Dell’s Next-Gen XPS 13 Design Revealed With a Thinner Profile and Improved Performance

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 20 Comments

Just ahead of CES, Dell is today revealing the next-gen design for its flagship XPS 13 notebook. Dell’s XPS 13 and 15 devices have featured the same design ever since its initial launch, and the company didn’t change much in terms of the design of the device since the first XPS 13.

With the brand new XPS 13, Dell claims it is introducing the next-gen design for the device, but the design is still more of the same. The main difference? The new color. This year’s XPS 13 comes in a white and rose gold finish. Dell has swapped out the traditional carbon fiber material from the old XPS 13 designs with a new authentic alpine white woven glass material. The new material is bound to get dirty since it is white — but Dell says the material is made to be cleaned easily. The new design is also apparently 30% thinner, making it the smallest 13-inch laptop in the world.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of the new white finish, especially because of the rose gold combination which makes it look like a cheap product.

Design aside, there is are a couple of other radical changes packed in the new XPS 13. The bezels around the InfinityEdge display are now thinner, although the webcam continues to hold its awkward position in the display’s bottom bezel. Second, it now packs Intel’s latest 8th gen Core processors just like almost every other new laptop that will be coming out at CES.

Dell is upgrading the display of the XPS 13 to 4K UHD from QHD+, and it’s introducing support for its Cinema Suite tech which is supposed to enhance your viewing experience, especially when enjoying content in services like Netflix.

The latest XPS 13 does get rid of some important things — the USB Type A port. Yes, Dell is completely ditching all the Type A ports on the device in favor of the new Type-C ports, but you will likely be able to purchase dongles that bring back the Type-A ports. Two of the Type-C ports do come with Thunderbolt 3 support, so you don’t really have to worry much about the Type A port as long as you are set for the Type-C future already.

Dell is starting the sale of the new XPS 13 from today for $949, although the entry-level variant comes with the 1080p display and only 4GB of RAM. For the new 4K display and more performance, you will have to spend a lot more.

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