It seems there’s no end to the fantastically thin ultrabooks we started seeing last year, with Dell throwing its hat in and showing off a new model that manages to pack in strong materials into a very small footprint.
Announced today, the Dell XPS 13 packs in a second-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, either 128 or 256GB solid state drive, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0, and a body made up of aluminium and carbon-fibre, essentially offering one of the strongest and well built ultrabooks we’ve seen yet.
Another 13 inch ultrabook, Dell has managed to throw the 13 inch screen into an 11 inch body, making the screen go pretty much all the way to the edge and covering it in that uber strong scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass.
At 6mm at its thinnest point and coming up to 18mm at the thickest, it’s not a ridiculously big laptop either, with weights starting at 1.36 kilograms.
Ultrabooks are known for battery life, and today Dell told us that it had “managed to get 8 hours on the Core i5″ in a battery testing application, giving us hope that we’ll get some strong life out of this laptop.
No price yet, but we were told to expect a release date mid-March. An American price has been announced, with $999 the starting price there. We hope we’re not far off, especially given how strong our dollar is at the moment.