Tagged as one of the best laptops in 2020, so far, Dell has announced new refreshes to its XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1, which are both powered by Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors. The new versions will be made available in the US and Canada today onwards, and are set to be priced at $999 and $1,249 respectively.
First teased at Intel’s Tiger Lake launch event earlier this month, the new XPS is to have better memory running LPDDR4x at 4,267MHz, rather than that earlier 3,733MHz. Like many other Tiger Lake flagships, they’ll also support Thunderbolt 4 and Intel’s Xe integrated graphics. New XPS configurations will be equipped with either the Core i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7, or i7-1165G7, that latter being quad-core chips. The 2-in-1 sports the same re-design as the early-2020 XPS received. Dell has also claimed that the entire XPS 2020 line will arrive in “sustainably sourced” packaging that includes recycled, ocean-bound plastics.
According to Dell, the convertible display is 7 percent larger than those of previous generations, which translates into a much more striking screen-body ratio standing at 91.5 percent. The 13.4-inch screen is available in either 1080p HD or 4K resolutions, with the XPS 13 2-in-1 obviously possessing touchscreen functionality standard though it’s available as an option for XPS 13 clamshell models.
As far as the new design is concerned, the top and bottom bezels, have gone significantly smaller. The company has also announced two new colors with“platinum silver with black carbon fiber composite palm rest” and“frost with arctic white woven glass fiber palm rests.” This is a step ahead of the previous 2 in 1 colors that were named “platinum silver” and “arctic white.”
Apart from these new specs, Dell also announced a “developer edition” of the XPS 13. This is a Linux-based device and the first laptop to come preloaded with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Dell is also offering a free Ubuntu 20.04 LTS download to anyone who owns an XPS 13 and wants to switch their system over, regardless of whether they have a developer edition.