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Dell’s new 13-inch XPS lineup is getting a well-deserved upgrade. The popular line of laptops are now paired with Intel’s 11th-generation chips. This latest version of Dell’s XPS 13, XPS 13 Developer Edition, and XPS 13 2-in-1 are the first Dell laptops that have managed to get Intel Evo certified. To be an Evo-certified laptop, the machine must support fast charging, at least a 9-hour battery, and it has to be able to wake from sleep in less than 1 second.
The new Intel Evo certification really does sound like a nice set of standards for a laptop to have. This reminds me of the Ultrabook initiative that Intel started about a while ago. The Ultrabook standard made the difference between the clunky, thick laptops of yesteryear and today’s slim, cutting edge machines. So yea, this Evo certification thing is going to make these 13-inch XPS laptops that much more appealing.
These new Dell laptops have full support for Thunderbolt 4 and include upgradable system memory. Another thing, this new 11-gen Intel-powered platform supports memory speeds ranging from DDR4 3733MHz to DDR4 4267MHz. The total amount of RAM these systems can support is 32GB. So, that means you can have up to 32GB RAM in a laptop at speeds of over 60GB per second. On the GPU front, the new 13-inch XPS 13 2-in-1 and XPS 13 offer Intel Xe graphics as well. The XP3 13 Developer Edition lacks this feature. The 2-in-1 convertable comes with an IR (Infrared) depth-sensing camera that supports Windows Hello. The convertible starts at $1,249, and the standard 13-Inch XPS 13 begins at $999.
The 13-Inch XPS Developer Edition
The Developer Edition comes with Linux preinstalled, and Dell is estimating that the system will yield a battery life of almost 19 hours. The Linux distribution that’s installed on the 13-inch XPS Developer Edition laptop is Ubuntu 20.04LTS. This laptop also has an updated version of Dell’s InfinityEdge FHD+ display, but we don’t know how much it will cost just yet.
You will be able to purchase these devices in the US and Canadian markets on the 30th of September. After that, Dell is planning on launching a 13-inch XPS model that features a frost machined aluminum finish and an ‘arctic white’ woven glass palm rest. Dell will, however, be selling all three of these systems in limited European and Asian markets sometime in the next couple weeks.
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