The Dell XPS 13 Has Been Refreshed, Updated With Quad-Core Kaby Lake, 40 % Performance


Since the release of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, we have been considerably happy with its success. It basically transformed the already award-winning notebook into a convertible, maintaining so many of the features, like the design and display, that were so very lovable. Adding the dazzling, nearly borderless InfinityEdge display, as well as the latest Intel CPUs was one thing, but now, the “smallest 13.3-inch laptop on the planet” has a brand new update to please us even further.

Dell, in the midst of updating multiple laptops with Intel’s latest 8th generation processors- the Kaby Lake chips, the XPS 13 Refresh has been at the top of the headlines. The tech company announced a September release during its IFA 2017 launch, and Dell stuck to its word. Dell first phased in the Core i7 chip during IFA, and then by October, the Core i5 chip. Now, in comes 8th gen Core i7 chips, and for the XPS 13 9360, that means a bump up to the i7-8850U, increased with 4 cores. This new core boost basically means better everything for the XPS 13, offering up to 40 percent more multi-tasking performance than the 7th gen processors. Memory options start anywhere from 4GB to 16GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM; and storage options include a 128GB SATA, all the way to a 1TB PCIe SSD. Graphics remain based on Intel, from Intel’s HD 620, the Intel Iris Plus 640, and the Intel UHD 620 GPUs.

The LCD screen also remains impressive, with the benefit of fitting its 13.3-inch display into an 11.1-inch chassis, and a teensy bezel only 5.2mm thin. Other than that, the device is gorgeous as always, now with both rose gold and silver versions, glazed upon the machined aluminum body, built with carbon fiber, and gorilla glass for the touchscreen (there is also a FHD non-touch version). In the case of the full HD display, the notebook can also be configured with an UltraSharp QHD+ 3200 x 1800 resolution.

Per the norm for Dell, this is a very balanced device, with plenty of power in a very sleek device. The XPS 13 Refresh, like its predecessor, still provides more to love, yet less to carry (at a mere 2.7 pounds). Don’t forget that battery that can handle up to 22 hours on the FHD version. Of course, when utilizing that higher-resolution screen, that lasting power will take a hit. However, 22 hours of on-the-go battery life certainly exceeds that expectations that most other devices in this caliber can master. As always, users may enjoy the fastest, and most secure way to unlock Windows devices with Microsoft Hello, via a password-free sign-in and fingerprint reader in the front. Available now, the Dell XPS 13 refresh comes with a starting price of $799. Just remember that the levels of configurations discussed here will surely result in more of a hefty chunk out of your wallet.

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