Dell’s new XPS 13 Plus is now available starting at $1,299

Dell has announced that the bold XPS 13 Plus that it debuted at CES 2022 is now available for purchase. It starts at $1,299, and while Dell hasn’t detailed the exact specs for this configuration, it will likely get the lower specs listed in a spec sheet shared by the company. These include a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 16:10 aspect ratio display with 500 nits peak brightness, 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P processor (28W, 12 cores, 4.4 boost clock GHz), 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM clocked at 5200 MHz and a 256 GB SSD.

Each model includes a 60W USB-C power adapter and has two Thunderbolt 4 ports (but no headphone jack), a Windows Hello 720p webcam, as well as a fingerprint reader integrated into the touch button. food.

As we noted at CES, this new version of the XPS 13 has a more futuristic design than Dell’s standard model. The most notable differences include the Plus’ Touch Bar-like row of backlit function keys, as well as the keyboard, which sits flush with the chassis. Finally, there’s the new trackpad which is invisible to the eye but takes up a similar (if not slightly larger) amount of space in the middle of the glass-covered palm rest. And instead of physically clicking, the trackpad hardware emulates the click with haptic feedback, like Apple’s recent laptops.

It certainly looks nice, but we’ll have to see in the full review if the new keyboard and trackpad are actually fun to use.

While Dell hasn’t shared pricing information for other configurations, you’ll be able to upgrade the XPS 13 Plus at the time of purchase to either a 1080p touchscreen (it’s non-touch by default) or a 4K touch screen. The most premium display option is a 3.5K (3456 x 2160) Gorilla Glass 7 covered OLED touchscreen with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage.

In terms of processing power, Dell can go up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1280P with 14 cores, along with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. Oh, and one last thing: there will be a developer edition of the XPS 13 Plus that will ship with Ubuntu 20.04, and it will cost $1,249.99.

We look forward to testing the XPS 13 Plus soon. As my colleague Monica Chin wrote in January, we’re cautiously optimistic that all these cosmetic changes won’t stop it from being a good machine. But stay tuned for the full review to find out.

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