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Dell announces new XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 with Tiger Lake processors

Dell announces new XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 with Tiger Lake processors


They’re also getting Thunderbolt 4 and a RAM update

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The Dell XPS 13 sits on a desk with a marble background.
The new Dell XPS 13, the best laptop of 2020 so far, is getting a refresh.

Dell has announced new refreshes to its XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1. Both are powered by Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors and will be available in the US and Canada on October 1st (and more countries in the coming weeks). The XPS 13 starts at $999; the 2-in-1 starts at $1,249. The new XPS was first teased onstage at Intel’s Tiger Lake launch earlier this month.

The upgrades mostly look like spec bumps. In addition to the new processors, both models have received a memory update: they’re now running LPDDR4x at 4,267MHz, rather than 3,733MHz. Like many other Tiger Lake flagships, they’ll also support Thunderbolt 4 and Intel’s Xe integrated graphics.

The 2-in-1 has also gotten a similar redesign to one that the early-2020 XPS received. What you’re most likely to notice is the new screen-to-body ratio. Dell says the convertible display is 7 percent larger than those of previous generations — you can tell that the bezels, particularly those on the top and bottom, have gotten smaller.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 on a bench in Montreal.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a new processor and a new design.
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Dell also announced a “developer edition” of the XPS 13. It’s a Linux-based device and the first laptop to come preloaded with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Dell is also offering an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS download to anyone who owns an XPS 13 and wants to switch their system over, regardless of whether they have a developer edition.

The new XPS 13 systems have two color options: “platinum silver with black carbon fiber interior” or “frost with arctic white woven glass interior.” The portfolio is part of Intel’s Evo program.

Dell says the entire XPS 2020 line will arrive in “sustainably sourced” packaging that includes recycled, ocean-bound plastics.

Update September 29th, 5:24PM ET: Updated to reflect that the announced models will include “platinum silver” and “frost” colors, that the line is part of Intel’s Evo program, and that Dell has changed the date that new XPS systems go on sale from September 30th (as was previously announced) to October 1st.