The new Dell XPS 13 is better by every measure

Is this the best 13-inch laptop till date?

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Over half a decade ago, we first saw Dell’s XPS 13 line-up. Since then, it has amassed more awards than any other product range in the company’s history. Its latest award came at the recently concluded CES 2018 for the newest Dell XPS 13.

Trendy design

The laptop comes in a rose gold finish with white accents complementing it. But instead of settling for a traditional material, the XPS 13 uses a new crystalline silica material with white colour woven in. Made up of nine composite layers, the woven glass fibre weave is the first on any laptop, making it look elegant and smooth to the touch.

The woven glass fibre weave on the XPS 13

However, that does not mean a sacrifice in build quality. The titanium oxide coating over the palm rest adds a pearlescent sheen to enhance looks while offering stain and heat resistance. In fact, the new laptop is the first to be built with GORE thermal insulation, which was widely used in the Mars Rover allowing for better dissipation of heat.

The new XPS 13 is 30 per cent thinner and lighter than its predecessor, weighing just over one kilogram. It is the smallest 13-inch laptop on the market and thanks to its InfinityEdge display, the display fits in a surprisingly compact 11-inch frame.

Specifications and connectivity

Powered by Intel’s latest eighth-generation processors, the XPS 13 is capable of superior mobile performance with fast booting SSDs up to 1TB. The higher resolution display now incorporates 2.5 million more pixels with a 4K Ultra HD option over last year’s QHD+. And its 100 per cent sRGB display also makes for saturated and accurate colours.

The near bezel-less 13-inch display of the laptop

Security is also a key aspect for the XPS 13 with it offering multiple biometric unlock methods. You may use the voice recognition of Microsoft Cortana, the optional fingerprint reader built into the power button or the infrared camera using Windows Hello.

Facial recognition technology using an infrared camera

Over to connectivity, the laptop retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card reader and a USB-C port on the right side. The left side features two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports, a Noble lock and a battery level indicator. According to Dell, the XPS 13 offers the longest battery life on any 13-inch laptop with almost 20 hours on FHD resolution and up to 11 hours on UHD.

Availability

The new XPS 13 is available now globally on Dell’s official webpage or via Microsoft’s. Local availability and pricing is yet to be announced.

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