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Dell announces redesigned Dell XPS 13 (9300) with Ice Lake processors and a taller display

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell announced the refreshed Dell XPS 13 ahead of CES 2020.
  • The laptop has a four-sided InifinityEdge display with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
  • The refreshed laptop runs Intel's Ice Lake processors.
  • The Dell XPS 13 will be available on January 7, 2020 starting at $1,000.

Updated January 2, 2019: This post now includes more details regarding the XPS 13's battery life.

Dell announced a refreshed XPS 13 (9300) ahead of CES 2020. The laptop features a refined design that includes a four-sided InfinityEdge Display. The laptop runs on Intel's Ice Lake processors. The Dell XPS 13 will be available on January 7, 2020 from $1,000.

CategoryXPS 13 (9300)
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home or Pro
Ubuntu 18.04
Display13.4-inches (16:10)
Full HD, 4K
Dolby Vision
Processor10th Gen Intel Core
i3-1005G1
i5-1035G1
i7-1065G7
GraphicsIntel UHD
Intel Iris Plus
Memory4, 8, 16, or 32GB LPDDR4X (3733MHz)
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Expandable StoragemicroSD
Front CameraHD 720P (top bezel)
SecurityWindows Hello IR camera (face)
Windows Hello fingerprint (power button)
ConnectivityKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Bluetooth 5
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX500-DBS
Ports2x Thunderbolt 3
1x 3.5mm headphone
Type-C to Type-A converter included
Audio2x 2.5W (4W peak) stereo
Battery52WHr
DimensionsHeight: 14.8mm (0.58") x Width: 295.7mm (11.64") x Depth: 198.7mm (7.82")
Weight1.2kg (2.64lbs.) for non-touch
1.27 kg (2.8 lbs.) for touch
ColorsCNC machined aluminum (outer)
Black carbon fiber (interior)
Arctic white woven glass fiber (interior)

The latest XPS 13's display has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio that's surrounded tiny bezels. Most notably, the bottom bezel of the device is much smaller. The device has a 91.5 percent screen-to-body ratio and is 13.4-inches. There are options for both FHD+ and UHD+ displays on the laptop. The display supports Dolby Vision HDR with CinemaColor. On the audio side of things, the Dell XPS 13 supports Waves MaxxAudio Pro with CinemaSound.

Dell XPS 13

Source: Dell (Image credit: Source: Dell)

The keyboard of the XPS 13 now has nine percent larger key caps, and the trackpad is 17 percent larger.

The refreshed Dell XPS 13 is a Project Athena device which focuses on battery life and instant-on capabilities. Dell stated that the new XPS 13 gets up to 19 hours of battery life.

Dell XPS 13

Source: Dell (Image credit: Source: Dell)

Intel's Ice Lake processors are on the inside of the device, along with Iris Plus Graphics if you opt for the Core i7 model. There are variants of the XPS 13 ranging from the Intel Core i3 to the quad-core Intel Core i7. There is not an option for a six-core Intel chip.

In addition to the Windows version of the Dell XPS 13, there's a Developer Edition that runs Ubuntu. The Developer Edition starts at $1,200 and comes out on February 4, 2020.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • Does thinner and lighter mean battery life takes yet another hit with the XPS 13? I heard the 2019 XPS 13 had battery problems so I'm wondering what the 2020 battery life is like.
  • Dell stated that the new XPS 13 gets up to 19 hours of battery life. It's a Project Athena laptop, so hopefully, it does well in the battery department. I've updated the article with the additional information we received about battery life.
  • An ubuntu based dev laptop? Now that's interesting, I'm curious - will we see other OEMs follow suit.. hmm..
  • Dell's been doing this for a while.
  • Lovely design, I hope more companies will adopt 16:10 and 3:2 screens.
  • I'm really interested to get this laptop, however I find it very difficult to see whether I'm getting the 2020 model or not. For example the title of this article says 9300, but there are a lot of 93xx model numbers listed online. What's the difference between them?
  • Liars! Read user reviews on the Dell purchase website, it's all true! And read reviews about dell support! This laptop is not usable, it's a toy with dozens of problems, like random system crashes and restarts, heating up on the closed lid (you may find your laptop working hard after coming back from a trip or work) and absolutely no support possible in English from non-English speaking country e.g. Japan. No support for Linux!