Dell performed big at CES 2018, proclaiming a new variant of Dell XPS 13, as well as its primary XPS 15 2-in-1. Both are molding up to be great laptops, and they accomplish the goal of coupling performance with portability by use of superior design and materials, including Gore fabric. We talked with Dell’s Justin Lyles, vice president of consumer design, who led us through the company’s decision-making process. That involves the release of a white chassis that is not just a different color but also built from diverse materials than the black, carbon-fiber model.

New hardware was the center for Dell at this year’s presentation, but it wasn’t the company’s only brand-new product or feature. It also needs to better how your computer runs alongside your smartphone. To that end, it rolled out Dell Mobile Connect; an application that can present contacts and apps from your Android or iOS device. It can even get text messages or phone calls from your device, linking them through the laptop’s microphone.

Specs Of Dell XPS 13

The XPS 13 (9370) is powered by choice between an 8th-generation Intel quad-core i5 or i7 processor; runs Microsoft Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04; features Intel UHD Graphics 620, and has a 3,840×2,160 13.3-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge touch display.

The Dell XPS 13 also arrives kitted out with a 52Wh battery; edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 4; two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB-C 3.1 port, and a microSD card reader; an optional Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader in the power button; 802.11ac wireless with optional vPro functionality, and Bluetooth 4.1, as well as Miracast capability; an option of LPDDR3 4GB-8GB dual-channel SDRAM at 1866MHz or 16GB dual-channel SDRAM at 2133MHz on-board; and GORE Thermal Insulation to increase performance by migrating heat out of the device to maintain temperatures down.

Storage options include 128GB SATA, 256GB PCIe, 512GB PCIe, or 1TB PCIe SSD, while docking options include the 130W Dell Dock or the 180W Dell Thunderbolt Dock.

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It’s a different level of integration for a Windows PC, one that appeared as a surprise. Orin Inditzky, Dell’s director of product management for software innovation, led us through how the feature worked and explained the company’s plan process when placing it together.

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