When Ice Matters: Dell Announces XPS 13 2-in-1 with Ice Lake-Uby Anton Shilov on May 28, 2019 3:00 AM EST
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Being one of the most successful convertible laptops on the market, Dell’s 13-inch XPS 2-in-1 is something that seems to be good enough already. But with the help of Intel’s latest 10th Gen Core processors codenamed Ice Lake and Dell’s magic, the new XPS 13 2-in-1 has just got better from all points of view: it is faster, it is sleeker, and it has a better display.
The 2019 Dell XPS 13 7300-series 2-in-1 convertible is based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core platform that features a smaller motherboard and this enabled Dell to make the convertible notebook 7% thinner while making the keyboard and the screen larger. Furthermore, the new PC also has a 51 Wh battery that promises to last for up to 16 hours (real-world battery life will depend on the usage model, of course). The Ice Lake CPU is accompanied by up to 32 GB of DDR4-3733 memory (which is a rather whopping capacity and speed bin for an ultra-thin laptop) as well as a PCIe SSD of up to 1 TB capacity. As far as connectivity is concerned, the system is outfitted with a Killer AX1650 802.11ax Wi-Fi + Bluetooth controller, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card reader, a 3.5-mm jack for headsets, speakers, a webcam, and so on.
Featuring a custom 13.4-inch class monitor that is 7% larger than on the previous generation model, the new Dell XPS 13 7300-series 2-in-1 features a Full-HD or Ultra-HD resolution depending on exact SKU. Both types of displays offer 500 nits brightness, a 1500:1 or 1800:1 contrast ratio, wide viewing angles as well as Dolby Vision on the FHD or 90% DCI-P3 on the UHD version.
Since we are talking about a hybrid laptop based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core processors codenamed Ice Lake, expect the system to offer tangibly higher graphics performance. Besides, since this is a brand-new platform, so it uses a redesigned cooling system and other internals to maximize performance in a very thin chassis.
The new XPS 13 7300-series 2-in-1 convertibles come in a CNC-machined silver or black aluminum body that has a fiber composite palm rest or an arctic white woven glass fiber palm rest. The new hybrid notebooks feature a 7 – 13 mm z-height and weight starting at 1.32 kilograms (2.9 poinds), which is around 100 grams lower when compared to typical 13-inch class mobile PCs.
Dell’s XPS 7300-series 2-in-1 convertible laptops will be available this year starting at $999.99 for an entry-level model and going up for high-performance SKUs.
Source: Dell’s Press Release
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DigitalFreak - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkFirst I've heard of a Windows 10 Home Ultra SKU. Googling brings up nothing
ToTTenTranz - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link"The Ice Lake CPU is accompanied by up to 32 GB of DDR4-3733 memory (which is a rather whopping capacity and speed bin for an ultra-thin laptop)".
It would be if this was DDR4, but it's using LPDDR4.
uhuznaa - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkI guess the battery life is for the FHD display? Would be nice to know how long the thing runs with the better display, this always was one weak point of the XPS (you can have a decent display or decent battery life, but not both). I'm looking forward to a real review, it definitely looks like a nice machine.
Dug - Thursday, May 30, 2019 - linkThe FHD display is remarkably good, and a better choice for such a small screen. So many complaints on 4k screens on laptops due to battery life and scaling issues. Why bother?
timecop1818 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkEarth to Dell: Please stop fucking adding Killer Wifi to your otherwise decent products. You are killing the brand, literally.
Liad3441 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkWhy?
phoenix_rizzen - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkEspecially now that Killer Wifi is just Intel hardware with custom drivers. Theoretically, you should be able to install the Intel drivers if you don't like the Killer software.
timecop1818 - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - linkNo, you can't: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/ar...
Despite it being AC 9260 hardware, the PCI ID is probably different and official intel driver will not support it. So still requires installing Killer garbage, which I won't do.
Teckk - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkLPDDR4 finally. MacBook Pro updates were announced last week, they could've waited for Icelake with LPDDR4? 🤔🤔
ToTTenTranz - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - linkIce Lake products probably aren't coming before Q4, and apple usually puts GT3 Iris Plus versions into their 13.3" macbook pros, which could be coming only in 2020.