Dell confirms new XPS 13 notebooks will have Intel 'Kaby Lake' CPUs, up to 22 hours of battery life

Dell has confirmed plans to release revamped versions of its popular XPS 13 notebook. The new models will have Intel's 7th generation "Kaby Lake" processors and a new battery that can last up to 22 hours.

Some details of Dell's new XPS 13 notebooks leaked out a few days ago. Now the company has officially announced (opens in new tab) details of the revamped laptop. Some of the new versions will come in a new Rose Gold color in two different models:

  • Intel 7th Generation Core i5; 8GB memory; 256GB SSD; 13.3-inch FHD
  • Intel 7th Generation Core i7; 8GB memory; 256GB SSD; 13.3-inch QHD+ with Touch

Here are some of the other details for the new XPS 13:

  • New larger 60WHr battery delivering longer battery life, up to 22 hours on FHD and up to 13 hours on QHD+
  • New Killer 1535 Wireless-AC technology for strong and reliable WiFi connection
  • Dell's exclusive virtually borderless and premium Full HD or UltraSharp QHD+ InfinityEdge display
  • Stunning 13.3-inch screen in an 11-inch frame
  • Smallest 13-inch notebook on the planet and 17 percent smaller than the comparable MacBook Air 13-inch. Starting at 2.7lb and measuring a super slim 9-15mm
  • Constructed with machined aluminum, carbon fiber and Corning Gorilla Glass for incredible durability and stunning design
  • Developer Edition also available, featuring Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

The Dell XPS 13 will go on sale on October 4 with prices starting at $799.

  • Wow? 22 hour battery. I want. Also love the infinity display. Hope they make a 2-1 version soon.
  • This amount of battery life really needs to be bit more common among Windows ultrabooks, and this is a great start! OEMs needs to really deliver no less than 6 - 8 hours battery on every notebook, unless its a giant gaming laptop with monster specs which is technically challenging to have good battery life for those.
  • Note that those numbers are generally far from the truth. But considering that I get about 5-6 hours with regular usage on my full HD Dell XPS 13 9350 (they advertized my version of this ultrabook having 15 hours of battery life), I would say you will probably get about 10 hours with this new version.
  • Was just gonna say the same thing, I also have the same version of XPS 13
  • I hardly believe it - I'm running XPS 15 9550 and while using it normally the battery (84 Whr) can't last 3 hours...
    No multimedia run at all, just office stuff and internet.
  • You clearly have a problem. Do a little search on the site for solution. Otherwise replace it. No way on earth your meant to get 3 hours on light usage.
  • I'm waiting on my 9550 being delivered right now. FHD screen, 512ssd, i7, 16gb... I'm hoping for around 10hours. Obviously running visual studio etc I expect it to be lower.
  • @mikolajek, not normal behaviour. Try posting in the forums for possible solutions -:).
  • Yeah, something must not be right. Check all drivers and the BIOS for updates, try different browsers and Ad Blockers, tweak battery saver to control certain apps a little more closely and cuddle with the brightness a bit. I charge my XPS 13 9350 FHD every 2-3 days. I generally let it sleep rather than shutting down and since the latest updates it doesn't drain much at all in standby.
  • Indeed, there's no way your laptop runs at a constant 28W for three hours just running office and browser.
    ​I'm inclined to believe you don't even own an XPS 15 9550.
  • even my gtx960m gaming laptop gets more than 3 hours.
  • Would the "New larger 60WHr battery" be bigger physically? or is it new better internal specifications, in the same size?
  • Good question, if only OEMs let ifixit do more tear downs -:).
  • My i7 QHD Dell XPS 13 is one of the best purchases I've ever made.
  • It would be interesting to see if real world usage reflects or hits a similiar number to these controlled tests.
  • As long as they get rid of that horrific WIFI chip on the 9530 and 9550, I'll be happy.  That thing was a piece of trash.
  • Mine was horrible at first but it's rock-solid now. Required two or three driver updates to fix it.
  • There was some article recomending to fumble in Bluetooth (!) settings, set its power to 75% (from the default 100%) in order to *not* to interfere with wifi strenth. Do you remember? Lack of quality testing and something that could/should be fixed in the very first drivers update.
  • Is the battery life due to Kaby Lake optimizations or to the device's battery size? Or maybe to a combination of both? This is a great development for the industry, batteries need to be larger.
  • I am respectfully wondering if the writer miss write 12 for 22. It sounds like a dream. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Crazy battery life
  • Think I will hold out for the XPS 15 :D 
  • Im officially over excited! ^_^ Bouncing off the walls lol  22 HOURS!!! Imagine! Drooliing. Dell Take all my money lol
  • I guess in the press release Lauren doesn't want anyone to call Jack... [scroll down]
  • I can't wait to get my hands on one.
  • What is the new model number?
  • Awesome battery life!