Dell XPS 13 gets updated internal layout, adds Alder Lake CPUs

Dell announced its 2022 revised version of XPS 13 which is now going to come with Intel’s new 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs for more cores plus hybrid architecture. This version, apparently the lightest and thinnest 13-inch XPS, is approximately 13.9mm thick (0.55 inch) and weighing about 2.59 lbs only, is now out in the US and Canada starting today at $999 with Windows 11 or $949 with Ubuntu 20.04 equipped Developer Edition.

The time Dell was in the limelight was with its InfinityEdge design with the signature thin bezels back in 2015, after which it couldn’t seem to do anything much.

A few features include flush keyboard, touch bar, better P-Series CPU options, plus an all new 2022 XPS 13 2-in-1 in place of the previous thin and foldable design including a tablet + folio keyboard case.

In addition to that, the 9315 model beholds a similar appearance to the 11-gen CPU-powered 9310 which had released in 2020 and had later gotten an OLED display added to it.

There will be two 10-core CPU choices at the launch, Intel’s i5-1230U or i7-1250U with Iris Xe graphics, RAM choices of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, and SSDs in 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB sizes. As stated by Dell, the i5 model, the “most power-efficient” one, has a potential of streaming Netflix continuously for 12 hours, or 11 hours on an efficient i7 setup, 6 hours on a model equipped with the i7 chip, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and 4K display.

Coming to display, though there’s no OLED-equipped version yet, the available ones are a 4K UHD+ (3840x2400) touch display, or FHD+ (1920 x 1200) in either touch or non-touch configurations. There’s support for WiFi 6E, with the in-built 5G for the upcoming 2-in-1 version. In an attempt to reduce carbon footprint, there’s low carbon in the aluminum frame and also an appreciable new packaging of “100 percent recycled or renewable content.”

The webcam, capable of differentiating infrared and RGB sensors to give much better picture quality in low light, though being 720p, is a notable feature as well. Putting Dell’s ExpressSign-In tech into use which works with a proximity sensor with the Windows Hello facial recognition-capable webcam which can detect when the user in in front of the laptop and automatically logs them in, and also lock it when they walk away or even dim the screen to save battery life.