Right this moment Dell is launching the 2022 revision of its XPS 13 to incorporate Intel’s newest Twelfth-gen Alder Lake CPUs that add extra cores and hybrid structure, whereas saying the brand new model is its thinnest and lightest 13-inch XPS ever. The brand new laptop computer is 13.9mm thick (0.55-inches) and weighs as little as 2.59 lbs, in comparison with its predecessor’s 14.80 mm (0.58-inches) and a couple of.64 lb beginning weight for a non-touchscreen mannequin. The brand new XPS 13 is accessible beginning in the present day within the US and Canada, beginning at $999 with Home windows 11 or $949 for an Ubuntu 20.04-equipped Developer Version.
The flagship XPS 13 has gone from previewing the way forward for laptops when Dell launched the InfinityEdge design with skinny bezels in 2015, to type of stale a couple of years later, and now, adequate to earn our assessment calling the final iteration “every thing a Home windows laptop computer needs to be” on its option to placements in a number of “Greatest PC laptops” lists.
To keep away from accusations the road is changing into stale once more, Dell is splitting wilder choices out with the XPS 13 Plus that kicked off the yr that includes a contact bar, flush keyboard, and barely extra highly effective P-Sequence CPU choices, in addition to a brand new 2022 XPS 13 2-in-1 introduced in the present day that replaces the outdated skinny and foldable design with a pill + folio keyboard case.
On the surface, the brand new 9315 mannequin has an analogous look to the Eleventh-gen CPU-powered 9310 that debuted in 2020 earlier than including an OLED show choice final yr, however the variations ought to present up as quickly as you open it.
Dell says it “eliminated superfluous steps, decreased finishes and supplies” on the brand new laptop computer that pulls again on contrasting inside to spotlight the “curated and premium” CNC machined aluminum that’s now the star of the present each in and out. It’s a glance that’s acquainted, however fairly clear in both the sky (gray) or umber (brown) tinted aluminum end, and hopefully, it maintains the sturdy design plus strong keyboard and trackpad we lauded in 2020. Different touches just like the fingerprint sensor / energy button, and Thunderbolt 4 ports on both aspect stay unchanged, however there’s no headphone jack on the laptop computer this yr.
Extra notable modifications are inside, and deal with a number of the weaknesses we referred to as out on the 9310, with a nasty webcam, audio system that lacked bass, and a keyboard that might get scorching to the contact below load. The inner format has been redesigned to incorporate Dell’s smallest motherboard ever, which measures 1.8x smaller than the earlier mannequin, making room for bigger audio system and different tech. The spec sheet mentions utilizing that area for a bigger battery, nonetheless, it lists the brand new mannequin’s unit at 51 watt-hours, in comparison with the 9310’s 52. It additionally has a single fan design now as an alternative of twin.
We’ll have to assessment the brand new mannequin to see what its new chipset and design make of these modifications, which might be an space for the brand new Alder Lake CPUs inside to shine. As we’ve defined earlier than, this era of Intel chips is healthier positioned to do battle with the competitors from AMD, Apple, and everybody else by adopting a setup just like many ARM-based CPUs, with extra cores which can be cut up up between ones constructed for efficiency or energy effectivity.
At launch, Dell is itemizing two 10-core CPU selections of both Intel’s i5-1230U or i7-1250U with Iris Xe graphics, RAM selections of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, and SSDs in 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB sizes. In keeping with Dell, essentially the most power-efficient i5 mannequin may stream Netflix repeatedly for as much as 12 hours, or 11 hours on essentially the most environment friendly i7 setup, and as much as 6 hours on a mannequin outfitted with the i7 chip, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and 4K show.
So far as shows, there’s no new OLED-equipped model obtainable now, with selections together with a 4K UHD+ (3840×2400) contact show, or FHD+ (1920 x 1200) in both contact or non-touch configurations. This yr it contains assist for WiFi 6E, nonetheless built-in 5G is reserved for the upcoming 2-in-1 model. The aluminum within the body is low-carbon to scale back its carbon footprint, whereas this yr’s mannequin ships in new packaging product of “100% recycled or renewable content material.”
The webcam is up to date too, separating the infrared and RGB sensors in methods the corporate says will make you look higher in low gentle, and whereas Dell lastly put the digicam in the correct spot a couple of years in the past, it’s nonetheless restricted to 720p. Whether or not or not that’s true, this mannequin can be including Dell’s ExpressSign-In tech that makes use of a proximity sensor together with the Home windows Howdy facial recognition-capable webcam to detect whenever you’re in entrance of the laptop computer and robotically log you in, in addition to lock it whenever you stroll away or dim the display screen to save lots of battery life when you’re one thing else.