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2018 Dell XPS 13: 5 Things You Need to Know



The 2018 Dell XPS 13 is smaller, thinner, lighter and more powerful. You can also buy the new Dell XPS 13 in a rose gold and white color option that Dell says you cannot stain, even with permanent marker.

Building on multiple years of design, the 2018 XPS 13 is a refined notebook milled out of a single block of aluminum that uses advanced design techniques to keep the notebook cool while still being slimmer and more portable.

You can buy the 2018 Dell XPS 13 at Dell, Microsoft and Microsoft Stores now starting at $999. A special Ubuntu developer edition is available for $949 direct from Dell.

2018 Dell XPS 13 Performance

This is the 2018 Dell XPS 13 with 8th gen Intel processors.

This is the 2018 Dell XPS 13 with 8th gen Intel processors.

The 2018 Dell XPS 13 packs in a new 8th generation Intel processor and includes a new version of the Dell Power Manager which allows users to decide if they want more power or if they want a quieter experience.

Users can expect blistering fast speeds thanks to a quad core processor, up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 1 TB SSD. The notebook packs in a super-bright 400 nit display that is the smallest ell Cinema display. This delivers vibrant colors and a better dynamic range so you get dark blacks and bright colors while working or while enjoying movies.

The 13.3-inch 4K Display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and surrounded by a 4mm thick bezel that delivers a beautiful frame for your display.

You’ll find far field Cortana support so you can use voice control from up to 14 feet away, a fingerprint reader and Windows Hello to log you in as well as two ThunderBolt 3 USB C ports for connectivity.

For connectivity you get  microSD card slot, headset jack, USB C 3.1 port and the two ThunderBolt 3 USB C ports. The one catch to this system is the webcam is at the bottom of the screen, which makes for some awkward angles while on video chat.

2018 Dell XPS 13 Colors

Along with the thinner new deign that Dell says fits perfectly on an airline tray table, ell is adding a splash of color to the new laptop. You can buy the 2018 Dell XPS 13 in silver or in rose gold.

The rose gold Dell XPS 13 comes with a white interior that is made from “new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers,” This alpine white glass weave is bound to get dirty as you use the notebook, but Dell says you can wipe off staining materials within 7 days and get a clean look. That even includes mustard and permanent markers.

2018 Dell XPS 13 Price

The 2018 Dell XPS 13 starts at $999 for the Windows version and a special developer version with Ubuntu is $949. You can configure it with a range of options and prices. Dell currently offers four models of the new XPS 13 for consumers.

  • Dell XPS 13 – $999 – 8th gen Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1080P Display.
  • Dell XPS 13 – $1199 – 8th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1080P Display.
  • Dell XPS 13 – $1449 – 8th gen Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1080P Display.
  • Dell XPS 13 – $2049 – 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 4K Touch Display.

You can upgrade to a 4K touch display on the two middle models for an additional $350 and you can opt for a 1TB PCIe SSD on the high end XPS 13 for an additional $400.

2018 Dell XPS Battery Life

Choose the Dell XPS 13 color that suits you best.

Choose the Dell XPS 13 color that suits you best.

The 2018 Dell XPS 13 battery life is rated at just under 20 hours with the 1080P display while using Word or Excel. That’s a super-long battery stat. You can expect less while you are working in more demanding apps or streaming, but battery testing still rates the new XPS 13 at roughly 8 to 15 and a half hours for browsing and more demanding tasks. You can check out a full rating of battery life for various models in this report.

2018 Dell XPS 13 Smartphone Connectivity

The new Dell XPS 13 includes enhanced smartphone connectivity that allows you to connect your iPhone or Android to your laptop.

This allows you to see phone calls and text messages on your computer with both iPhone and Android. Android users can see even more, including using their Android apps right on the Dell XPS 13.

5 Best Dell XPS 13 Alternatives in 2018

HP Spectre Laptop - $1,299.99

HP Spectre Laptop - $1,299.99

Like Dell, HP has bet big on design and craftsmanship in the last few years. You only need to look at the HP Spectre Laptop to realize those efforts are paying off. This new laptop is beautiful. It’s also powerful enough to get you through whatever you have planned for your day.

The HP Spectre Laptop is .40 inches thin. HP claims it’s the thinnest touch laptop ever made. Though, at 2.45 pounds, it’s not the lightest notebook ever made. The device comes in two equally stunning colors. There’s an ash silver model with copper edges and a ceramic white model that has gold edges that glisten in the sunlight. Its 13.3-inch 4K display has touch and almost no bezel on two sizes.

Inside, there’s everything a modern Ultrabook needs. It uses new Intel 8th Generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors to last up to 11 hours on a single charge. You can charge the laptop back to half in just 30 minutes, making the longer battery life of other laptops moot. You can add up to 16GB of RAM and every model comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port for very fast data transfers between it and your phone. There also two USB 3.0 Type-C ports and a headset jack on the back edge of the notebook. A wide-angle Windows Hello camera lets you sign into the HP Spectre Laptop by just looking at it.

HP will begin selling the HP Spectre Laptop sometime this year for $1,299.99. Potential buyers can sign up for notifications about the laptop at now. If you’re looking for just a really solid laptop that has touch, this is the PC for you.

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