its competitive edge.

That all changes with the new XPS 13.

Set to debut next week at CES 2018, the new XPS 13 has been thoroughly updated and is slimmer, lighter, and more powerful.

(Image source: Dell)

In fact, Dell calls it the smallest and most powerful 13-inch ultraportable notebook in the world. Bold claims. Oh, and it comes in a new rose gold finish that has an, and we quote, “alpine white woven glass fiber” palm rest.

So what’s new? First off, the new XPS 13’s InfinityEdge display now has edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and supports up to 4K resolution and with touch. A lower resolution Full-HD version is also available.

The new XPS 13 is also thinner and slightly lighter. Maximum thickness is now just 11.6mm, whereas it used to be 15mm. Weight has been reduced marginally to 1.21kg - it used to be 1.29kg.

(Image source: Dell)

Inside, the new XPS 13 is powered by Intel’s newest 8th generation Core processors. There’s the Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U. Both are quad-core processors.

The XPS 13 will also get up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB PCIe-based SSD.

To cope with the heat, the XPS 13 features a redesigned and rather interesting thermal solution. It features GORE thermal insulation within that directs heat out of the XPS 13 and helps keep the notebook cool, thereby ensuring consistent and reliable performance.

In terms of ports, the XPS 13 will lose its USB Type-A ports. Instead, it will get two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a single USB 3.1 port, all of which use the USB Type-C connector.

The XPS 13 will also lose its SD card reader. In its place is a microSD card reader.

The XPS 13 comes with a 52 wH battery and offers up to 19 hours of battery life.

The Dell XPS 13 is available now and will be priced beginning at US$999.

We will update this piece with local availability and pricing details once we have them.

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