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Dell XPS 13 vs. XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315)

Tech specifications

XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) (Image credit: Dell)

The new XPS 13 (9315) and XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) models are close siblings with some major differences. The former is a continuation of one of the best Windows laptops (the 9310 model), while the latter is a whole new 2-in-1 form factor for the XPS lineup. 

Dell recently announced that the XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) is launching Aug. 25 with a starting price of $1,099. That price includes the attachable keyboard; the active pen is sold separately for $100. Initial regions include U.S. and Canada, and more regions are expected to be added in the coming weeks.

Here's a look at the specs available in each PC.

XPS 13 (9315)XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315)
OSWindows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, Ubuntu 20.04Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i5-1230U, i7-1250U12th Gen Intel Core i5-1230U, i7-1250U
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5-52008GB, 16GB LPDDR4x-4266
GraphicsIntel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD256GB, 512GB, 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display13.4 inches, 16:10 aspect ratio, Dolby Vision, Eyesafe13 inches, 3:2 aspect ratio, Dolby Vision, Eyesafe
1920x1200 (FHD+), 500 nits, 100% sRGB, AG2880x1920 (3K), touch, 500 nits, HDR 400, 100% sRGB, AR, pen support
1920x1200 (FHD+), touch, 500 nits, 100% sRGB, AR
3840x2400 (UHD+), touch, 500 nits, HDR 400, 90% DCI-P3, AR
PenNoneXPS Stylus (sold separately)
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4Two Thunderbolt 4
AudioStereo speakers, 4W output, MaxxAudio Pro, Waves Nx 3D, dual micsWaves MaxxAudio Pro, Waves Nx 3D, dual mics
WirelessIntel Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2, 5G
Camera720p, IR, ambient light sensor, human presence detectionFront: 1080p, RGB + IR, ambient light sensor
Rear: 11MP 4K
Keyboard1mm travel, backlightAttachable Folio, 1mm travel
SecurityFingerprint reader, IR camera, HPDFingerprint reader, IR camera
Battery51Wh49.5Wh
Dimensions11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 inches11.5 x 7.9 x 0.29 inches
295.4mm x 199.4mm x 13.99mm292.5mm x 201.2mm x 7.4mm)
WeightFrom 2.59 pounds (1.17kg)From 1.6 pounds (736g)
Folio: 1.23 pounds (560g)
ColorSky, UmberSky, Slate

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

The XPS 13 (9315) follows the same design as its predecessor, the XPS 13 (9310), except it's just a shade lighter and thinner. In his XPS 13 (9310) review, Executive Editor Daniel Rubino called it the "pinnacle of 13-inch, non-convertible Ultrabooks." The 9315 model continues that trend with a beautiful aluminum chassis available in two different colors: Sky and Umber. Note that there is also the new XPS 13 Plus (9320), a more premium version with haptic touchpad, edge-to-edge keyboard, and much more. Our XPS 13 Plus vs. XPS 13 comparison has more information on the subject.

While there have been XPS 13 2-in-1 models in the past, the XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) is new ground for Dell's premium laptop lineup. This is a true 2-in-1 PC with detachable keyboard, much like the Surface Pro 8. You buy the tablet portion as a standalone PC, and you can add a keyboard with stand for a truer laptop experience. The tablet is super sleek with an aluminum build, weighing in at just 1.6 pounds (736g) and measuring just 0.29 inches (7.4mm) thin. It's available in Sky and Slate colors.

XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) (Image credit: Dell)

The XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) has optional 5G connectivity to go along with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2; the standard XPS 13 has only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The 2-in-1 model also adds a rear-facing 11MP 4K camera, accompanied by a front-facing 1080p camera with RGB and IR sensors and ambient light sensor. The XPS 13 has just the front-facing 720p camera with IR, ambient light sensor, and human presence detection.

Each PC has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and nothing else. You're likely going to want to pair these laptops up with one of the best Thunderbolt 4 docks, at least when you're working in an office setting. A fingerprint reader rounds out security measures.

Bottom line? The XPS 13 (9315) is the right choice for those who want a standard laptop. And if you'd rather have the added versatility of a tablet that can become a laptop with an attachable keyboard (sold separately), you'll want to stick with the XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315).

Displays

The XPS 13 (9315) has some familiar displays available, though it looks like the 3.5K OLED model is now being reserved for the XPS 13 Plus model. There are two 1920x1200 (FHD+) screens, each with 500 nits brightness and 100% sRGB color. A non-touch version has an anti-glare finish, while a touch version has an anti-reflective finish.

There's also a UHD+ touch display with 500 nits brightness, HDR 400, 90% DCI-P3 color, and anti-reflective finish. All screens are sized at 13.4 inches with 16:10 aspect ratio, and all have Dolby Vision.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) has just one 13-inch touch display option. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio — ideal for a tablet — and Dolby Vision, along with 500 nits brightness, HDR 400, 100% sRGB color, and an anti-reflective finish. The screen is capable of inking, though you'll have to add Dell's XPS Stylus to your purchase.

Performance and price

XPS 13 (9315) (Image credit: Dell)

The XPS 13 (9315) and its 2-in-1 sibling each come with Intel's 12th Gen Core i5-1230U and Core i7-1250U processors and up to a 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD. The standard XPS 13 is available with up to 32GB of LPDDR5-5200MHz RAM, while the 2-in-1 stick with LPDDR4x-4266 RAM up to 16GB. 

Memory is soldered in both laptops, while storage is still to be determined. The older XPS 13 (9310) model had an accessible M.2 slot for post-purchase upgrades, and that might continue here. As for the 2-in-1 tablet, it's unlikely you'll be able to get inside.

The XPS 13 (9315) is available now at Dell's website starting at $999. The XPS 13 2-in-1 (9315) is expected Aug. 25 with prices starting at about $1,099. Have a look at our picks for best Dell laptops to see how they compare.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.