Dell is updating its XPS 13 thin-and-light notebook with a new model that… looks exactly the same as the last model. But under the hood, Dell is swapping out the 7th-gen Intel Core processors with new 8th-gen chips. Well, mostly.
That means you get quad-core processors for the same price (and with about the same energy efficiency) as the older dual-core chips. Dell says the XPS 13 can get up to 22 hours of battery life (under ideal/unrealistic settings — Dell says to expect around 8 – 13 hours of video playback time or web surfing, depending on how your laptop is configured).
The new Dell XPS 13 laptop with a Kaby Lake-R processor will be available starting September 12th.
That’s the price for a model with a full HD display and a Core i5 processor. Quad HD screens, touchscreens, and Core i7 chips are also options.
Another option? You’ll still be able to buy an XPS 13 with a Core i3 processor. But since Intel hasn’t introduced any 8th-gen Core i3 chips yet, if you choose the Core i3 version you’ll get a laptop with a 7th-gen “Kaby Lake” chip.
If you do opt for one of the models with an 8th-gen Intel Core chip, you may notice that it scores a little better on benchmarks than many other laptops with the same chips. That’s because Dell is taking advantage of an option that Intel offers to configure the TDP higher than the usual 15 watts in order to boost CPU frequencies a bit.
Dell already did something similar with the Kaby Lake Y-series chips in its XPS 13 convertible, and is using a similar method to boost the Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U chips in the new XPS 13 laptop to more than 20 watts.
The latest Dell XPS 13 laptop will have the same starting price of $800 as previous models.