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Dell is about to reveal an XPS 13 (9365) convertible laptop at CES with Infinity Edge display

In my recent review of the Dell XPS 13 (9360) I complimented the excellent built quality and design but lamented the lack of innovation. HP's Spectre x360 seemed to outpace it including two-in-one tablet functionality.

All of that is about to change this week when Dell reveals the XPS 13 (9365) a "two in one laptop" that addresses at least one of my big complaints. An image of the new device and its URL were spotted on Dell's website.

Not much else is known about the XPS 13 (9365) except that it will feature the same near-bezel-less display aka Infinity Edge and borrow heavily in the overall design from the current Kaby Lake XPS 13. Speaking of, we can expect a dual-core Kaby Lake processor and likely similar RAM and storage specifications.

Will Dell go the distance though and include biometric authentication like they will with their upcoming XPS 15 (9650) refresh? It remains to be seen, but if they do Dell is poised to hit it out the park at CES this week. The XPS 15 (9650) refresh will feature a powerful Kaby Lake quad-core CPU and Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU with up to 4GB of video RAM giving Dell some heavy ammo in the PC wars.

Windows Central will be at CES 2017 this week for hands-on coverage of these and other devices as well. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Garrett, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

42 Comments
  • Dual-core Skylake? Not Kaby Lake? :(
  • It's Kaby Lake.
  • Well, that was a very quick patch! :P
    I think this will be the "gold standard" of 2017 convertibles (not pen-enabled hybrids). Anyway, happy New Year to you Daniel and the rest of the Mobile Nations crew.
  • Well, Dell announced early in CES 2017. Turns out the Dell XPS 13 (9365) is just a fanless Core M model of the XPS 13 & 360 hinge. Not bad, but too bad it doesn't have pen support. Weird enough, it is priced higher than the standard Core i5 XPS. I'm not sure what's Dell gunning for market/audience here.
  • Or maybe dual coil whine 
  • When the XPS 13 came out a couple of years ago a convertible one was my dream laptop. Interesting. I don't think I can go back to a traditional laptop once going that way. I have now a SP4. waiting to see what SP5 will be.
  • Indeed. If the Dell XPS 13 would truly go 2-in-1 convertible... other than it can turn 360 on hinge, it would at least support some kind of stylus/digitizer to add meaningful function--similar to Dell's Inspiron series, but maybe a more superior sensor rivaling Surface's N-trig or at least Wacom AES like the one on X1 Yoga. CES 2017 may impress on the "upcoming techs/reveals for the OEMs", but it would be trumped sooner or later if they don't catchup to the standards of 2-in-1s like MS Surface or  even Apple's iPad Pro (except for their brand & ridiciculous price for higher configurations of ROM/RAM). Honestly, I was impressed with the SP4, but it hasn't matured yet (like battery & N-trig's inferior performance againts the Apple Pencil on the 1st Gen iPad Pro). Only thing MS have to do for SP5 are probably better battery capacity & better improvements on the N-trig (like lower IAF, tilt-support, and 200+ pps--to rival Wacom's AES Gen 13 this year w/ 4,096 lvl. pressure sensitivity.) Idk, about the future of Apple devices like the iPad Pro (but, kudos for the Apple Pencil on the amazing performance on first try); but the most "innovative" thing they can add (at least is...) USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support (and maybe enough RAM, since the iPhone 7 has 3Gb RAM vs IPP 9.7's 2Gb RAM)--it would make Apps like Duet-Display or Astropad much more viable with 40Gbps Bandwith. 
  • Rejoice! A very good Pen is coming.
  • Agree! Having pen input is always better and better appropriate for these convertibles, especially that they are not best as a consumption-use tablet always being too heavy for long use lifting with hands. With pen input, they having tablet modes is more valuable than just being a normal tablet for the sake of it. About Apple Pencil, gotta have give credit for them for making the pen experience in first go, the response and that tilt strokes are notable ones. I hope that Surface Pens will have tilt since it gives more ways to utilize pen for digital art, especially that people coming from Wacom ecosystem. Pen pressure isn't much of a big deal especially with 1024, if they have to pump up then and think the 2048 should be enough. The important is the pressure curve on how responsive and smooth the pressure you can do, eliminating hard studded pressures that ruins the pen flow. The rest is natural improvements such as pen response and speed. Oh, another really important that many artist finds an issue with Surface is the line jittery. This needs to be addressed as it makes pen experience harder in general but most especially on art.
  • Agree! Having pen input is always better and better appropriate for these convertibles, especially that they are not best as a consumption-use tablet always being too heavy for long use lifting with hands. With pen input, they having tablet modes is more valuable than just being a normal tablet for the sake of it. About Apple Pencil, gotta have give credit for them for making the pen experience in first go, the response and that tilt strokes are notable ones. I hope that Surface Pens will have tilt since it gives more ways to utilize pen for digital art, especially that people coming from Wacom ecosystem. Pen pressure isn't much of a big deal especially with 1024, if they have to pump up then and think the 2048 should be enough. The important is the pressure curve on how responsive and smooth the pressure you can do, eliminating hard studded pressures that ruins the pen flow. The rest is natural improvements such as pen response and speed. Oh, another really important that many artist finds an issue with Surface is the line jittery. This needs to be addressed as it makes pen experience harder in general but most especially on art.
  • It looks squarish... A 16:10 screen maybe?
  • It would make sense. Hopefully.
  • Maybe the extra screen estate would be used for a dead portion for holding purposes?
  • Hopefully 16:10 please. That extra vertical space is always better for general purpose computing. Tiny black borders when watching media isn't that bad anyways on 16:10.
  • Really OEMs should be choosing between 16:10 and 3:2 in the perfect world. It makes sense and most people actually enjoy those aspect ratios.
