Dell has announced its latest-generation XPS 13 laptop based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core "Comet Lake" processors. Initially, Dell’s new 13.3-inch notebooks will come with quad-core CPUs, but starting from October the company will also offer the laptop with Intel's top-end hex core model.

Being one of the most popular 13.3-inch notebooks on the market, the XPS 13 has a long history of evolution. The 2019 XPS 13 model 7390 has been completely redesigned both inside and outside. The new machines come in a CNC-machined aluminum chassis with a carbon fiber composite or woven glass fiber palm rest, so they look considerably different than their predecessors. Among other things, key peculiarities of the new XPS 13 are its thickness and low weight. The PCs feature a 7.8 – 11.6 mm z-height and weight of around 1.16 – 1.23 kilograms depending on the model, so the new laptops are among the thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch notebooks on the market.

The new XPS 13 latops are equipped with a 13.3-inch LCD panel with thin InfinityEdge bezels as well as an 80.7% screen to body ratio. The display panels feature a 1920×1080 or 3840×2160 resolution, 400 nits brightness, a 1500:1 contrast ratio as well as Dolby Vision support on select SKUs.

The latest Dell XPS 13 computers are based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 Comet Lake-U processors. The CPUs are cooled down using a brand-new cooling system that relies on two fans, an ultra-thin vapor chamber, and GORE thermal insulation to ensure stable performance even under high loads.

The XPS 13 systems can be equipped with up to 16 GB of soldered-down DRAM as well as a PCIe SSD up to 2TB in size. When it comes to connectivity, the XPS 13 7390-series features a Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5 controller, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card reader, a 3.5-mm jack for headsets, and other options. As for multimedia multimedia capabilities, the new laptop has two 2 W speakers co-designed with Waves MaxxAudio, a far-field Cortana-capable microphone array, and a newly designed 2.25-mm 720p webcam located on top of the display lid.

Dell says that the XPS 13 notebook is equipped with a 52 Wh battery that can enable operation for up to 19 hours on one charge (based on the Mobile Mark 2014 benchmark), but the real-world battery life is something that remains to be seen.

When it comes to availability, Dell’s new XPS 13 with quad-core CPUs will be available starting August 27 at $899.99.

Specifications of the Dell XPS 13 7390
  General Specifications
LCD Diagonal 13.3-inch
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 1500:1 1500:1
Color Gamut 100% sRGB 100% sRGB
Features Dolby Vision Dolby Vision
Touch Support with or without touch Yes
Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4
CPU  Intel’s 10th Gen Core i3
 Intel’s 10th Gen Core i5
 Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7
Graphics Intel's UHD Graphics
RAM 4 - 16 GB LPDDR3 DRAM (onboard)
Storage 128 GB PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD
256 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
2 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
Wireless Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 (based on Intel's silicon)
USB 3.1 2 × TB 3/USB Gen 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3.0 -
Thunderbolt 2 × TB 3 (for data, charging, DP displays)
Cameras Front 720p HD webcam
Other I/O Microphone, 2 stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 52 Wh
Dimensions Width 302 mm | 11.9 inches
  Depth 199 mm | 7.8 inches
  Thickness 7.8 - 11.6 mm | 0.3 - 0.46 inches
Weight non-touch 1.16 kilograms | 2.6 pounds
touch-enabled 1.23 kilograms | 2.7 pounds
Launch Price Starting at $899

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  • evilspoons - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    That port looks like a USB Type-C with a DisplayPort symbol next to it.
  • brakdoo - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    The CPUs don't have the analog parts of wifi integrated. You still need a cnvicard that is only one dollar cheaper than the m.2 PCIe card (digital+analog). The cnvi isn't even smaller...
  • jeremyshaw - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    The XPS 13, if it's anything like the last two generations of XPS13, is not using a "M.2 card," rather a specific M.2 miniaturized form factor that is smaller than any commercial M.2 card. It is also soldered to the board. AFAIK, no non-CNVi solution has a footprint that small.
  • brakdoo - Thursday, August 22, 2019 - link

    I tell you how it is but you go AFAIK...

    Just visit ark:

    Both are also available as M.2 1216 (real standard M.2 soldered down, so technically not a card but still official M.2 ;)).

    Notebookcheck has shown the same BS with pics of AC 9560 and AC 9260 (both also available as M.2 1216).

    So once again: Integrated WiFi is just a marketing stunt from Intel.

    Anandtech is not making that clear enough. They are just showing Intel's promotional presentations. The user doesn't benefit at all. Who cares whether the digital part is inside the southbridge or inside M.2 (of whatever size)???
  • Jorgp2 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Pretty sure the WiFi 6 killer cards are just firmware modified Intel cards.
  • hanselltc - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Maybe you wanna put "Comet Lake" in the spec sheet. 10th Gen naming is *very* confusing, that would make it a bit easier.
  • ajp_anton - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Yeah, Anandtech have already complained about the vague and confusing marketing from Intel, so it's not helping when they themselves aren't being clear on what is being used.
  • NICOXIS - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Comet Lake instead of Ice Lake?? Seems Dell is really confident in Intel's new 10nm chips lol
  • GreenReaper - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Or... they just put the next available CPUs into their pre-planned designs. Which explains why it doesn't actually use most of the new features.
  • jonneymendoza - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    Does this come with the Iris Pro iGPU? this offers similar performance to a mx250. also are we going to see 32gb ram now?

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