Dell Perfects the XPS 13, Brings the Webcam to the Top

Dell today revealed its biggest announcement for CES 2019: the new XPS 13. The most important change about the new XPS 13? The nosecam is gone.

Ever since Dell started cutting down on the bezels on its XPS line, the company moved the webcam on the devices to the bottom. The position of the webcams meant they were always looking up your nose, making meetings really awkward. And with the new XPS 13, all of that is finally changing.

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Dell has managed to engineer its smallest webcam ever, coming in at 2.25mm which allowed it to fit the webcam into the top bezel of the device without compromising the size of the bezel. This means you are still getting the same 4mm bezels, allowing for a screen-to-body ratio of 80.7%. The company says the new camera also allows for sharper, crisper, and clearer picture quality thanks to the new 4-element lens. It’s a big achievement from an engineering and design perspective for sure.

Dell is also changing up some other elements of the device. There’s a new frost exterior finish that will join the usual rose gold and black/silver options for the device. The new frost exterior comes with an improved arctic white palm rest that is apparently brighter and a “whiter white”.

In terms of the internals, you can get up to the 8th gen quad-core Intel Core i7 U-series processor, clocked at up to 4.6GHz. You can get up to 2TB of PCIe internal storage, up to 16GB of RAM, and the Intel UHD Graphics 620 for the GPU.

For the 13.3-inch display, you can choose between a 4K UHD touch panel, an FHD non-touch panel, or an FHD panel with touch. The device is still the smallest 13-inch laptop made by Dell, promising to offer up to 21 hours of battery life.

The new XPS 13 is available today, starting at $899. Dell is only selling the variant with the UHD touch panel in Silver, Rose Gold, and White. The new white/frost variant will be available in late January, as well as the non-touch FHD panel in Silver. And sometime after January 2019, Dell will release the variant with the FHD touch panel in silver.

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  • Polycrastinator

    08 January, 2019 - 1:15 pm

    <p>The XPS 13 has been one of my favorate laptops since Dell came out with it, but that Nosecam was definitely ridiculous. Glad they've finally seen fit to fix that issue.</p>

  • SupaPete

    08 January, 2019 - 1:29 pm


  • jaredthegeek

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 1:34 pm

    <p>Webcam to the top bezel is fantastic. Makes the Dell XPS 13 impossible to beat.</p>

  • bryan1up

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 1:53 pm

    <p>Does the new webcam support windows hello?</p>

  • MutualCore

    08 January, 2019 - 1:58 pm

    <p>Let me guess, it's a 480p webcam. It's not like Dell has conquered physics, aperture and focal length matter.</p>

  • simont

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 2:36 pm

    <p>Only one model has 16GB RAM that I can see on the Dell website and that is the 9380 model and it is $1859.99.</p>

    • coeus89

      08 January, 2019 - 3:05 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392881">In reply to simont:</a></em></blockquote><p>Historically you have had the ability to select whichever model you wanted and then bump just the ram up. You aren't completely restricted to the pre-configured models that are on the website.</p>

      • jaredthegeek

        Premium Member
        09 January, 2019 - 1:07 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#392886">In reply to coeus89:</a></em></blockquote><p>That has not been the case on the XPS 13 for at least two generations as its soldered on ram.</p>

  • MyCleverUsername

    08 January, 2019 - 3:57 pm

    <p>What about the XPS 15?</p>

  • warren

    08 January, 2019 - 5:51 pm

    <p>Unfortunately this new XPS 13 doesn't support Windows Hello. Not enough space for the sensor.</p>

  • bluvg

    08 January, 2019 - 10:00 pm

    <p>Now, for the 3:2 display… :)</p>

  • Cardch

    09 January, 2019 - 4:59 am

    <p>I guess your excitement at this news will be based on whether you use the webam more for Windows Hello login or for video conferencing.&nbsp;&nbsp; Personally I use Windows Hello login about 10 times a day and video conferencing once in a blue moon so for me this is a bad thing.</p>

    • andrey.opohmelkin

      09 January, 2019 - 6:18 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#393021">In reply to Cardch:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Windows Hello is restricted in our company because it's just not secure enough.</p>

  • digiguy

    Premium Member
    09 January, 2019 - 5:51 am

    <p>No, the bezels was slightly increased to fit this webcam, but that's what they should have done from the beginning, many other "thin bezels" pc have been made since with a webcom where it belongs, This was a stupid choice from Dell to begin with, since the bottom bezel was still huge… </p>

  • MikeCerm

    09 January, 2019 - 12:16 pm

    <p>All they need to do now is take it down to a 12" 16:10 screen, get rid of the extra half-inch on each side of the keyboard, and get the weight down to 2 lb., and then it will be perfect for me. Basically like the Apple MacBook, but with more ports and $300 cheaper.</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    09 January, 2019 - 6:33 pm

    <p>I do like the dell XPS a lot but could never understand why they took so long to re position the webcam considering the user feedback on the issue. The XPS 13 model make an excellent mobile PC for light on the go computing with all good hardware inside. Yes, they are not cheap but you get what you pay for. Is the RAM in these new models DDR4? i am assuming it is.</p>

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