Dell XPS 13 now features quad core processors, a 4K display and a brand new color model
The new Dell XPS 13 lineup has finally been announced and features Intel’s latest 8th generation processors. Previously, the 13-inch models used to get dual-core processors but all that is going to be a thing of the past because the starting versions now feature quad-core chips. This will deliver better performance, especially for applications that take advantage of multiple cores.
“Complementing the new rose gold aluminum shell of the XPS 13, the alpine white glass fiber weave is elegant to the eye and silky to the touch. Durable as it is beautiful, atop its soft-textured lattice is titanium oxide for a pearlescent sheen and UV and stain-resistant coatings to prevent yellowing or staining over time. In fact, if you get a pen mark or other stain on the white interior you can just wipe it off. And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance.”
Starting at a price of $999, the Dell XPS 13 features an Intel Core i5-8520U and can be upgraded to Intel’s i7-8550U if you can add more money to the package and the notebooks can be upgraded up to 16GB DDR4 memory. You can also get up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage and you can either get the 4K display version or the 1080p model. All resolution models will feature a touchscreen but here is the disappointing bit.
There are no standard USB ports; just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a regular USB-C port, one microSD card reader and a headphone jack. No doubt the Thunderbolt 3 port is able to deliver a lot of options to the user, but the other complaint is that the user will not see discrete graphics in the notebook. You get the regular Intel UHD Graphics 620 chip, so if you want better graphics performance, then you will have to pick up the 15-inch version down the road.
There is also a white color model, which is a breath of fresh air because you were only able to get two colors before this one came along.