Dell is releasing a few new items at CES 2018 starting with its brand new XPS 13 laptop today. Dell labels the XPS 13 as 'the smallest 13-inch on the planet making it ideal for people on the go'. Along with claiming to be the smallest, Dell is also calling it the most powerful laptop in its class, upgrading to use Intel’s 8th Generation Quad Core processors. Size and performance aside, Dell also tweaked the appearance of the device by shrinking the bezel around the screen allowing for a smaller frame around the screen, known as their InfinityEdge display technology. The XPS 13 debuts an alpine white woven glass palm rest designed specifically for Dell, a departure from the black used previously.

The new 8th Generation Intel Quad Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U processors replace the outgoing 7th generation CPUs. The i5-8250U quad core has a base frequency of 1.6 GHz and a maximum turbo of 3.4 GHz while the optional i7-8550U uses four cores and 8 threads with a base clock of 1.8 GHz boosting to a maximum of 4 GHz. Both processors are designed to fit into a 15W TDP. To help keep things cool with the increased power used by the 8550U, the shell is built with GORE Thermal Insulation which is said to have better than air heat conductivity levels in a more flexible format. The insulation will direct heat out of the device, lowering the temperature. Dell mentioned cooling capacity increased to 27W, up from 15W in its predecessors allowing for more performance headroom from the latest processors.

Also new to the device is a 13.3” UltraSharp 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display. The monitor displays 100% sRGB and due to the size has a high pixel density. Other options include two FHD (1920 x 1080) panels. One is a touch panel and the other is not. The smaller the bezel with the same size screen, the smaller the device can be. 


The dimensions are marginally smaller than the 7th Gen version, and it also comes in slightly lighter starting at 2.67/2.78lbs for non-touch/touch systems versus 2.7 and 2.9 pounds on the outgoing models. It isn’t a big difference but is indeed still smaller. Dell added a new color combination with the rose gold color offering the Alpine white crystalline woven fiber internals. The material, Dell says, has a texture to it, and uses an anti-smudge and anti-stain coating. The entire interior is available in this new material including the keyboard, bezel, and touchpad setting it apart from the plain black we are used to seeing in such devices.

We can expect to see these available globally today, January 4th, with a base price of $999. 

Dell XPS 13 (Early 2018)
Warranty Period 1 Year Warranty
Product Page N/A
Price ($US) $999+
Type Ultrabook
Processor Family 8th Generation Intel Core i5/i7
Processors i5-8520U / i7-8550U
Memory Up to 16GB DDR4 2133 MHz
Network Connectivity Wireless Only
Killer 1435 802.11ac (2T2R)
Intel 8265 802.11ac (2T2R for vPro)
Internal Storage Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display 13.3" 3840x2160 touchscreen
13.3" 1920x1080 touchscreen
13.3" 1920x1080 non-touchscreen
Camera 720p and IR Camera
Battery 52Wh
Speakers 2 x 1W
Ports and Connectors 2 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB Type-C
1 x microSD card reader
1 x Headset jack
1 x Noble lock slot
Dimensions / Weight 302(W) x 199(D) x 7.8-11.6mm(H)
From 2.67lbs (non-touch) to 2.68lbs w/touchscreen

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  • akmittal - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    There is typo in spec chart written as i5-8520U instead of i5-8250U
  • koekkoe - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    I guess the screen is glossy? In that case, no thanks.
  • nerd1 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Non touch version is always matte
  • Manch - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    Get a matte screen overlay. Its not that serious.
  • steve230230 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    The biggest disappointment is that there's a 52Whr battery instead of the previous 60Whr :( That paired with an unnecessarily high 4k screen resolution (seriously how is 3200x1800 not high enough?) is undoubtedly going to result in much poorer battery life. I'll stick to my 2017 model.
  • skavi - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    First thing I noticed. They're doing this while Samsung brings 75Wh in a 13".
  • jospoortvliet - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Indeed fascinating they are willing to lose to Samsung on this... until 2017 they were among if not the best but it looks like Dell failed to push hard enough!
  • deepblue08 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    That's what happens to nearly all big companies, once the product starts selling well they get complacent and lazy.
  • Kevin G - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    How many displays can this thing support simultaneously? It looks like each of three Type-C connectors looks like it can send an output signal but call all be in use simultaneously? How about with the internal screen enabled as well?

    Also no Type-A connectors? I love Type-C but so much is based around Type-A that there omission right now is noteworthy.
  • erwos - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    I find myself missing having an HDMI output on my MBP way more than I do a Type-A connector. I've had to replace a few cables and swap to a Bluetooth mouse, but HDMI is the only thing I've ever NEEDED a dongle for.

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