Dell Debuts New XPS 13 Ahead of CES

Posted on January 2, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile, Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Samsung isn’t the only PC maker preempting CES: Dell has announced a thinner new version of its XPS 13 laptop today as well.

The new 2020 XPS 13 is thinner and lighter than before, but it features a 6.8 percent larger and 25 percent brighter 16:10 13.4-inch InfinityEdge display in what Dell calls an “11-inch form factor.” It features 10th-generation Intel Core processors, up to 32 GB of RAM, and Intel WiFi 6 capabilities, and it can be configured with up to 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) display.

The new XP3 13 is also compatible with Intel’s Project Athena, which seeks to raise the bar on PC experiences by certifying hardware that features “rapid responsiveness, worry-free battery life, and instant resume.”

It can also be ordered in a special Developer Edition that ships with Ubuntu 18.04LTS instead of Windows 10, if you are so inclined.

The new Dell XPS 13 will start at about $1000 and will be available in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, U.K., Germany, and France on January 7 and elsewhere globally on February 4.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Dell Debuts New XPS 13 Ahead of CES”

  1. jaredthegeek

    They really need to refresh the 15 more fully this year rather than just a spec bump.

  2. bluvg

    16:10. Finally. Dell, I salute you!

    • Andi

      In reply to bluvg:

      Would've been better if they standardized on 3:2 like Microsoft.

      • Paul Thurrott

        16:10 is a step in the right direction, and Dell can get those displays in volume.
      • bluvg

        In reply to Andi:

        Agreed, but it's surprising to me how much better even 16:10 is than 16:9. When wrestling application windows for a project, 16:10 seems usable, whereas 16:9 is like an itchy sweater--tolerable, but sometimes barely so. (Now, if you've only ever known 16:9....)

  3. jasecutler

    This excites me a ton. I've been running a Macbook Air 11" for so long, because I've loved just how small it is. If it can be a similar form factor, but improve on screen density and performance, I may finally have a replacement to this laptop.

  4. glenn8878

    Will Project Athena require a special sticker? There’s too many stickers on a PC.