Dell news: 2018 XPS 13 unveiled, new version for slim laptop

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Dell XPS 13
Dell has unveiled the 2018 XPS 13. (Dell)

Computer manufacturer Dell has unveiled the brand new version of its flagship slim laptop, the 2018 XPS 13, just days ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). With the redesigned model, the company promises improvements in all aspects of the acclaimed laptop.

Frank Azor, Dell’s vice president and general manager for XPS, Alienware, and Dell Gaming, revealed some of the improvements that Dell has made on the new XPS.

“It’ll be smaller than the current XPS 13, it’ll be thinner than the current XPS 13, it’ll be lighter in weight, and unlike a lot of our competitors, who have compromised performance in order to deliver smaller, thinner, lighter products, we’re actually going to increase the performance profile of the XPS 13 by as much as 80 percent.” Said Azor.

The XPS 13 is popular for its tiny footprint, with very slim bezels around the screen, which contribute to its very thin and light form factor. However, Dell still managed to shrink the volume of the 2018 XPS 13 by 24 percent by shaving off 3.4 millimeters from the laptop’s thickness.

The already thin Infinity Edge bezel is 23 percent thinner in the new iteration of the laptop. The 13.3-inch display now comes with an optional 4K UltraHD mode with a 100 percent sRGB color rating.

The new webcam, which has been moved to the lower center of the display, sports an infrared sensor that would work with Microsoft’s face recognition feature, Windows Hello.

Aside from its face authentication capabilities, the laptop also has a fingerprint reader that’s cleverly integrated into the power button, which is located above the keyboard.

Azer also stressed that despite the smaller and thinner dimensions of the laptop, its batter performance has not been compromised. He claims that the laptop will deliver over 19 hours of battery life.

The new XPS 13 is powered by an 8th generation Intel i5 or i7 processor, an Intel UHD Graphics 620 chip, and an option between 4 and 8 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM). Internal storage options range from 128 GB to 1 terabyte (TB) of solid state drive (SSD). The laptop is now available and is priced at $999.99.