Dell’s Upcoming XPS 13 Convertible Will Be A Top Laptop For 2017

Posted on January 1, 2017 by Brad Sams in Hardware with 18 Comments


The Dell XPS 13 is one of my favorite laptops, the edge-to-edge infinity display is gorgeous and the footprint of the device is quite small in your bag. I used this laptop for a couple of years and the upcoming XPS 13 convertible may finally give my Surface Book a true challenge about which device I put into my bag.

The device, which leaked on Dell’s website (spotted by Windows Central) is a 2-1 whereas the older XPS 13 was a traditional laptop with a touch screen. As you can see in the one photo we have of the product, the screen folds back and you can use it like a tablet.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the device but I am cautiously optimistic we see a stylus sold with the laptop and hopefully include some form of biometric login as well. Seeing as this device did show up briefly on the company’s website, it would make sense Dell will announce this laptop next week at CES.

Next week both Paul and I will be at CES and I will be looking for this device on the show floor, I am really hoping that this is the same XPS 13 that I know and love but with the additional functionality of a 2-1. Once we learn more, I’ll make sure to pass along the information.

[Update] The device has been formally announced and will arrive on the 5th of January with a starting price of $999.99 and ships with 2 USB type C ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, microSD slot, fingerprint scanner, Kabylake (i5-7Y54 at 3.2GHz or i7-7Y75 clocked at 3.6GHZ), 4GB/8GB/16GB of RAM options, 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD, a full-size backlit keyboard, and an HD webcam.

Dell is calming battery life of up to 15 hours and two screen options, QuadHD+ and a 1080p option as well. On thing to point out is that there are no USB-A ports on this device but Dell does include a free adapter to convert a Type-C into an A.

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18 responses to “Dell’s Upcoming XPS 13 Convertible Will Be A Top Laptop For 2017”

  1. 5476

    I hope this is in addition to the non 2 in 1 XPS13.......many clients want no part of that type of device, and I have been pushing some toward this machine.  

  2. 442

    No USB-A is the only downfall I see (If this was 2018, I'd probably not say that...)  But at least it has an SD card slot.

  3. 5485

    People still believe in the magic wand, year after year. Sometimes I wonder if MS has good engineers for customers (I know they are out there)

    I mean, people ask for Intel powered smartphones being able to run Windows Desktop apps. People believe that this ultra thin laptops equipped with Core i7 and Core i5 are more then able to run demanding apps such has Photoshop, LR, and their favourite programming IDE and SQL Servers, CAD ... All this without changing the OS, without changing anything in the software side.

    Its seams like engineering experience goes out of the Window.

    The thing is, after the magic settles down, the only conclusion one arrives is that none of this machines are good for little more than Office like apps. Regardless if you have a Core M, Core i5, Core i7, 4GB, 8GB or 16GB.

    One may be able to put up with it for the sake of novelty, potential and all for some time. But when it comes to get work done beyond Office ... neither of these machines will cut it, ever. Unless Intel discovers the a new age powder.


    PS: But it will sell well as people want to believe in the magic wand.

  4. 8841

    Wait, so is this i5/i7 or core M?  Thats a difference of buy/don't buy.

  5. 5184

    XPS's are beautiful devices.  Wish they were a little more affordable without having to compromise with lower specs. 

    This looks similar to the Inspiron 13/15 7000 series, but with carbon fiber and premium display. 

    Dell's pictures of the Inspiron don't do it justice.  It's not as bulky as it looks.  I'm guessing that's intentional.

    The display hinges look like the same used on the Inspiron.  I wonder if Dell has figured out a way to make them more stable on the XPS 13 2-in-1.  They're a little bouncy on the Inspiron, especially with the 15 inch model.  I would expect better on a premium device like the XPS line. 

    I also wonder if they'll introduce the ability to upgrade RAM.  Probably not.  I don't understand why this is acceptable on a premium device.

    I recently picked up a 15 inch i7 Inspiron to replace my aging XPS 15z.  I'm surprised at how thin and nice the Inspiron is compared to my old XPS 15z and my wife's XPS 12.  The Inspiron 15 7000 is half the price of what I paid for my 15z and 1/3 the price of what a new XPS 15 with equivalent processor family would cost.  And it is upgradeable--both RAM and storage.  I think I'm done with XPS.  Cost is getting too steep and I don't care for the limited upgradeability.

  6. 5476

    So these will be Core M and fanless.  Will be interesting to see how the Kabylake version of M does in testing.  

  7. 5714

    Looks like Apple isn't the only company making questionable changes to their popular laptop models.

  8. 3232

    Look like Laptop just posted a review on youtube for the new dell XPS 13 9365.


  9. 8850

    Thanks for that post Brad a couple of months ago i bought an XPS 13 and it runs beautifully cannot recommend it highly enough it is my main work machine now the battery life is incredible as is the performance. This new convertible XPS 13 looks amazing will be watching CES with eagerness in anticipation for this device. I know Paul isn't happy with the location of the web cam on this particular model but seriously its not a big deal. The thin bezel and gorgeous display makes up for this in spades.

    • 3232

      In reply to brettscoast:

      I have the dell XPS 13 9350 model from 2015 i like the QHD screen, but the keyboard is too small and the wireless has been very spotty at best.  The battery life is also poor about 5 hours and 30 minutes with the screen at 7% and bluetooth disabled.  The wireless connectivity was so bad I had to upgrade the intel wireless card to a killer wireless card to make it stable.  Seems like the wireless issue is common with the Dell XPS 13 there are complaints all over Dell forums about this problem.  

  10. 3494

    It would be nice with a 15. 13 is too small for me.

  11. 6750

    To consider this an alternative to ThinkPad Yoga I'd want to see not only a stylus, but also a slot for the stylus. 

  12. 1775

    >Dell is calming battery life of up to 15 hours Dell is calming battery life of up to 15 hours 

    That would make me pretty calm, too.