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New Dell XPS 13: Addition Of Kaby Lake And Rose Gold Option Worth Extra Money?

First Posted: Sep 16, 2016 06:36 AM EDT
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The Dell XPS is getting a new update with the Dell XPS 13, with improved specs and a new paint job. With the addition of Kaby Lake, the new XPS 13 will feature the i3, i5 and i7 variants of Intel's Kaby Lake chips, promising improved performance and battery.

The XPS will also come in a special 'Rose Gold' paint job, a colour that has seen popularity since the past year. The design is further complimented by Dell's edge-to-edge display, dubbed the InfinityEdge Display, which makes the screen look nearly bezel-less, according to ZDNet

Battery life has seen a major boost with up to 22 hours of usage and improved networking due to a fast Killer 1535 AC inside. A new Thunderbolt 3 port is also found, for faster data transfers, and sharing screens with up to 4K monitors for users who prefer linking their system to bigger screens.

For the most part, the new Dell XPS 13 retains the 1080p display, a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage for the base variant. The high-end variant of the XPS will have a 16GB of RAM, as well as a 1TB SSD with a more powerful i7 chip and a touchscreen Quad-HD panel, in a report by The Verge.

With this new release, Dell is hoping to step up its games to competitors like the Lenovo Yoga 910 and the Razer Blade Stealth. The 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs can wake the computer from sleep in 0.5 seconds, and can also create 4K videos eight times faster than the previous generation, filling the performance gap. Since the UltraBook cannot support a full-fledged graphics card, Intel's HD Graphics will cater to video needs, according to Laptop Mag.

The notebook will release on October 4, 2016 and will be priced at $1,499.99 for the rose gold variant and from $799 for the silver aluminium.

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