At CES 2018, Dell has announced two new laptops – a refreshed version of its excellent XPS 13 and a 15-inch version of its XPS 2-in-1 notebook. The company is also venturing into software with a new application that aims to bring true mobility between a PC and smartphone.
Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 is undoubtedly the best Windows notebook but it seems to have lost out in terms of design in the past year. Dell first announced the XPS 13 with InfinityEdge display in 2015 and the laptop has received the much needed design refresh at CES this year. The major design change comes in the form of a new white and gold color option and updated port selection. The new XPS 13 features the same 13-inch InfinityEdge display found on its predecessor but can now be configured with a 4K panel as opposed to the QHD+ panel found on outgoing model.
The new XPS 13 now comes with options for either Core i5 or i7 8th generation CPU, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Dell is also going Apple way by dropping the regular USB port in favor of USB Type-C port. However, it is including a USB-C to USB-A adapter with the model which will be useful in the short term. The new XPS 13 is just 12 mm thick and is nearly 5 mm thinner than its predecessor.
The current generation XPS 13 uses carbon fiber material for the palm rest and with the new model, Dell is using crystalline silica material in white color for a woven fabric like feel on the white and gold color variant. The XPS 13 will be available at a starting price of $999 and should launch in India later this year.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
Dell launched the XPS 13 2-in-1 last year and this year, it is announcing the 15-inch variant of that convertible device. The XPS 15 2-in-1 offers the same 360-degree hinge like the 13-inch variant but uses an 8th generation Intel Core G series chipset with integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics compared to low-power Core M CPU found on the 13-inch version.
Dell says the 15-inch version of XPS 2-in-1 comes with a maglev keyboard that relies on magnets for actuation. The biggest compromise with thin and light notebooks is that the keyboard doesn’t feel clicky and lacks travel, and Dell claims to have found a solution with its maglev keyboard. The keyboard looks and feels like a regular keyboard but magnets under the keys offer a ‘clickier’ experience compared to the 0.7mm travel.
The convertible machine can be configured with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, a 1080p or 4K touchscreen display and up to 1TB storage. It comes with four USB Type-C ports and two of those support Thunderbolt 3. It also comes with an active stylus and prices start at $1,299 (approximately Rs 83,000).
Dell Mobile Connect
The company is also introducing a new software called Dell Mobile Connect that will act as a bridge between Dell PCs and smartphones. Dell says the software will come pre-installed on all Dell notebooks starting January 27 and will allow users to make calls, send texts, get notifications and even mirror their smartphone applications. It will work with smartphones running both Android and iOS and will enable mobility when switching between a PC and mobile. The software is now available for download to those using a Dell machine.