I anticipate it yesterday and have spent a few hours to be made official; this is the new XPS 13 convertible. The laptop was already the most striking option – also interesting – in the complete catalog of Dell and now becomes more versatile thanks to its new configuration.
With an early presentation at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, at first glance we discover that has sat well become a 2-in-1, as virtually retains all the ingredients that have made him a powerful laptop, adding The possibility of being used as a tablet.
In fact the design changes are minimal, fall mainly on the new hinge system that allow completely turn the screen now. They have had no trouble placing a screen in which the frames are minimal, what Dell likes to call “Edge-to-Edge”.
Dell says its 2-in-1 is the smallest on the market with screen 13.3 inches; in fact it is a smaller competitor to HP Spectre 360, and 19% 15% smaller than a Lenovo yoga 900. Compared to reference Microsoft, the Surface Book, the new XPS is 40% thinner and 20% lighter.
There are two different screens to choose from, both of 13.3 inches. The first is one with a more moderate resolution, Full HD, the other is more modern with 3200 x 1800 pixels (UltraSharp Quad HD +). In both cases, it has a matt treatment.
There is no option 4K as it had been rumored, what is clear is that in both cases is tactile and there is support for the Active Pen, which is optional.
As usual with Dell products, these are quite configurable. In it we meet the new processors Kaby Lake, both Core and Core i5-7Y54 i7-7Y75, which may be accompanied by up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB for storage.
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But let’s not bother, the new Intel nomenclature is a bit of a mess and really these processors are part of the Core M family, focused on mobility. This means they are not as powerful there, but can be placed inside without the need for fans.
The battery equipment is 46Whr, Dell estimates that can last 15 hours on a single charge. If we watch movies continuously in the version with QHD + screen, the autonomy will lower to 7 hours.
An important note is added to the integration of a fingerprint sensor on the keyboard – backlit – a not present in the prototypes at the fair option, but there will be the actual date of marketing. Next to the webcam under the screen, they will be good friends with the Windows Hello identification system.
As for connectivity, the notebook introduces an element seems that this season will become standard, two USB-C, one of them with support Thunderbolt 3 can connect two monitors 4K. In addition, there is a USB 3 port, a serial adapter for the old USB, microSD card slot and headphone jack.
The new Dell XPS 13 convertible will be available in major markets starting this month; its starting price will be $999 in the United States. For some this was already the best Windows laptop because it has now become a convertible.