The XPS 13 2-in-1 is the Dell convertible we've always wanted

Dell XPS 12 2-in1 laptop
Dell XPS 12 2-in1 laptop (Image credit: Windows Central)

Dell has taken the much-loved XPS 13 ultrabook and to its next logical step: a convertible laptop. Everything that you know and love about the XPS 13, from the long battery life to the carbon fiber body to the gorgeous 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display, has carried over, but now in a slick and portable convertible form factor.

At first glance it's not immediately obvious that this is a convertible. In fact, the only real giveaway is the hinges: they're a pair a 360-degree hinges on either end instead of the single center-spanning hinge from the non-convertible version. From the fingerprint reader to the Windows Hello-compatible IR cameras (still mounted beneath the display, alas) to the soft-touch carbon fiber deck, it's a familiar laptop.

But flip the screen all the way around and you've got a fully capable Windows 10 laptop equipped with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (all from the low-power Y series), up to 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The InfinityEdge display comes in two resolutions: Full HD (1920x1080) or an eye-popping QHD+ (3200x1800), both 13.3-inch IGSO panels. Even with all of that going on, Dell still estimates a 15-hour battery life, with is just absurd for given the tapered 13.7mm closed thickness we're working with here.

The Dell XPS 13 is available now for a starting price of $999.

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Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.