Dell XPS 13 getting Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake, Killer Wireless MU-MIMO in forthcoming refresh
The Dell XPS 13 is my favorite 13-inch laptop and with good reason. Now, Dell appears to be readying the next generation of the laptop with a few updated specifications.
As spotted on reddit a comparison sheet posted on Dell's website (opens in new tab) lists the refreshed XPS 13 with new internals. The design itself is likely to stay the same as it has since its introduction of the InfinityEdge display.
Here is what is new with forthcoming XPS 13 line:
- 7th Generation Intel "Kaby Lake" Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 options
- Faster CPU speeds: Core i5 jumps from 2.8 to 3.1 GHz; Core i7 jumps from 3.1 to 3.5 GHz
- Intel HD Graphics 620 (no mention of Iris option)
- Wi-Fi is updated to Killer 1535 2x2 + MU-MIMO + Bluetooth 4.1
- 16GB RAM version is now clocked higher: 2133 MHz (up from 1866 MHz)
Size, weight, storage, and display all remain exactly the same.
The addition of Killer Wireless is welcomed as those are often preferred for improved network performance and are used extensively by the gaming community. MU-MIMO (Multiuser multiple input, multiple output) is helpful for homes with many devices connected as it helps direct network connections, however you do need a MU-MIMO-supported router too. Speed and memory bumps are also impressive as it means the XPS 13 line should continue its dominance in this high-end category.
There's no word on when Dell will officially announce this refresh, but it shouldn't be too long. Availability will likely happen in the October-November timeframe.
The XPS 15 with InfinityEdge is not yet getting a refresh just yet, which makes sense since that line is slightly newer than XPS 13. In addition, quad-core Kaby Lake processors are not expected to ship until late December making an early 2017 refresh highly likely.
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Speaking from my experience.
And to which one 950.?
Don't get me wrong I love this machine it's so small but still so capable, and also mostly it's on sleep which it boots up instantly from so boot time doesn't even bother me.
Will you please review the HP ENVY 15t (2016 edition).
This particular model doesn't have ANY review on the entire internet. I've found only news articles from back in June-July.
24 W (~2 h 20 min of use) – gaming in 1080p, Balanced Mode, screen at 80%, Wi-Fi ON. So clearly the reviews and long life being reported is being measured with screen dimmed dramatically. Sitting on planes and trains I seldom feel like putting a blanked over my head to see the screen. This is my second 9350 as the first one broke and dell sent me a new one quickly back in March. The battery performance was similar for both. I can only recommend NOT getting: touch screen, i7, 16gb RAM and the 1tb SSD. I certainly regret it. I am now seriously considering getting the dell external battery pack for this laptop and I am unlikely to get another Dell. The construction is faultless.. But what good is that if it is flat brick in under 3 hours.