The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best Ultrabooks you can buy right now. Dell managed to fit a 13-inch screen in an 11-inch body – the bezels have a mere 5.2 mm thickness; a truly incredible achievement. It now appears that Dell might be refreshing the laptop with the latest generation specifications.
/u/Fen24 on Reddit stumbled upon the new specifications on Dell’s website – which is still up by the way. The design – fortunately – appears to have survived the refresh, but the internals has gone through quite an upgrade.
The refreshed Ultrabook comes with the latest 7th generation Intel “Kaby Lake” processor and gives you the opportunity to choose between the i3, i5, or i7 options. The base clock gets a bump as well – the i5 from 2.8 Ghz to 3.1 Ghz and the i7 from 3.1 Ghz to 3.5 Ghz. This is most likely the result of Intel’s hard work at reducing the thermal output of their processors. The CPU bump also means the graphics get a bump as well – the Ultrabook now comes with the Intel HD Graphics 620.
The RAM has also received a slight clock bump: it now runs at 2133 Mhz rather than the 1866 Mhz in the current model. Curiously, Dell decided to pack a Killer 1535 2×2 NIC in the Ultrabook – a network card usually associated with gaming-specific hardware.
With the Killer NIC, the WiFi now also supports MU-MIMO, which might help with households that have unnatural amounts of WiFi devices on their network – though you will need a router or access point that also supports it.
It looks like a pretty solid refresh to an excellent Ultrabook – especially because it doesn’t touch the design, and keeps the weight, and size the same. There is no word on when this would be officially revealed and launched – but it would be good to see it featured at the rumored Microsoft October event.
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