CES if the traditional time for Dell to update its Dell XPS 13 design (Model 9380 this time), and we got eyes on it. At first glance, it looks very much like the XPS 13 we’re all familiar with by now.
However, the small black dot at the top of the screen shows that Dell has fixed the main complaint about the design: the webcam location. Thanks to a tiny 2.25mm webcam, there’s now enough room for it at the top, which is arguably the best location.
Dell says that the webcam quality is higher so we might have to put it to the test and see where it stands. Laptop webcams are usually much lower-quality than even affordable phone selfie cameras, so we know there’s ample room for improvements.
The LCD display looks great, and Dell has confirmed that the color coverage is 100% of the sRGB gamut. That’s the norm at this price point, and we know exactly what to expect from previous reviews. There’s a 4K panel option (along with 1080p) as well for users who want super-sharp graphics.
The 2019 version has new colors: Artic White (inside) / Frost Silver (outside). This shade of white is “whiter” than last year’s. The Rose Gold and Carbon inside surface will remain available, so it’s a small change to keep things interesting.
Inside, Dell is updating the CPU to Intel’s latest Whisky-Lake CPU architecture, which is slightly more power-efficient. On that note, Dell is claiming a 20 hrs maximum battery life, and we assume that this is a video playback test at modest brightness, which is the best-case scenario.
- CPU: Core i3-8145U to Core i7-8565U
- OS: Windows 10 Home/Pro, Ubuntu 18.04
- RAM: 4GB-16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
- Display: 13.3” Non-touch FHD, Touch FHD, Touch 4K. 100$ sRGB, Dolby Vision 400
- Storage: 128 PCIe x2 to 2018GB PCIe x4 SSD
- Battery: 52Wh, 45W charger
- Size: 302 x 199x 7.8-11.6mm for 2.7 Lbs
- Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-A 3.1, microSD reader, security slot