Dell is refreshing its Inspiron laptop lineup with a range of new models featuring 13 inch to 15.6 inch displays and AMD Ryzen 5000U or 11th-gen Intel Core processor options.

One of the most interesting though, is the new Dell Inspiron 13 (5310). It’s a compact laptop that measures less than 0.7 inches thick and has a starting weight of 2.75 pounds, but which is available with up to a 35-watt Intel Core i7-11370H Tiger Lake-H processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics, and up to a 13.3 inch 2560 x 1600 pixel display.

The laptop is available from select retailers this week with prices starting at $599 for an entry-level configuration.

Of course, an entry-level model won’t have all the top-of-the-line specs listed above. But even starting configurations have two Thunderbolt 4 ports, PCIe NVMe solid state storage, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and at least a 1920 x 1200 pixel display.

The laptop has an aluminum and plastic body, a spill-resistant keyboard (with backlit and non-backlit options depending on the configuration), and an option for a fingerprint sensor built into the trackpad.

The Inspiron 13 (5310) comes with 8GB to 16GB of LPDDR4x-4267 MHz memory and 128GB to 2TB of PCIe NVMe solid state storage. Some configurations also feature 32GB of Intel Optane H20 memory.

Ports include HDMI 1.4b, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 3.5mm audio, and the aforementioned dual Thunderbolt 4 ports. And Dell offers 54 Wh and 64 Wh battery options.

Possibly the most unusual thing about this laptop are the processor options. While higher-priced models have 35-watt Intel Tiger Lake-H35 chips, entry-level models have an Intel Core i3-1125G4 processor instead.

That’s a lower-power chip, but it’s still a 4-core, 8-thread Tiger Lake chip. And I suppose it’s one of the few options available to companies like Dell that want to offer a Core i3 option for laptops that normally ship with Tiger Lake-H35 processors, since there aren’t any 11th-gen Intel Core i3 chips in the 35-watt range.

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  1. Brad, do you have a link to this 13-inch Dell Inspiron 13 (5310) laptop you mentioned here? I just visited the Dell U.S. site and the only 13 inch Inspirons I can find are 2-in-1’s and they start with an i5-1135G7 at $749.99. That does not seem to fit what you are describing here with the Inspiron 13 (5310). These are all the current 13-inch Dell Inspirons I could find (3 of them):

    https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/sr/laptops/inspiron-laptops/13-inch?appliedRefinements=15674

    Thanks, David in FL

    1. bradlinder – Brad Linder is editor of the mobile tech blog Liliputing, an independent journalist and podcast producer and editor based in Philadelphia.
      Brad Linder says:

      I don’t have a link yet, but according to Dell’s press materials, it’ll be available in North America at “retail only” starting this week but won’t be available “direct” until August 3. I’m pretty sure that means it’ll show up at BestBuy soon, but probably won’t be available from Dell.com until later this year.

      1. OK, thanks for the reply – I’ll keep an eye out. A lot of things seem slow to emerge lately, it’s probably due to higher demand and/or part shortages.