As promised, Dell has started offering an optional 1920 x 1080 pixel display for the XPS 13 ultrabook. While an entry-level version of the thin and light laptop still features a 1366 x 768 pixel display, if you choose a model that costs $1400 or more it will come with a full 1080p screen.

That’s true whether you get a Dell XPS 13 with Windows 8 or a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu 12.04 Linux.

Dell XPS 13 with 1080p display

While that price tag is kind of high, it doesn’t just cover the higher resolution screen. You also get 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. If you’re willing to pay even more, you can also get an ultrabook with a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor ($1400 only gets you a model with a Core i5 chip).

Dell is also cranking up the brightness on the new models, with a 350-nit displays offering 178 degree viewing angles.

The laptop measures 12.3″ x 8.,1″ x 0.7″ and weighs just under 3 pounds. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort and headset jack, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 1.3MP camera, and a 47Whr battery.

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11 replies on “Dell XPS 13 ultrabook now available with 1080p screen, Windows or Linux”

  1. I clicked the link to the Ubuntu Linux version and it looks like it is 720p only and there is still no way to get 1080p. Hopefully, the Linux version will get this option in a few days.

    1. I was trying to do the same and tried to find how to order the 1080p Developer edition with no luck 🙁

      Seems like its not available, and I wonder if they would ever upgrade it to include that display.

      Anyone see an issue with buying the Win version and installing dual boot Ununtu on it? Is the hw the same as the developer edition (minus the display)?

    2. OK, Barton George, the Dell guy behind the Linux laptop, said the 1080p display will come to the Linux edition soon. I presume it will be another few weeks past the Windows version. I can wait 🙂

  2. I’m not sure I’d get any Dell device right now with them going private with the intention of making big changes.

  3. Absurd pricing aside, has anyone had the misfortune of using Win32 programs on a small 1080p display? It’s horrible, tiny text and icons. There are ways to improve display appearance that don’t require “high def”. Marketing depts are only worried about bullet points and “1080p” is their favorite, what a joke.

    RIP Dell.

  4. With Dell showing some solid hardware certified and pre-loaded with Ubuntu, it’s a shame that recent events will probably undo it all. Now that Microsoft has made a substantial investment in Dell who will soon be privately owned, any guesses on how long it takes before Dell quietly drops their Ubuntu versions on PCs…? I’m willing to bet it won’t be too long. Linux on Dell servers will probably remain, though.

    Of course, with Microsoft cozying up to Dell, we might see other OEMs have renewed interest in Ubuntu. Acer and HP weren’t thrilled about Microsoft making their own Surface hardware and, now with an big investment in a competitor, those companies probably still aren’t feeling the love. I’m sure HP is regretting putting all their eggs in the Microsoft basket when they killed off webOS but, then, they could have been doing more with Android if their mobile strategy had any consistent direction.

    1. ASUS Zenbook pricing seems in line with the Dell XPS ultrabooks. There are dozens of options in terms of CPU, RAM, SSD drive, display, etc that affect the price but similar systems cost about the same between ASUS and Dell. I like that Dell offers preloaded Linux (for $50 less) and has more models with 8GB of RAM where ASUS caps many models at 4GB.

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