With Intel’s launch of its latest batch of processors – the 11th Generation Tiger Lake family – system makers are starting to announce new laptops updated to take advantage of the increased performance and improved integrated graphics. Iris Xe. Like Dell, which has just announced an update to its range of XPS 13 laptops, which will now integrate Intel’s Tiger Lake processors.
Something to satisfy a large audience as the popularity of this range and its variants – the XPS 13 2-in-1 and the XPS 13 Developer Edition equipped with Linux – is unmistakable among the general public, well helped by the characteristics ultra-portable devices from Dell.
Thanks to updated LPDDR4 RAM (8 to 32 GB for the XPS), the Iris Xe enjoys a substantial increase over previous Intel integrated GPUs, while the 10 nanometer CPUs allow for get more performance from each core without reducing battery life. New XPS configurations will come with i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7, or i7-1165G7 cores, the latter being quad-core chips.
A substantial update
Dell is also taking the opportunity to refine the design of its XPS line by adding new components. The screen has been improved to reduce the size of the bezel, which has improved the screen-to-body ratio to 91.5%, while the keyboard and touchpad have increased in size. The 13.4-inch display is available in 1080p HD or 4K resolution, with the XPS 13 2-in-1 obviously having touch functionality as standard, although it is available as an option for XPS 13 clamshell models.
As a reminder, Intel’s Tiger Lake processor emphasizes support for Thunderbolt 4 and its new XPS models include a pair of these ports, which can power external devices and provide DisplayPort capabilities with a throughput of 40 Gb / s. Dell also offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity as a networking option. Its storage options are based on PCIe hard drives with a capacity ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB. Dell claims a battery life of almost 19 hours for the XPS 13 and Developer edition, while it only mentions the “long battery life” for the new XPS 2 in 1.
Dell has long supported the cause of open-source Linux through the XPS Developer Editions among others, and with its latest refresh, it updated the XPS 13 Developer Edition to be the first Tiger Lake laptop to have Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed. -installed. Even if you buy an XPS 13, Dell has made an effort to make it easy to add Linux to work with Windows or replace it completely.