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Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 get speedy updates with Intel 11th Gen, Thunderbolt 4

Dell Xps 13 2 In 1
Dell Xps 13 2 In 1 (Image credit: Dell Inc.)

What you need to know

  • Dell announced the latest refresh to its XPS 13 lineup today.
  • The updated XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 now feature Intel's 11th Gen Core CPUs, Thunderbolt 4, and faster RAM.
  • Both models are set to go on sale starting September 30 starting at $999 for the XPS 13 and $1,250 for the XPS 13 2-in-1.

As promised earlier this month, Dell today took the wraps off of the latest update to its XPS 13 range. The biggest update is the move to Intel's latest 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs that launched at the beginning of September. That includes Intel's new integrated Iris Xe graphics, which are much more capable than previous generations.

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Beyond the basic spec bump that comes from a move to a new generation of CPUs, there are also some big ways in which the new XPS 13 range improves over last year's models. Number one is that you now get Thunderbolt 4 connectivity on two ports, an upgrade from the previous model's Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 4 isn't any faster than Thunderbolt 3, but the Thunderbolt 4 certification adds some extra security and allows you to push up to two 4K displays at once or one 8K display.

This year's XPS 13 models also bring faster RAM speeds. The new RAM runs at a speed of 4267MHz compared to the 3733MHz speeds on the previous generation.

CategoryDell XPS 13 9310Dell XPS 9310 2-in-1
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Display13.3 inches
Up to 4K HDR 400 500-nit 100% sRGB + 90% DCI-P3
Dolby Vision
13.4 inches
Up to 4K HDR 400 500-nit 100% sRGB + 90% DCI-P3
Dolby Vision
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 (4.8GHz)Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4.7GHz)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
MemoryUp to 32GB LPDDR4x 4267MHzUp to 32GB LPDDR4x 4267MHz
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe 3 x4 SSDUp to 1TB PCIe 3 x4 SSD
Expandable Storage1x microSD card reader1x microSD card reader
Camera720p 2.25mm webcam720p 2.25mm webcam
SecurityWindows Hello fingerprint reader
Windows Hello camera
Windows Hello fingerprint reader
Windows Hello camera
ConnectivityKiller Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2), Bluetooth 5.1Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2), Bluetooth 5.1
Ports2x Thunderbolt 4 with DisplayPort & Power Delivery, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, 1x USB Type-C to USB-A 3.0 adapter2x Thunderbolt 4 with DisplayPort & Power Delivery, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, 1x USB Type-C to USB-A 3.0 adapter
Audio2x 2.5W stereo speakers w/ Waves MaxxAudio Pro
360-degree Waves NX 3D virtual surround with headtracking via headphones
2x 2W stereo speakers w/ Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Battery52WHr51WHr
Dimensions14.8mm (0.58") x 295.7mm (11.64") x 198.7mm (7.82")14.35 mm (0.56") x 297mm (11.69") x 207mm (8.15")
WeightStarting: 1.2kg (2.64 lbs) for non-touch; 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs) for touchStarting: 1.32 kg (2.9 lbs)
ColorsPlatinum silver with black carbon carbon fiber palm restPlatinum silver with black carbon fiber palm rest
Frost with Arctic White woven glass fiber palm rest

Beyond those updates, Dell has a slightly updated design for the XPS 13 2-in-1. It's now made of machined aluminum with carbon fiber palm rests. It's available in either platinum with black palm rests or "Frost" with an arctic white woven glass fiber palm rest.

As you'd expect from one of Dell's flagship laptops, the XPS 13 continues to be a high-end little powerhouse. Further, Dell continues what it started with its previous generation with the taller 16:10 displays and a four-sided InfinityEdge display with thin bezels.

The Dell XPS 13 9310 and XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 are expected to go on sale starting September 30. The XPS 13 starts at $999 while the XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at $1,250.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.