Dell’s new XPS 13 laptop has the same thin and light design (and super-slim screen bezels) as the model introduced earlier this year. But Dell is overhauling the notebook’s insides.
New models are available with Intel’s 6th-gen Core “Skylake” processors. The company is also now offering XPS 13 notebooks with up to 16GB of RAM.
You can buy a new Skylake-powered XPS 13 for $800 and up from Dell.com.
The entry-level model features a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel non-touch display, a Core i3-6100U processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid state storage.
It also features a 56 Whr battery, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card reader, and a headset jack. The notebook has a backlit keyboard, a precision glass touchpad, and a 720p webcam.
While there’s no dedicated HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, or Ethernet connector, you can use the Thunderbolt connector to add an optional adapter for any of those functions.
Want a more powerful model? For $1000 you can get a version with a Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM.
Want a high-resolution touchscreen? It’ll cost you: prices start at $1,450 for a model with a 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display, a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage… at least if you buy from Dell. The Microsoft Store has lower prices for some configurations.
There are currently two other models available:
- XPS 13 with Core i7-6500U, QHD+ touchscreen, and 8GB/256GB for $1650
- XPS 13 with Core i7-6500U, QHD+ touchscreen, and 16GB/512GB for $2000
Each model ships with Windows 10 software and features Intel HD 5500 graphics. The notebook has an aluminum case that measures about 0.6 inches thick and weighs 2.7 pounds.
Dell says it should get up to 18 hours of battery life… which seems a bit optimistic since Dell promised 15 hours of run time from the Broadwell model, but only delivered about 7 hours of battery life under real-world conditions.