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Dell’s redesigned XPS 13 laptop is thinnest and lightest ever, starting at $999

Dell's redesigned XPS 13 laptop is thinnest and lightest ever, starting at $999

Dell has announced the latest version of its popular, premium XPS 13 Laptop Thursday. The PC maker redesigned the 13.4-inch laptop taking inspiration from mobile components and miniaturized the motherboard, the smallest ever for a Dell. This has reduced the thickness of the laptop to just 14 millimeters with a starting weight of just 2.6 pounds (1.2 kilograms).

The new XPS 13 follows the release of Dell XPS 13 Plus with an even more premium and forward-looking design featuring a clear glass haptic touchpad and a row of backlit capacitive touch functions. The XPS 13 is the standard version of the laptop and year after year has been one of GameSpot’s top picksespecially for those looking for a Windows equivalent to Apple’s MacBook Air.

The motherboard of the new XPS 13 (right) is 1.8 times smaller than that of its predecessor (left).

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In addition to reducing size and weight, the smaller motherboard allowed Dell to improve the design of the laptop’s speakers for louder sound and deeper bass. However, miniaturization also means that components, including memory and storage, as well as the battery, are not user-replaceable. Display options vary by region, but the primary display offered in the US is a 13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel touchscreen with 500 nits brightness and 100% color gamut sRGB.

Configuration options include:

  • 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1230U or Core i7-1250U processors
  • 8GB, 16GB or 32GB 8GB, LPDDR5, 5200MHz, dual channel POP memory
  • 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB PCIe 4×2 SSD storage

Other features include a 720p webcam, infrared camera and fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello login, two Thunderbolt 4 ports and Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E with Bluetooth 5.2.

It’s been a good week for fans of ultraportable laptops. On Monday, Apple announced its latest Macbook Air with a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display and the new M2 chip. Microsoft followed up on Tuesday by delivering its Surface Go 2 Laptop, a lightweight 12.4-inch clamshell starting at $600. While the new Air comes with a new higher price of $1,200Dell’sXPS 13 remains at its usual price of $999. All three arrive just in time for back-to-school shopping. Pricing wasn’t immediately available for the UK and Australia, but US pricing converts to around £800 or AU$1,400.

The new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 with a detachable, open, right-facing keyboard on an orange background.

Dell’s new XPS 2-in-1 is its first XPS device with optional 5G wireless.

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Along with the updated Dell XPS 13, the company also announced the upcoming XPS 13 2-in-1. The Windows 11 tablet will have a 13-inch 3:2 touchscreen display with 3K resolution (2,880 x 1,920 pixels), 500 nits brightness and 100% sRGB color gamut. It will run on the same choice of Core i5 or i7 processors in the XPS 13 laptop backed by up to 16GB of 4,266MHz LPDDR4x memory and up to a 1TB PCIe 4×4 SSD for storage.

The two-in-one has a front-facing 1080p webcam as well as a 4K rear camera. Additionally, the XPS 13 2-in-1 will have two wireless options, standard Wi-Fi 6E or 5G with Wi-Fi 6E. The optional 5G is a first for the XPS line.

Like Microsoft’s Surface Pro models, the XPS Folio Keyboard and XPS Active Pen will be sold separately. The The XPS 13 2-in-1 should be available this summer. No price has been announced.