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.