Dell has just unveiled the next generation XPS 13 laptops with the 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processors in a brand new Rose Gold color variant. With the new ultra-portable Dell XPS 13, the company aspires to compete with Apple Laptops. The newest machines will go on sale on October 4, 2016, with a starting price of $799.
The latest XPS 13 laptops look identical to its predecessors with the same lightweight chassis and display panel resolutions. The newer models mainly sport revamped internals like a new Killer 802.11ac Wi-Fi card, more powerful chipset, faster memory modules and even a larger battery cell. Dell will sell the new notebooks in gold, silver and rose gold colored variants.
The latest laptops chassis is incredibly sleek, ranging from 9 mm to 15 mm in thickness and is constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber. Weighing around 1.2 to 1.29 Kgs, the notebooks do give an excellent competition to the Apple laptops. Dell offers two display panel choices; a 3200 x 1800 pixels QHD+ and a 1080 x 1920 Full HD screen with optional touch support.
Coming to performance, new chips known as Kaby Lake are more powerful than their previous models. They sport enhanced clock speeds, revamped video encoding or decoding capability, improved graphics performance and are snappier even though consuming the same amount of energy as their predecessors. This is combined with a faster 16 GB 2133Mhz LPDDR3 RAM module in the top end models, while the base variants will get the 4 GB or 8 GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3 as the previous generations.
Another notable addition is the Rivet Network’s Killer Wi-Fi component. The 1535 series 2 x 2 dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi module comes with integrated Bluetooth 4.1 chip. The new XPS 13s are juiced up by a bigger 60Whr battery increased from the 56Wh cell of the previous models. The new battery is further enhanced with a newer battery optimization technology for superior power backup. The Full HD variant of the new Dell laptop will run for 22 hours, and the QHD+ model will work for 13 hours on a full charge.
Speaking of storage, the latest notebook range is identical to its predecessors. The base model still sports a 128 GB SATA SSD, and the higher models come with PCIe with up to 1 TB storage capacity. The latest Dell XPS 13s features one Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, a card reader and lastly the conventional audio jacks.
Dell will start to sell the new generation XPS 13 laptops from October 4 in rose gold, silver and gold color options. The base model will cost $799, and the price will increase as you move higher. The company will additionally offer an Ubuntu running Developer Edition with prices starting from $949.