Compact king

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Serious power

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The XPS 13 2-in-1 now has 8th Gen Intel Core processors, so you can complete most tasks. It's also definitely the better choice if you're a frequent traveler due to its smaller form factor.

From $1,000 at Dell

Pros

  • Highly portable
  • 8th Gen Intel processors
  • High-resolution display option
  • Pen support

Cons

  • No dedicated graphics
  • Too close to the XPS 15 price

The XPS 15 2-in-1 is a great choice for professionals thanks to dedicated AMD graphics, the option of a 4K display, and great battery life. Unfortunately, it's the more expensive of the two options here.

From $1,300 at Dell

Pros

  • Dedicated graphics
  • 4K display
  • Pen support
  • Great battery life
  • Larger screen

Cons

  • Can get quite expensive

Both are very good laptops, but the larger XPS 15 2-in-1 is certainly the more impressive hardware wise. But it's also more expensive, and now the XPS 13 2-in-1 can come with 8th Gen processors, so it's not as underpowered as it used to be, and remains the top choice for the most mobile laptop users looking for a 2-in-1.

XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 tech specs

The story is very similar in regards to regular XPS 13 and XPS 15. The larger laptop has more powerful internals, in no small part thanks to the additional graphics power.

Category Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 XPS 13 2-in-1
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8305G
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8705G
8th Gen Intel Core i5-8200Y
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8500Y
RAM 8GB/16GB DDR4-2400MHz 8GB DDR3
16GB DDR3
Graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega M (4GB) Integrated Intel HD
Storage 256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe SSD 256GB/512GB PCIe SSD
Display size 15.6 inches (touch) 13.3 inches
Display resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD)
3,840 x 2,160 (4K UHD)
1,920 x 1,080 FHD
3,200 x 1,800 QHD+
Camera Front-facing 720p Front-facing 720p
Biometrics Fingerprint reader (optional)
IR camera
Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Windows Hello
Pen Dell Premium Active Pen (not included) Dell Premium Active Pen (not included)
Ports Two Thunderbolt 3
Two USB-C 3.1
3.5mm audio
One USB-C Thunderbolt 3
One USB-C 3.1
One microSD card reader
3.5mm audio jack
Battery Six-cell 75Wh Four-cell 46WHr
Dimensions 13.9 in x 9.2 in x 0.36-0.63 in
(354 mm x 235 mm x 9-16 mm)
11.98 in x 7.81 in x 0.32-0.54 in
(304 mm x 199 mm x 8-13.7 mm)
Weight Starts at 4.36 pounds (2 kg) Starting at 2.7 lbs (1.24 kg)
Price Starting at $1,300 Starting at $1,000

The XPS 15 2-in-1 makes use of Intel's new partnership with AMD, so not only are you getting a quad-core Intel processor, you also get Radeon M graphics, which will perform a lot better than Intel's integrated GPU on the XPS 13 2-in-1.

There are plenty of similarities, including support for the optional Dell Active Pen, the high resolution touch displays, and plenty of connectivity. The story really is that if you prioritize portability, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is the one to go for. If you need the most powerful version, you go for the XPS 15 2-in-1.

XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 size

XPS 15 2-in-1

Size for these notebooks is simply not as big a deal as with other laptop makers, but it is still worth consideration. The XPS 13 is incredibly small for a 13-inch notebook, with Dell having squeezed it into a form factor smaller than the display size would have you believe.

The XPS 13 in particular is great to throw in a bag if you're a frequent traveller. It's so compact that it takes up very little room, will fit in any laptop bag, and is light enough you'll barely know it's there. Just dont forget to pack the pen.

The XPS 15 is also smaller, lighter, and slimmer than the average 15-incher, even in this 2-in-1 form factor. It weights almost two pounds more, which doesn't sound like a lot, but when portability is important every ounce counts.

XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 price

XPS 13 2-in-1

There's $300 difference between the two at the entry level, and the XPS 15 is just about worth the difference, but only if the additional graphics power is important to you.

At the high-end with high resolution displays on each, you're looking at around $2,000 for the XPS 15 2-in-1 and $1,400 for the XPS 13 2-in-1 before you add any custom configurations. With the XPS 15 version, however, you have to factor in that you're getting a full 4K display in that as well as a better CPU, GPU, and faster RAM.

Some of the options on the XPS 15 2-in-1 though can really crank the price up, especially if you're looking for more internal storage. A 2TB PCIe SSD will add another $750 to the asking price.

XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 bottom line

XPS 13 2-in-1

The XPS 15 2-in-1 is the more impressive of the two on a purely hardware consideration. If your budget allows it and you're OK with the larger size, then it's the one to go for.

The Intel and AMD collaboration means it's a solid performer all around, and while it's no gaming machine, there's certainly more graphics power than you'll find on any of the XPS 13 2-in-1 variants.

That said, if you travel frequently or plan to use your 2-in-1 as a tablet a lot, there's a strong case for the XPS 13 2-in-1. It's more portable and the smaller form factor is more enjoyable to use with the display folded right back around. And thanks to the recent update to 8th Gen processors, it's no longer as underpowered as it once was.

Top performer

XPS 15 2-in-1

A simply incredible 2-in-1

For outright performance the larger 15-inch 2-in-1 has the edge, in no small part thanks to its AMD Radeon graphics.

Most portable

XPS 13 2-in-1

Tiny in all the right places

The top choice for lighter workloads and those who travel a lot, the XPS 13 2-in-1 will fit nicely in any bag.