Dell unveils two new XPS 13 laptops with Intel’s Tiger Lake processors

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Dell's new XPS 13 models feature Intel's 11th Gen silicon.
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Dell’s XPS laptops are some of the best on the market today. Whether you’re in search of a powerful 2-in-1 for productivity on the go or a more standard clamshell design, there’s an XPS that does the job.

On Monday, Dell announced the two latest additions to its XPS 13 lineup. Both models feature Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors, bringing noticeable improvements in speed and performance.

Aside from the improved specs, the new laptops look fairly similar to their predecessors. That’s not to say they aren’t a worthy upgrade.

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General Improvements

Obviously, consumers have plenty of reasons to be excited about Dell’s latest offerings. The XPS models currently on the market are incredible. Those being introduced are even better.

As noted, the biggest upgrade is the addition of Intel’s 11th Gen silicon. The Tiger Lake chips utilize 10nm technology to deliver faster speeds than 10th Gen processors without an increase in power consumption.

They also boast Intel’s new Xe integrated graphics. This will let consumers run triple-A gaming titles with refresh rates up to 360Hz. Xe also supports display resolutions up to 8K UHD and doubles video encoding performance.

Thanks to the Tiger Lake chips, Dell’s new XPS laptops will also have Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Meanwhile, the computers are getting a memory upgrade. They’ll ship with 4267MHz LPDDR4x RAM with variations up to 32GB.

Both the standard XPS 13 and the 2-in-1 version also earned Intel’s brand-new Evo certification. This means they support fast charging and that their battery lasts for at least nine hours on a single charge. They’ll also be able to power up from sleep mode in under a second. That’s ideal for someone looking to be productive in short bursts while on the move.

Special Mentions

There are a few extra things to note regarding the new XPS models. For one, the 2-in-1 version is getting a physical redesign that makes it similar to the model released earlier this year. The most notable change is a condensed screen-to-body ratio that gives users a seven percent larger display without increasing the size of the laptop.

Meanwhile, the 2-in-1 model will ship with new colors. Dell says that options include “platinum silver with black carbon fiber composite palm rest” and “frost with arctic white woven glass fiber palm rests.”

The XPS lineup is known for its sharp look and the latest models certainly hold up to that standard.

Finally, Dell is planning to release a “developer edition” of its XPS 13. Unlike the other two models which are Windows-based, the developer edition is Linux-based. That’s an interesting deviation from the norm that makes it the first laptop to ship with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

For consumers who want a Linux-based XPS but don’t want the developer edition, Dell is offering a free Ubuntu 20.04 LTS download.

The new XPS models are slated to arrive in the U.S. and Canada on September 30. The 2-in-1 version will start at $1,249 while the standard XPS 13 starts at $999.

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