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Hands-on with the refreshed 2015 Dell XPS 13

XPS 13
XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

The smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet gets some updates for late 2015. The Dell XPS 13 now has 6th generation Intel Core processors and graphics, more storage and memory, and Thunderbolt 3. Don't worry… it still has the InfinityEdge display. We got to play with it for a few minutes, so check out our hands-on video.

Dell XPS 13 specifications

FeatureSpecification
Processor Options 6th Generation Intel Core i3-6100U (3M Cache, up to 2.3 GHz)
6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U (3M Cache, up to 2.8 GHz)
6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U (4M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
6th Generation Intel Core i5-6300U (3M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
6th Generation Intel Core i7-6600U (4M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
DimensionsHeight: 0.33-0.6" (9-15mm)
Width: 11.98" (304mm)
Depth:  7.88" (200mm)
Starting at weight2.7lbs (1.2kg)
2.9lbs (1.29kg) for touch
Display options13.3-inch UltraSharp Quad HD+ (3200x1800) InfinityEdge touch display
13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display, anti-glare
RAM4GB, 8GB or 16GB Dual Channel LPDDR3 SDRAM at 1866MHz (On Board)
Storage128GB SATA, 256GB PCIe, 512GB PCIe, 1TB PCIe SSD
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 520
CameraWidescreen HD (720p) webcam
Ports and connectors USB 3.0 (2), SD card reader, headset jack, Noble lock slot, Thunderbolt 3

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The Dell XPS 13 will be available beginning October 8th on Dell.com in the United States starting at $799. Are you thinking of getting one? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

19 Comments
  • In last week or so, the Windows devices showcased launched have really upped the game. From MS own house to HP and now Dell. Exciting times!
  • I dont like the metalic look. Looks very cheap
  • better than plastic look
  • How is the metallic look cheap? I admit there are different levels of metal and how premium they look, but they all look better than plastic (or polycarbonate). Heck, metal looks better than other premium materials, like carbon fiber. I challenge you to name a single material that looks more premium than metal.
  • Maybe glass? Not saying I disagree, but if there was one material that was as premium as metal it would be glass.
  • does this have Windows hello (real sense camera)?
  • It doesn't look like it.
  • It doesn't seem like it. Besides I wonder, for real users of the XPS 13, how does that front facing camera on the bottom of the screen works?
  • I was so sure that he new XPS with Infinity display was going to be my next notebook until I saw the surface book. I still think this is a very nice machine though.
  • Hooray for 16GB RAM option!
  • Intel HD Graphics... OK then.
    Like seriously?! A 1 GB NVIDIA card or AMD card is the norm in mid range laptops, Intel HD is dead... Why put it in with such phenomenal hardware? Deal breaker IMO Posted via the Windows Central App
  • Mobility and battery trump raw power for many users. If you want more, you go bigger. That simple.
  • So Intel HD is dead?  The #1 seller of graphic chips is dead?  Shhhhh.  Your comment is hurting my brain.  Nvidia and AMD are not the norm in mid range laptops.
  • Dead? LOL. Intel HD is more alive than ever before, they fulfill the needs of an everyday user, perfectly. They support latest versions of OpenGL, OpenCL, DirectX. You can even do light gaming on these cards. For me, I wouldn't want to pay extra money for a dedicated graphics card since I don't do hardcore gaming and also I use Linux and Intel HD works without a problem on Linux whereas Nvidia or AMD drivers cause problems more frequently.
  • I play Dota 2 in Intel HD 4600 mid settings easily.
    So I am sure, the latest generation of Intel HD graphics can play the game in higher settings easily.
    So its an easy buy for me if it makes the device available for cheaper price.
  • In refreshing this beauty, why could they not include Iris and finger Scanners for Windows Hello. I love the battery hours would have loved to see what the price is for the i3 with touch.
  • Nice device, and *another* device which puts the Surface Pro 4's lack of at least 2 USB in the spotlight.  What gives Microsoft?  No thunderbolt, no second USB port, no USB3.1  I just don't understand what happened to the SP4's connectivity options.  It seems like a brain dead obvious improvement.   They really phoned in the Surface Pro 4.  It's effectively just a bump up to the new CPU chip and nothing else. 
  • did he just say "wait for the review in the upcoming MONTHS?"
  • Does the hardware support Windows Hello? I asked Dell on Twitter and they do not comprehend what I mean...