Redesigned convertible

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390)

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Dell XPS 13 (9380)

Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 offers more versatility thanks to a convertible design, and it's packing Intel's 10th Gen Core processors (CPU) and better thermals for excellent performance. It might not have upgradeable hardware or as many ports as the XPS 13, but for most people, it should be the go-to pick.

From $980 at Dell

Pros

  • Uses 10th Gen Intel processors
  • New 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 4K touch display with HDR400 certification
  • Thin and light premium build
  • Supports active pen for inking

Cons

  • RAM and SSD not upgradeable
  • Not as many ports as XPS 13
  • Generally more expensive

The standard XPS 13 is a proven Ultrabook, bringing strong performance, plenty of ports, and a thin, light design. It's not as versatile as the convertible version and doesn't offer the same inking experience, but it's still a top pick for anyone who needs a standard notebook and wants to pay less.

From $980 at Dell

Pros

  • Cheaper price for similar hardware
  • Extra USB-C 3.1 port
  • Lighter starting weight
  • SSD is upgradeable

Cons

  • Using older 8th Gen Intel CPUs
  • Not as versatile as a convertible
  • Can't upgrade RAM

These two laptops are close siblings, and you're going to get a slim, premium PC in either case. However, there are some significant differences when it comes to internal hardware and overall design. Let's take a close look at the tech specs available in each laptop to get a better idea of how these laptops differ.

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

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) Dell XPS 13 (9380)
Processor 10th Gen
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel Core i5-1035G1
Intel Core i7-1065G7
8th Gen
Intel Core i3-8145U
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel Core i7-8565U
RAM 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4x-3733MHz
4GB, 8GB, 16GB
LPDDR3-2133MHz
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
PCIe SSD
128GB, 256GB, 1TB, 2TB
PCIe SSD
Display size 13.4 inches 13.3 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1200 (touch)
3840 x 2400 (touch)
1920 x 1080 (touch)
1920 x 1080 (non-touch)
3840 x 2160 (touch)
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:9
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Ports Two Thunderbolt 3
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Two Thunderbolt 3
USB-C 3.1
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Biometrics Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader
Battery 51Wh 52Wh
Dimensions 11.69 x 8.15 x 0.28 - 0.51 inches
( 297mm x 207mm x 7 - 13mm)
11.9 x 7.8 x 0.3 - 0.46 inches
(302mm x 199mm x 7.8 - 11.6mm)
Weight From 2.9 pounds (1.32kg) From 2.7 pounds (1.23kg)
Colors Alpine white
Black carbon fiber
Platinum silver
Rose gold
Frost white

Design and features

Both the XPS 13 and its convertible counterpart are among the sleekest looking Ultrabooks out there. The standard XPS 13 comes in three external finish options and a black carbon fiber or white woven glass fiber interior, while the 2-in-1 has to exterior finish options and the same black and white interior options.

Both the XPS 13 and its convertible counterpart are among the sleekest looking Ultrabooks out there.

The XPS 13 actually starts at a lower weight and is ultimately a bit thinner than the 2-in-1 (convertible laptops generally have a bit more bulk due to the touch display and hinge design), though both weigh less than three pounds and are about a half-inch thick. In both cases, you're going to get a compact 13-inch laptop that can easily be carried around with you wherever you go.

For ports, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has been trimmed down to just two Thunderbolt 3, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack, while the standard XPS 13 is slightly better equipped with two Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.1, a microSD card reader, and 3.5mm audio. With either laptop, you'll be able to take advantage of a quality Thunderbolt 3 docking station for a full workstation experience.

If you prefer a laptop that can be used in tent, stand, and tablet modes alongside the standard notebook orientation, you'll have to go with the XPS 13 2-in-1. The XPS 13 is stuck as a notebook, without the ability to rotate past 180 degrees. This ultimately makes the XPS 13 2-in-1 a better pick for those who often watch TV and movies, especially when you get into the 4K display with HDR400 certification.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is using a second-gen MagLev keyboard that we also saw on the XPS 15 2-in-1, which is comfortable to use for long periods. The XPS 13 is no slouch either, and the final decision will ultimately come down to which you prefer; we recommend, if possible, testing out both keyboards in person before making a final decision. Both laptops also have a relatively large Precision touchpad, giving you the ability to use the full gamut of Windows 10 gestures.

