The best 13-inch laptop just got more powerful. Dell announced an update for the XPS 13 (9310), with which Intel processors of the 11th generation are used for the first time.
The 11th generation Tiger Lake processors should improve performance significantly. We tested an early pre-production model from Intel, and Tiger Lake is an impressive performance upgrade. While these new Tiger Lake laptops are limited to just four cores and eight threads, they should be far better at tasks like photo and video editing. We tested the performance in an early pre-production unit and the results were impressive.
Thanks to higher clock rates and A.I.-based processing in applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, you can handle content creation workflows much better on the new XPS 13.
These 11th generation Tiger Lake processors are the first to feature Intel's new Xe integrated graphics. Known as "Iris Xe", these built-in graphics. As long as you stick with the top-end Core i7, you can play games at reasonable frame rates on low or medium settings. This was not possible with earlier versions of the XPS 13.
In addition to performance, the XPS 13 retains the thin front bezel design introduced in early 2020. It has a full-length keyboard, a 13.4-inch 16:10 screen, side panels made of diamond-cut aluminum and a larger touchpad than previous models. With the new model, the two USB-C ports on the laptop are now updated to the Thunderbolt 4 standard. There's also a third USB-C 3.1 port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot.
In the basic configurations there are options for a 1900 x 1200 screen and a higher resolution 3840 x 2400 model. The system can be used with up to 32 GB of memory and one terabyte of solid-state storage.
Finally, Dell has updated the memory in the XPS 13 from the speed of the previous model to 3733 MHz to the faster LPPDR4x with 4267 MHz.
The XPS 13 9310 will be available starting September 30 in North America starting at $ 999. This basic configuration comes with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD.
Dell is also announcing an updated version of the XPS 13 2-in-1 and a new XPS 13 Developer Edition. These versions offer the same upgrades as the standard XPS 13, including 11th generation Tiger Lake, Intel Xe graphics, faster storage, and Thunderbolt 4.
The prices for the XPS 13 Developer Edition have yet to be set and will also be shipping on September 30th.