Long a popular choice for laptop versatility, the new XPS 13 range from Dell is nearly here, packing more power into a slimmer package.
With the choice between a conventional laptop and a 2-in-1 hybrid device, the latest devices from Dell pack a portable punch.
A razor-thin XPS 13
At just over a kilogram in weight and 14mm thin, the Dell XPS 13 is designed to fit your lifestyle. It ships with Windows 11, the latest 12th Gen Intel Core CPU, and up to 1TB of SSD storage alongside 32GB of RAM. Display-wise you can get the new laptop with a 13.4-inch 3840 x 2400 touch screen if you want to shell out more money, or the base level 1920 x 1200 screen. Regardless of your chosen panel, they all support Dolby Vision HDR.
In order to fit everything within the smaller chassis, Dell engineers shrunk the motherboard so it’s 1.8-times smaller than the one found in the 2021 model – which makes it the smallest board across any Dell PC to date.
Depending on which internals you go for, the latest XPS 13 from Dell starts at $1,499 locally and will be available on 17 June.
A hybrid 5G device
The XPS 13 2-in-1 is a tablet capable of transforming into a laptop using a magnetic folio keyboard case. Straight off the bat, the 2-in-1 hybrid is the first XPS device with 5G support, and you can take advantage of eSIM technology to connect globally using a single SIM card.
While in laptop mode, it offers three different angle configurations: 100, 112.5, and 125 degrees. Additionally, it supports the XPS Stylus for writing and drawing, and the pen conveniently charges on the top of the device magnetically.
Also running Windows 11, the hybrid XPS 13 runs on 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs, up to 16GB of RAM and one TB of internal SSD storage. It also uses the integrated Intel graphics processor, with a 13-inch “3K” 2880 x 1920 Dolby Vision-compatible display. For meetings or taking snaps, the XPS 13 2-in-1 features a 1080p selfie webcam and 4K rear-facing camera.
Available in either a blue sky-coloured Wi-Fi 6E model or slate-coloured 5G version, the XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at $1,999 and will launch on 9 July in Australia and New Zealand.
I’ve used an older Dell XPS 13 laptop for years now and can attest to its quality. The downsized motherboard in the latest model is a particularly impressive feat, so I’m looking forward to finding out if the performance keeps pace.