Display

XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell displays are usually some of the best on the market, and the XPS 13 2-in-1 steps things up by changing the aspect ratio to 16:10. It's a boxier display with more surface area than the 16:9 option on the standard XPS 13, and both the FHD and 4K options hit up to 500 nits of brightness. The latter is also HDR400 certified for impressive color and contrast. The XPS 13 does feature Dolby Vision HDR for its FHD and 4K options.

All displays for the convertible laptop are understandably touch-enabled, and all are compatible with Dell's active pen for a stellar inking experience. If you have some creative ambitions you'll want to opt for the XPS 13 2-in-1, while if you'd rather go with a non-touch display to optimize battery life (and save some money), you will be stuck with the XPS 13's non-touch FHD option. Both have thin bezel for a sleek look, and both have a webcam above the display for a proper viewing angle.

Performance and price

XPS 13 9380

The XPS 13 2-in-1 features Intel's 10th Gen Core i3-1005G1, Core i5-1035G1, and Core i7-1065G7 CPUs, bringing stellar performance from a smaller chip that should boost battery life and keep the heat down. The standard XPS 13 is using 8th Gen Intel "Whiskey Lake" hardware that also puts up strong performance numbers, but if you want the latest, you'll have to go with the convertible laptop. The 2-in-1 can also be had with up to 32GB of RAM, whereas the standard notebook tops out at 16GB.

Dell's new XPS 13 2-in-1 has been improved in nearly every way.

As for storage, you can opt for up to a 2TB SSD in the XPS 13 — which can be upgraded in the future — while the XPS 13 2-in-1 tops out at 1TB and cannot be upgraded after purchase. If a lot of storage is important to you, the standard XPS might make the most sense. Neither laptop has dedicated graphics (GPU) options, but the 2-in-1 model's Core i7 CPU features Intel Iris Plus Graphics, which should be a better fit for some light gaming than the UHD Graphics 620 in the standard XPS 13.

While both laptops start at the same price, the XPS 13 2-in-1's $980 model has a 10th Gen Core i3 Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and FHD+ touch display. For the same price, you can get a standard XPS 13 with 8th Gen Core i5 Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and non-touch FHD display. That's a smaller SSD (which can be upgraded after purchase) and no touch function, but if you're on a budget and want the best performance, that Core i5 CPU will no doubt make you happy.

Scaling up in price, the maxed-out XPS 13 2-in-1 with Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and touch UHD+ display costs about $2,597. For something similar in a non-convertible body, including 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB SSD, and UHD touch display, you're looking at about a $1,990 price. You're not going to get the same versatility or pen support, but you will save a lot of money.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is the right choice for most people

Thanks to the performance from 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs, a boxier 16:10 aspect ratio for its FHD+ and UHD+ touch displays, and the added versatility of a rotating display and active pen support, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is going to appeal to a lot of people.

Redesigned XPS convertible

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390)

A beautiful convertible with 10th Gen Intel hardware

Dell's new XPS 13 2-in-1 has been improved in nearly every way, and anyone who's in the market for a convertible should take notice. It will ultimately cost more than the standard XPS 13 with similar specs, but it will bring 10th Gen Intel performance, better display, and more versatility.

The XPS 13 offers better ports and is generally cheaper

If you don't need the added versatility of a convertible and don't mind using aging Intel hardware, the XPS 13 is a great choice. It has an extra USB-C port, its SSD can be upgraded after purchase, and it's generally cheaper than its 2-in-1 counterpart.

Premium standard notebook

Dell XPS 13 (9380)

An outstanding Ultrabook for those who don't need a convertible

The XPS 13 (9380) is a more affordable, non-convertible alternative to the XPS 13 2-in-1. It offers strong performance in its own right and has up to a 4K touch display option available, all wrapped up in a premium, light chassis.

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