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Dell Announces The New XPS 13 In The Run-up To CES 2018

12 January 2018

Dell's XPS 13 and 15 devices have featured the same design ever since its initial launch, and the company didn't change much in terms of the design of the device since the first XPS 13.

We saw this innovation in the 2015 XPS 13 and history will now repeat itself with the new release. The XPS 13 is often touted as delivering a 13.3 display in a body of a 12-inch laptop, thanks to its nearly borderless InfinityEdge display.

On the battery front, Dell is promising around 19 hours on a single charge, 11 hours for Quad HD screen.

The new XPS 13 is on sale today starting at £1139 on Dell.com, while John Lewis will be an exclusive stockist of the Rose Gold model from February 2018 with prices from £1669. So how did we do that? This will join the more familiar silver and black flavours - though we're still waiting for the full colour lineup for the 2018 XPS 13 to be confirmed. And while the new white-and-gold look is not quite as nice as competitors' take on this color scheme, it's at least a nice option to have. The new XPS 13 is claimed to be the smallest 13-inch laptop in the market. It's also supposed to be stain-resistant, since the white surface is expected to get dirty fast. This means that the laptop has thinner bezels on three sides, with a slightly thicker bezel on the side nearest to the keyboard. Maybe the company heard the cries of professional hardware reviewers about the XPS 13's two-year-old look (even though some companies have used the same basic design for almost eight years). However, the top of the line model that comes with a 4K display will offer up to 11 hours of runtime owing to its power consuming display. Those heading to Las Vegas next week can see the new laptop for themselves at Dell's CES booth in the Venetian. The higher resolution display incorporates 2.5 million more pixels with 4K Ultra HD compared to the previous QHD+, in a 100% sRGB screen, Dell said.

The machine has a second heat pipe to dissipate heat and an additional thiner fan so it can consume more power without overheating.

The Dell XPS packs a display that guarantees a peak brightness of 400nits.

While the inclusion of two Thunderbolts 3 ports along with a USB port is thrilling, Dell has done away with the universal USB Type-A to "save space".

Let's start with the new XPS 13's core specs: the laptop is driven by one of Intel's latest, 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processors, and it can be specified with up to 16GB of system RAM and a PCIe SSD of up to 1TB capacity. Dell will still be keeping the fingerprint reader around though, but it has finally been moved to the power button. In thin ultrabooks, the problem of laptop heating and throttling is evident but Dell XPS 13 manages this because of its low wattage 8th generation Intel CPU's and "GORE" Thermal Insulation.

Dell Announces The New XPS 13 In The Run-up To CES 2018