Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 gets 10th Gen Ice Lake upgrade while XPS 15 gets GeForce GTX 1650
Dell XPS Computex 2019
Back in January, at CES 2019, Dell updated the XPS 13 with 8th Gen Whiskey Lake processors. But it seems they saved the good stuff for Computex, because I'd say that both the new XPS 13 2-in-1 and XPS 15 has gotten the more exciting overhaul.
XPS 13 2-in-1
Powering the XPS 13 2-in-1 is going to be the brand new 10th Gen Ice Lake-U CPU, the next-generation batch of microprocessors from Intel using a 10nm process technology. Up till now, Intel's been "stuck" at 14nm for the past couple of 8th and 9th Gen Core processor refreshes. To complement its new processors, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is also getting redesigned thermals, with new venting, vapor air chamber, dual fans and GORE thermal insulation. Not only is this able to keep the laptop cooler, but also enabled Dell to make it even thinner than before. According to Dell, the new XPS 13 2-in-1 will be 2.5x more powerful and yet 8% thinner than its predecessor (only 11mm at its thickest point).
But thinner doesn't mean more structural and design compromises. The chassis of the XPS 13 2-in-1 is now a 100% CNC aluminum unibody, while the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Dell has managed to make everything else in the XPS 13 2-in-1 bigger too. For starters, it has a larger screen while maintaining the same chassis size. This is made possible by using a 16:10 aspect ratio, making the total screen size about 7% larger than before. The new InfinityEdge display is also HDR400 certified with Dolby Vision and has a 4K UHD+ resolution. Like the new Alienware m17, the XPS 13 2-in-1 also features Dell Eyesafe technology, which reduces blue light without changing the color fidelity of the display. You might also like to know that the webcam position is back to the top of the lid using the tiny 2.5mm webcam module first introduced with the XPS 13.
Besides the screen size, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has an upgraded MagLev keyboard for a quieter typing experience, power button with embedded fingerprint sensor and a 19% larger touchpad.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a starting price of US$1000, with an estimated availability date in August 2019. We will update this news when local pricing is available.
While the XPS 13 2-in-1 seems like the ultimate mobility device, the XPS 15 is tuning out to be the performance Ultrabook to beat. With the latest update, the XPS 15 gets 9th Gen Coffee Lake processors up to a Core i9-9980HK, a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, 64GB RAM and 2TB PCIe SSD storage. It even uses a Killer AX1650 WiFi-6 chipset for its wireless needs. Like the XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1, the XPS 15 also gets the 2.5mm webcam upgrade front and center.
Many of the component options on the XPS 15 feels more at home in a gaming system, and yet Dell is claiming battery life up to 20.5 hours.
For its display, you get to choose between a standard Full HD screen, a 4K UHD touchscreen with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, or for the first time in an XPS device, a 4K UHD OLED display rated with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 400-nit brightness. The OLED option is not a touchscreen though and will increase the price substantially.
The XPS 15 will be available at the end of June 2019 with a local price starting at S$2,899.