Dell XPS 13 gets a 2020 refresh with 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake chips and Ubuntu-based Developer Edition

Dell XPS 13 gets a 2020 refresh with 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake chips and Ubuntu-based Developer Edition

Just a few days ahead of CES 2020, Dell has lifted the covers off the updated Dell XPS 13 — a thin and light 13.4-inch notebook featuring 10th-Gen Intel Core Ice Lake processors. Along with the new processors, the device features a new display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and minimal bezels on the bottom, Iris Plus Graphics, up to 32GB of LPDDR4X-3733 RAM (soldered) and up to 2TB PCIe solid-state storage.

Dell XPS 13

As per a recent report from AnandTech, the new XPS 13 makes use of an updated cooling system with two fans, two heat pipes, and multiple air inlets to compensate for the extra heat generated by the more powerful processors. For connectivity, the device features a 2×2 Killer Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 adapter, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack.


Dell XPS 13

The 16:10 display on the Dell XPS 13 2020 comes in two variants, including a 1920×1200 panel with full sRGB coverage and a 3840×2400 UHD+ panel with support for 90 percent of the DCI-P3 space and HDR 400 certification. Both variants are also Dolby Vision certified ensuring good visual quality for content consumption. The notebook comes in a black or white CNC-machined aluminum chassis, it measures in at just 14.8mm thick and weighs between 1.2 and 1.27 kg depending on the touch support. The trackpad on the updated XPS 13 is also slightly larger for better usability. Powering the new XPS 13 is a 52 watt-hour battery rated for up to 19 hours of use on a single charge for the FHD+ variant.

The Dell XPS 13 2020 will be made available in the U.S., CanadaSweden, UK, Germany, and France starting January 7 with prices starting at $999.99, and available globally in February. Along with the Windows 10-based models, Dell will also be shipping a Developer Edition featuring Ubuntu 18.04LTS, starting at $1,199.99 for the Core i5 variant with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and the FHD+ display, though this model will be available only in the U.S., Canada, and select European countries in February. It’s also worth noting that the older XPS 13 powered by Intel’s Comet Lake CPUs will co-exist in the market with the new model.

Specifications Dell XPS 13 2020
Dimensions & Weight
  • 295.7 x 198.7 x 14.8 mm
  • 1.2kg on non-touch variant\1.27kg on touch variant
Display Size 13.4″ LCD
Display Resolution FHD+ variant:

  • 1920 x 1200
  • 100% sRGB coverage
  • Dolby Vision
  • Options for touch functionality
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on touch screen variant

UHD+ variant:

  • 3840 x 2400
  • 100% sRGB and 99% DCI-P3 coverage
  • Dolby Vision
  • Touch-enabled
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
CPU Options
  • Intel Core i3 1005G1 (4MB cache, up to 3.4GHz)
  • Intel Quad-Core i5 1035G1 (6MB cache, up to 3.6GHz)
  • Intel Quad-Core i7 1065G7 (8MB cache, up to 3.9GHz)
  • Intel UHD Graphics on Core i3
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM Options ranging from 4 – 32 GB LPDDR4X-3733 DRAM (soldered)
Storage Options
  • 256 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • 2 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
Ports & Extras
  • 2x USB Type-C with USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Micro-sd card reader
  • Fingerprint scanner on Power button
Battery 52Wh
Operating System Options
  • Windows 10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on Developer Edition

Source: CES Press Room
With additional inputs: AnandTech

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Pranob Mehrotra
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A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.

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