Dell finally joins the Ultrabook Party with the XPS 13
Well after months of waiting, it seems Dell have finally revealed their much anticipated Ultrabook, dubbed the Dell XPS 13. While the specs might not differ too much from those other ultrabook’s out there, there are actually a few differences between the XPS 13 and it’s competitors that actually make this particular model quite tasty (not literally of course… that would be strange).
The most interesting thing about this laptop is that it actually uses carbon fibre! Yes, the carbon fibre is actually incorporated in the chassis while aluminium is used for the lid while the palm rest is a smooth matte black soft touch finish that is sure to make your hands feel all the more comfortable. All in all, it sounds really well built which we’re glad because we have heard some of the newer Ultrabook model’s used cheaper materials to lower the cost, and it’s nice to see Dell not following suite. It’s good that Dell can finally compete with say the Asus Zenbook or the Apple Macbook Air or even Acer’s latest offering. In terms of specs, it’s no slouch either:
- Processor – Core i5 processor, upgradeable to Core i7 (Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge towards the end of year)
- Storage – 128GB SSD Drive, upgradeable to 256GB
- RAM – 4GB RAM (not upgradeable)
- Backlit Keyboard (a huge plus for those of you who work in the dark, although it will effect battery a little)
- Screen – 300-nit, 1366 x 768, Gorilla Glass display
- Video Card – Intel HD 3000 graphics
- Battery – 47Wh battery rated for up to eight hours
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Intel’s Smart Connect and Rapid Start Technology
- 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Weight – 2.99 pounds (1.35 kilograms)
- Size – .71 inches to .24 (18 to 6mm)
Not a bad alternative to the other model’s out there that’s for sure. The build quality is certainly the differentiating factor in this particular model. It’s a 13-inch model, but the bezel around the screen is so small it can actually pass off for a 12-inch model with a 13-inch screen (quite useful for storage and portability). Aside from that, pricing will start at $999 and up, and in terms of release date, we’re probably looking at a a release for this in a few weeks to month in the USA, and soon after internationally. For more information, head on over the the source link and enjoy!