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Dell gives XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops a boost with Intel's eighth-generation processors

XPS 13
XPS 13

IFA officially kicks off later this week in Berlin, and Dell has already hit the ground running with some new laptops. A whole new batch of Inspiron laptops are on the horizon, but perhaps more interesting is the performance boost that Dell is bringing to its popular XPS 13.

The main thrust of the XPS 13 refresh is the addition of Intel's new 8th-generation Core chips. With the new chips, Dell is promising a performance boost of up to 44 percent. A big part of that massive performance jump is likely due to the new quad-core power of the new chips, which is a first for Intel's Core line built for ultrabooks.

The XPS 13 with Intel's 7th-generation Core processors remains available now starting at $799 (opens in new tab). You can expect the refreshed XPS 13 with Intel's 8th-generation Core i7 processor to be available on September 12 starting at $1,399.99. Other configurations are coming in October, Dell says.

Dell's Inspiron lineup is getting a bit of an overhaul as well, with updated 2-in-1 models in the Inspiron 7000 and 5000 lines (opens in new tab), as well as the standard Inspiron 7000 line.

Dell Inspiron

Dell Inspiron

The biggest update with the Inspiron line is that they're all now powered by Intel's 8th-generation processors. There are no claims to a performance improvement as massive as the XPS 13's here, but the move on to Intel's latest chips, but Intel itself claimed up to a 40 percent improvement when the chips launched. In addition to the change in processor generations, Dell says that its new Inspiron models will sport a slight design update with thinner bezels than before.

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All updated Inspiron models will be available in the U.S. starting on October 3, Dell says. As for pricing, expect the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s to start at $879, while the standard Inspiron 7000 will start at $799. Meanwhile, the Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 will start at $749, while the Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 is expected to come in at $999.

All of this is in addition to Dell's upcoming Windows Mixed Reality headset, which also was revealed in full, and is set to be available in teh coming months. Take a look at our initial hands-on with the headset for more.

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5 Comments
  • Is anything planned for the XPS 13 2-in-1?
  • The 2-in-1 already uses Kaby Lake Y. There is nothing to update it to until Cannonlake-Y releases.
  • So there are no 8th-gen, Y-series CPUs planned?
  • Cannonlake is  going to be under the 8th Gen banner (8th Gen is Kaby Lake Refresh, Cannonlake, and Coffee Lake).
  • Did they finally fix the whine coil noise in this version?