Dell’s new XPS 13 adds Alder Lake processors, but it’s more than just a spec bump

Today Dell is releasing the 2022 revision of its XPS 13 to include IIntel’s latest 12th Gen Alder Lake processors which add more cores and a hybrid architecture, while saying the new version is its thinnest and lightest 13-inch XPS ever. The new laptop measures 13.9 mm (0.55 inches) thick and weighs just 2.59 pounds, compared to the starting weight of 14.80 mm (0.58 inches) and 2.64 pounds. its predecessor for a non-touchscreen model. The new XPS 13 is available today in the US and Canada, from $999 with Windows 11 or $949 for a Developer Edition running Ubuntu 20.04.

The flagship XPS 13 has gone from preview the future of laptops when Dell introduced the InfinityEdge design with thin bezels in 2015, to kind of old a few years later, and now, good enough to earn our review calling the latest iteration “everything a Windows laptop should be” on its way to placements in multiple “Best PC Laptops” lists.

To avoid accusations, the line becomes obsolete again, Dell splits the craziest options with the XPS 13 Plus which kicked off the year with a Touch Bar, flush keyboard and slightly more powerful P-series processor options, as well as a new 2022 XPS 13 2-in-1 announced today which replaces the old slim and foldable design with a folio tablet + keyboard case.

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On the outside, the new 9315 model has a similar look to the 9310 powered by an 11th generation processor that debuted in 2020 before add OLED display option last yearbut the differences should appear as soon as you open it.

Dell claims to have “removed superfluous steps, reduced finishes and materials” on the new laptop which steps back on the contrasting interior to showcase the “prepared and premium” CNC machined aluminum that is now the star of the show at inside as well as outside. It’s a familiar look, but clean enough in either the sky (gray) or umbra (brown) tinted aluminum finish, and I hope it retains the sturdy design and solid keyboard and trackpad we praised in 2020. Other keys like the fingerprint sensor/power button and Thunderbolt 4 ports on either side remain unchanged, but there’s no headphone jack on the laptop this year.

More noticeable changes are on the inside and address some of the weaknesses we reported on the 9310, with a poor webcam, speakers that lacked bass, and a keyboard that could get hot to the touch under load. The internal layout has been redesigned to include Dell’s smallest motherboard ever, which measures 1.8 times smaller than the previous model, leaving room for larger speakers and other technologies. The spec sheet mentions using that space for a larger battery, however, it lists the new model’s unit at 51 watt hours, compared to the 9310’s 52. It also has a single fan design now instead of dual .

We’ll have to look at the new model to see what its new chipset and redesign make of these changes, which could be one area where the new Alder Lake CPUs could shine. As we explained earlier, this generation of Intel chips is better positioned to compete against AMD, Apple and everyone else by adopting a configuration similar to many ARM-based processors, with more cores. distributed between them. designed for performance or energy efficiency.

At launch, Dell lists two 10-core processor choices of Intel i5-1230U or i7-1250U with Iris Xe graphics, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB RAM choices and 256GB, 512GB SSDs. or 1TB. According to Dell, the most power-efficient i5 model could stream Netflix for up to 12 hours, or 11 hours on the most efficient i7 configuration, and up to 6 hours on a model with the chip. i7, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB SSD, and 4K screen.

Dell XPS 13 9315 in Shadow

Dell XPS 13 9315 in Shadow
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As for displays, there’s no new OLED-equipped version available right now, with choices including a 4K UHD+ (3840×2400) or FHD+ (1920 x 1200) touchscreen in touch or non-touch configurations. This year it includes WiFi 6E support, but the built-in 5G is reserved for the upcoming 2-in-1 version. The frame’s aluminum is low-carbon to reduce its carbon footprint, while this model’s year comes in new packaging made of “100% recycled or renewable content”.

The webcam is also updated, separating the IR and RGB sensors in a way the company says will make you look better in low light, and while Dell has finally put the camera in the right spot there’s few years it is still limited to 720p. Whether that’s true or not, this model also adds Dell’s ExpressSign-In technology which uses a proximity sensor in combination with the Windows Hello facial recognition-enabled webcam to detect when you’re in front of the laptop and automatically sign in. , as well as lock it when you walk away or dim the screen to save battery while you watch something else.

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