Last week, someone from Reddit stumbled upon the goof up Dell had on their website – it was obvious the XPS 13 was getting an upgrade, we even had the specs. Today, this has been made official, and we have a confirmed price and launch date.
The XPS 13 is one of the best laptops to buy at its price; It offers bezels that are 5.3mm thick in a well-built aluminium body around a 13-inch screen running at 4K or 1080p – depending on the model you buy.
It was clear last week: despite the internal upgrade, Dell wasn’t going to change the design – for the good – so we get to keep the same design, except now we have a new color: rose gold.
For the internals
As we reported last week, Dell has upgraded the CPU to the latest 7th generation Intel “Kaby Lake” processor, with options ranging from an i3, i5 or i7. The base clock also gets an increase – for the i5, from 2.8 Ghz to 3.1 Ghz and for the i7, from 3.1 Ghz to 3.5 Ghz. There are also several options for the amount of RAM you want to have, starting from 4 GB and maxing at 16 GB. The graphics are handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 650 GPU.
Regarding storage, we are getting options ranging from a 128 GB SSD to a 1 TB SSD. Obviously, the 1 TB SSD would be significantly more expensive. As we saw last week, we also have the new Killer 1535 NIC to handle the networking with MIUI support.
The display also has several selections; you can pick a QHD+ display or a 1080p FHD display – both with touchscreen support or a 1080p FHD display without the touchscreen.
The battery also got a nice bump – at 60 WHr, the battery can deliver up to 22 hours on the FHD display, or 13 hours on the QHD+ display. These numbers are of course from Dell so take them with a grain of salt.
Pricing and launch
It is clear that Dell is about giving you options – with so many options and different SKU’s it ‘s hard to give a single price. However, there is obviously a starting price.
XPS 13 launches on October 4th and starts at the price of 799$ – unless you go for the new rose gold color, which will require you to shell out 1500$. Quite pricey for a color change.
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