Dell XPS 13 9315 Design and Aesthetics
The new XPS 13 9315 continues the legacy of the XPS 9301 with its streamlined design and updated internals. The new 13-inch laptop measures 11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 inches and weighs just 1.17 kg, making it one of the lightest and thinnest 13-inch notebooks. The motherboard in the XPS 13 9315 is 1.8x smaller than that of our previous XPS 13 (2021). Dell said it is the smallest motherboard ever made to fit a Dell PC.
While the design is similar to the 9310 model, it looks more polished and modern. The modern aesthetic comes at the cost of the 3.5mm audio jack and microSD card reader.
Dell XPS 13 9315 – No OLED but 4K IPS with Dolby Vision
It’s disappointing that Dell ditched the OLED screen and shipped the new XPS 13 with a 4K IPS panel, but it makes bold claims about the screen’s brightness and vibrancy. The 13.4-inch IPS panel has a 16:10 aspect ratio. It supports Dolby Vision and comes in two resolutions: 1920×1200 (FHD+) with 500 nits and 3840×2400 (UHD+) with 500 nits and HDR 400 support.
For audio, the new XPS 13 is equipped with stereo speakers, 4W output, MaxxAudio Pro, Waves Nx 3D and dual microphones. The 13-inch laptop is powered by 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1230U and i7-1250U CPUs and will be available with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5-5200 and 256GB, 512GB, 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD options.
The 13-inch notebook has a 720p camera with an ambient light sensor and a human presence detection mode. It has a fingerprint reader, an IR camera and is backed by a 51 Wh battery cell. Dell claims up to 12 hours of battery life on the XPS 13 9315. Constructed from tinted, CNC-machined aluminum, the XPS 15 9315 is available in two colors: Sky and Umber.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Hybrid
The XPS 13 2-In-1 is a hybrid PC with a tablet unit and a detachable keyboard. It was built primarily to provide the flexibility that today’s mobile PC users demand. According to Dell, the new XPS 13 2-in-1 enables an effortless transition between streaming, working, creating and sharing content and connecting to devices on the go. The hybrid XPS 13 offers 5G connectivity and also features eSIM technology.
To use the hybrid in laptop mode, you need to attach the magnetic XPS Folio. The accessory supports three angle adjustments (100°, 112.5° and 125°) for flexibility and comfort. Dell also unveiled the XPS Stylus for the hybrid, which attaches magnetically to the top for charging, and can provide up to 50 days of battery life. Both the XPS Folio and Stylus are sold separately.
The tablet unit sports a 2880×1920 (3K) touchscreen display with 500 nits of peak brightness and HDR 400 support. The panel supports 100% sRGB, AR and pen support and features a 1080p webcam on the front. The back of the tablet unit has a 4K camera.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 comes in two connectivity options, WiFi 6E as standard or 5G with WiFi 6E. The standard WiFi 6E model is made from machined aluminum and will be available in blue sky color. The back of the 5G model is made of Gorilla Glass 7 to improve connectivity and reduce signal interference. The hybrid XPS 13 is available in a dark Slate shade.
Dell XPS 13 9315 and XPS 13 2-in-1 Pricing and Availability
Dell India has not confirmed pricing and availability of the new XPS models for the Indian market, but we’ll be hearing from the PC maker soon. In terms of pricing in its domestic market, the Dell XPS 13 starts at $999 which roughly translates to Rs. 78,000 INR. The XPS 13 Developer Edition is available in two variants and costs $949 and $1,199.
These models are now available in the US and Canada, running Windows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04 respectively. The XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available in the coming months and the price will be confirmed closer to the availability date.