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The Dell XPS 13 Plus is a thin and light laptop with an unusual design that features an edge-to-edge keyboard, a virtually invisible trackpad, and capacitive touch Fn keys that disappear when you’re not using them.
Dell launched the first version of this laptop about a year ago, when it was available with a 12th-gen Intel Core processor. Now the company is selling a new model powered by a 13th-gen chip. It’s available now for $1399 and up.
The starting price will get you a model with an Intel Core i7-1360P processor, 16GB of LPDDR5-6000 memory, a 512GB SSD, and a FHD+ non-touch display. But you can also pay more for a different display. Here are the starting prices for Core i7/16GB/512GB models:
- 1920 x 1200 pixel LCD non-touch display for $1399
- 1920 x 1200 pixel LCD touchscreen display for $1499
- 3456 x 2160 pixel OLED touchscreen display for $1699
- 2840 x 2400 pixel LCD touchscreen display for $1699
Dell also lets you you configure the laptop with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, with a top-of-the-line model priced at $2149.
All models measure about 295 x 199 x 15mm (11.6″ x 7.8″ x 0.6″) and models with FHD+ displays weigh 1.23 kg (2.71 pounds) while models with OLED screens weigh 1.26 kg (2.77 pounds).
The laptop features a 55 Wh battery and comes with a 60W USB Type-C power adapter. And while the XPS 13 Plus only has two ports, they’re both full-function Thunderbolt 4 ports with support for charging and power delivery. Dell also includes a USB-A and 3.5mm audio adapters when you buy the notebook.
Other features include stereo 2W speakers. a 720p webcam with IR support for face recognition, a backlit keyboard, and an aluminum chassis.
Right now the only model Dell is offering with a 13th-gen Intel Core processor comes with a Core i7 chip and Windows 11 Home or Pro software. But last year’s model was available with an Intel Core i5 processor and Dell also offered an XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition model that shipped with Ubuntu Linux. So it’s possible that we could see cheaper models with Core i5 chips in the future, as well as Ubuntu models of the new XPS 13 Plus.
In the meantime, bargain hunters might be interested in knowing that you can currently pick up the previous-gen XPS 13 Plus with an Intel Core i5-1240P processor for $899, which is the lowest price I’ve seen to date. Unfortunately what you get for your money is just 8GB of non-upgradeable LPDDR5-5200 memory and a 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD.
via Windows Central
That keyboard was made by someone who hates keyboards.
On such a small screen, my older eyes would struggle with anything more than 1900×1200. But all I would really care about in this case is upgradeable components. Is there any indication that the RAM is soldered on this unit?
Lastly, for some use cases, I recommend some people wait until DDR6 comes to market. DDR6 will quadruple the throughput compared to DDR4, which may be important in some use cases. If I didn’t have my eyes on the ROG Ally, I personally would just wait until that comes out.
LPDDR RAM is just about always soldered, as far as I’m aware.
Great. A touchpad that I have to hunt for, and F-keys that I have to look down at to use.
This would’ve been interesting if they didn’t try to innovate needlessly.
I totally agree, for me the only ‘improvement’ I see for this over the previous versions of this laptop is the higher resolution 2840 x 2400 pixel LCD touchscreen display as I continue to shun OLED screens and will do so for at least a several more years. The pricing of the LCD screens is horrendous though.
Whoever invented capacitive buttons can go straight to hell.