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    Unfortunately, sometimes manufacturers still go with 16:9, 18:9, or 4:3 just because. I really don't know why but hopefully with the Surface lineup being a showcase device, most OEMs will choose not to get odd aspect ratios and screen resolutions.
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    Better for everyone in the long term
  • I just switched from 16:9 to 16:10 while switching from my old HP 250 G1 to a Lenovo Miix 310 2in1. I don't know if it's better or not, I'm still in the getting used to phase. But I think I'll keep my old HP for one thing. The new Lenovo lags like hell in Minecraft Windows 10 Edition when I'm near my iron golem farm, and the HP doesn't. I think this kind of farming requires higher single core performance and not more but slower CPU cores :D
  • Will the release date be in January? or when can we expect it in stores?
  • some time in Q2 2017
  • Anyways, I hoped for the camera on the top with Windows Hello. At least they could put the screen on the middle making the precious DELL logo smaller our omitting it which is actually gobbling up a big space at the bottom. I kept waiting for this and hold onto my older xps 9530, now I might need to go with Spectre x360.
  • I agree with having to place the camera at the center instead on the left-hand side. Also making it bit higher near the display and slightly angled to improve the perspective to the face of the user, especially for Windows Hello facial recognition. Dell logo can be just shifted to the left, making the design asymmetrical which is not bad. At least the space doesn't feels like too blank and unused. If the screen where 16:10, then the added vertical space of the display consumes the bottom bezel a bit without increasing the overall wideness of the device.
  • Would be smart to have a 13 & 15 version of this with at minimum finger biometric or best face bio security.  Dell and HP should also find a path to getting updates to drivers and firmware issued from windows 10 update.
  • unfortunately that was tried in Windows 7 and only half-worked. Sometimes updates would get to the end user and sometimes not. Microsoft controls the UUP and Windows Update platform, whereas OEMs can put there own update manager on their devices to do that instead.
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    Maybe someday we will get to a point where all laptops are running the same hardware so that updates can come from Microsoft, while design aspects will be done through OEMs
  • I am using its less expensive brother right now and I LOVE IT. The XPS version of the inspiron two in one will be KILLER. Game set and match in the 13" notebook category. A fully optioned xps 13 2 in 1 with 32 gb ram, large SSD, kabylake, and priced less than the "magical" MacBook pro. Nail in Coffin!
  • Really? This has it all over the crappy new MacBook. That is a joke and just an apple way to squeeze the lemmings out of lots of money for nothing new. Sucker them in with flash and thinness without anything of substance.
  • I hope they make a fan less version of the XPS 13. The Dell Latitude 7370 is just too expensive.
  • It might come considering Windows 10 on ARM is a success. It might have the Qualcomm SD835 with 6GB RAM, and 256GB SSD.
    To top it off, the battery life would be upwards of 20 hours due to the power efficiencies of the ARM architecture.
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    Now that would be great!
  • Hopefully with Pen support, it is a must in 2017 for 'creators'!
  • +1 But not everybody here agrees. The lack of pen support of the newest HP Spectre X360 wasn't even mentioned in two cheering articles about it, here,
  • This is going to make my next buy a tough decision. Love the size and portability of the 13, but thinking of getting an 15 because of the more powerful CPU. I use my SP3 exclusively as a tablet, so the 2 in 1 features are not too important, but it would be nice. BTW, I recently received an iPad Pro 12" for work, not for normal use, but for testing our software. It is not anywhere near competition for the Surface nor any other 2 in 1. UI in the OS and apps that are not optimized for the screen size, as a tablet it is cumbersome to hold, as a "laptop" it is too compromised, people complain about needing to pay extra for a SP keyboard but you need to pay extra for the keyboard and pencil for the iPP, the need for a degree in origami to figure out the keyboard, and so much more. In general, all the things the Apple people complained about with the Surface, are much worse with the iPP. I mention this because it shows just how, for all the complaints that a very few people have invented, the Surface and 2 in 1 devices are good at how and what they do.
  • If this XPS 13 2 in 1 is announced with an i7 and QHD+ for $1599 or less this week, and HP hasn't fixed their 2016 Spectre x360 turned off battery drain bug still..... Then I guess I will be returning my Spectre to get this when it's available.
  • Just don't buy the Dell service plan. Our business bought the next day on-site service plan, and four months after we bought it, they never did fix it. After ten days of messing with them, we had to take it to a local business and spend $200 to get it fixed. They did offer to fix it if we sent it in, which meant we would be without a computer for two weeks. Poor service. Just too bad that a company that makes nice computers don't stand by them.  
  • hinge looks ugly.. no windows hello support.. no thanks
  • We have zero information about its specs, and only have one low-res image, yet you're already saying no thanks to it. 
  • just another troll on this website :(
  • Hello will be coming on this one I am sure....and any future xps models.
  • Grammar police.
    It should say 'build quality', not 'built quality' :)
  • So it will have the same awkwardly placed webcam. I won't even bother looking at it.
  • there is currently no information on camera placements or hardware capabilities
  • Camera is in lower middle area
  • That's freaking awesome! Very excited for this one.
  • If Dell makes a 15" version of this in a 13" form factor. I'll buy it on the release date.
  • It's up on the Dell site!!! This looks good.  Pen support.  Windows hello with fingerprint scanner.  Where the camera is located is a thousand times better than the normal XPS 13/15.  It looks like the dual with infrared for Windows hello also??????  This looks very enticing now.