Apple is falling behind on laptop innovation leadership. For example the entire Dell PC portfolio features Windows 10 and 7th Gen Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ Core processors, while the latest MacBook Pros are powered by 6th generation Intel Core Skylake Silicon.
Moreover, Dell has launched the XPS 13 2-in-1, its entry in the fastest-growing portable computing segment, and which it claims is the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1, featuring a 360-degree hinge for multiple productivity and viewing options, up to 15 hours battery life and a QHD+ (5.7M pixels) InfinityEdge touch display with 3200×1800 resolution and 5.7 million pixels (276 ppi). The XPS 13’s fan-less design keeps it silent and the quick-booting solid state drive has it up and running in seconds.
For business users, the XPS 13 2-in-1 can be configured with 7th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and Dell BIOS and manageability software — backed by Dell’s global ProSupport services.
The 2.7 pound XPS 13 2-in-1 is built with machined aluminum, carbon fiber, bonded Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, steel hinges wrapped in machined aluminum for stronger construction, a display up to 10 times more scratch resistant than soda lime glass and a carbon fiber palm rest that is cooler to the touch. The optional Dell Active Pen with thousands of levels of pressure sensitivity offers pro-level precision in tablet mode. The standard fingerprint reader provides password-free sign-in with Microsoft Hello.
Dell has also updated its XPS 15, claimed to be the smallest 15.6-inch laptop on the planet, with 7th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA Pascal architecture – GeForce GTX 100 graphics, and InfinityEdge display, and a fingerprint reader for password-free logins via Windows Hello with a finger swipe. This is a 15-incher closer in footprint size to a 14-inch , thanks to a bezel measuring just 5.7mm (59% thinner than the Macbook Pro).The new XPS 15 retains legacy ports and a SD card reader as well as adding a USB-C compatible Thunderbolt 3 port. While the MacBook Pro is limited to 16GB of RAM, the XPS 15 maxes out with support up to 32GB.
5 buyers also have the option of a touchscreen display, while MacBook Pro users get as a not especially convincing substitute the gimmicky Touch Bar. You can even order your XPS 15 with a hard disk drive instead of an SSD.
The XPS 15 enclosure is hewn from a single block of aluminum like the MacBook Pro, but the palm rest is made from carbon fiber, which is lighter and cooler to the touch.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is available exclusively on Dell.com and at Best Buy in the U.S. starting at $999.99
Dell XPS 15 notebook will be available on Dell.com in the U.S. later this year starting at $999.99.
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