Dell has introduced the XPS 13 Plus, a revamped model of its XPS 13 lineup that options an intriguing new design, an up to date OLED show and Intel’s new Twelfth-generation processors.
Dell’s XPS 13 lineup has cemented itself because the smooth and trendy laptops within the firm’s expansive lineup. This 12 months, nonetheless, Dell has taken it to a brand new degree with a way more minimal design highlighted by a ‘capacitive contact operate row’ and a ‘haptic ForcePad.’
The brand new ‘capacitive contact operate row’ eschews bodily keys for touch-sensitive buttons that management the operate (Fn) row and media controls. It’s not fairly the controversial TouchBar Apple put in its laptops till lately, because it’s not customizable and makes use of pre-defined labels, but it surely does shrink the bodily keyboard by a row with out sacrificing performance. Talking of Apple know-how, Dell eliminated the standard trackpad on its XPS 13 Plus and changed it with a brand new ‘haptic ForcePad’ that makes use of a haptic motor to make it really feel such as you’re clicking on a bodily part regardless of it not shifting—one thing Apple has finished with the trackpads in its MacBook lineup for a number of years now.
Dell has additionally flattened the keyboard on the XPS 13 Plus, in comparison with its predecessors, making it flush with the underside housing of the laptop computer. Regardless of being flatter, the keys have the identical 1mm of journey as final 12 months’s XPS 13 mannequin and Dell even managed to make every key bigger by taking advantage of the actual property between every key.
As for what’s packed contained in the computer systems, the XPS 13 Plus continues to be an Intel-exclusive lineup. These new fashions are powered by Intel’s 28@ Twelfth-generation processors, a considerable enchancment over the 15W chipsets contained in the earlier XPS 13 fashions. Dell has additionally put a bigger fan contained in the system for growing airflow.
The show on the XPS 13 Plus is a FHD+ (1920 x 1200 pixels) 13.4” OLED InfinityEdge panel that’s been improved from final 12 months by shrinking the variety of layers within the display. Dell says it could possibly obtain as much as 500 nits of brightness and there will probably be an possibility so as to add a touchscreen model of the identical show. If you wish to improve the decision of the show, Dell may also offer choices for getting the XPS 13 Plus with a 3.5K OLED contact show pr a 4K LCD contact show, which max out at 400 and 500 nits, respectively.
As for I/O, the XPS 13 Plus consists of solely two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C)—one on both aspect of the laptop computer. In contrast to the usual XPS 13 fashions, the XPS 13 Plus drops the three.5mm headphone port in addition to the microSD card slot. This resolution was presumably finished to maintain the laptop computer in its extremely small type issue, measuring in at 29.5cm (11.6”) extensive by 20cm (7.8”) deep by 1.52cm (10.6”) thick. The XPS 13 Plus weighs simply 1.24kg (2.73lbs). Dell notes that is the primary XPS mannequin made utilizing hydro-power renewable power sources and says the system is ‘100% recyclable so it may be reused in new PCs.’
Dell hasn’t supplied a precise launch date for its XPS 13 Plus lineup but, however says the primary models will probably be launched in spring 2022 with both WIndows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04. The bottom mannequin, which is able to retail for $1,199, will embrace a Twelfth era Intel Core i5–1240P processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and the 13.4” FHD+ show (non-touch). The XPS 13 Plus will be maxed out with a Twelfth era Intel Core i7–1280P CPU, as much as 32GB of RAM, as much as 2TB of SSD storage and the aforementioned show upgrades for these wanting extra decision or contact performance. No particular pricing has been supplied for the price of the varied improve choices.
Varied publications have already printed their hands-on opinions of the brand new XPS 13 Plus fashions; listed below are a number of:
You’ll be able to learn extra about Dell’s new XPS 13 Plus laptops on Dell’s web site.