Dell's XPS 13 finally gets a redesign, making it thinner, lighter, and smaller

After several years of using the same general design with small changes, Dell is redesigning its premium XPS 13 laptop. Just as you'd expect, it's smaller and lighter than before, although it's still built from CNC-machined aluminum, carbon fiber, and woven glass fiber.

For the first time, the XPS 13 has a four-sided InfinityEdge display, shrinking down the bottom bezel for a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio. The screen size itself is now 13.4 inches with a 16:10 aspect ratio, where previously Dell used a 16:9 aspect ratio for its clamshells. As usual, you can get it in FHD+ or UHD+.

As you'd expect from a Dell premium PC, it supports Dolby Vision HDR with CinemaColor, Waves MaxxAudio Pro with CinemaSound, and Killer Wireless with CinemaStream.

While the current-generation XPS 13 uses Intel's 10th-generation 'Comet Lake' CPUs, this one will use Ice Lake. Ice Lake is a 10nm chip, which includes Iris Plus graphics on most SKUs. However, for the XPS 13, only the Core i7 model will have Iris Plus, with CPU options including the Core i3-1005G1, Core i5-1035G1, and Core i7-1065G7.

It still uses a rubber dome keyboard, in case you suspected that the redesign would have Dell's own MagLev keyboard that's found in the XPS 13 2-in-1. It weighs in at just 2.64 pounds for the non-touch model (2.8 pounds for touch), and it's just 14.8mm thin.

The XPS 13 will be available with Windows 10 on January 7, starting at $999.99. There's also the XPS 13 Developer Edition that runs Ubuntu, coming on February 4, starting at $1,199. Dell says it's the 10th anniversary of its Project Sputnik Developer Edition model.

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