Dell first revealed the Dell XPS 13 Plus at CES 2022. The 13.4-inch model is sleek and stylish, with an edge-to-edge keyboard.
The XPS 13 Plus release date is April 28, for the US and Canada markets. Discerning customers waited with bated breath ever since the company offered people a glance at the Dell XPS 13 Plus back in January.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus Specs
A futuristic-looking model, the new Dell XPS 13 Plus features a haptic touchpad and a keyboard with fingerprint reader. The backlit keyboard sits flush with the chassis, and instead of a touchpad, it has what Dell calls a “haptic ForcePad.”
The glass trackpad seamlessly blends into the keyboard deck and is easy to use. The XPS 13 Plus’ touch area is large and intuitively picks up on cues.
One of the best features of the XPS 13 Plus is that it hardly weighs 2.7 pounds and has a CNC aluminum chassis. Its dimensions are 11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches. It is available in Graphite and Platinum color options.
Processor and Camera
The Dell XPS 13 Plus specs are as powerful as they are stylish. It is powered by the Intel Core processors and is available in four options – Intel Core i5-1240P, Intel Core i7-1260P, Intel Core i7-1270P, and Intel Core i7-1280P. Along with four different CPUs, it can also accommodate 32GB of DDR5 RAM and 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage.
The integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics provides an enriching experience for gamers and content creators. It runs on the Windows 11 Home edition and Windows 11 Pro.
Touch-capacitive LED-illuminated function buttons help control brightness, volume level, and the mic. The Dell XPS 13 Plus has 4 Thunderbolt ports and ships with a USB-C to USB-A 3.0 adapter. It is a 55Whr battery that is charged by a 60W Type-C AC Adapter. Dell has not mentioned anything about how long the battery will last, but it can charge up to 80% in under an hour. Sadly, it has no headphone jack. The Dell XPS 13 Plus comes with two cameras — 720p at 30 fps HD RGB camera and a 400p at 30 fps IR camera — which help provide better image clarity while the webcam is the standard 720P.
Connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. One’s audio requirements are taken care of by quad speakers, two hidden upward-firing speakers hidden under the keyboard deck and two downward-firing, which provide high-definition audio with the Realtek ALC1319D Smart Amp. It also has dual-array microphones.
Display And Availability
The Dell XPS 13 Plus review would be incomplete without mentioning its screen specs. It is non-touch by default, and one can upgrade it to a touchscreen at the time of purchase. The edge-to-edge display has a 1920 x 1200-pixel (16:10) LED panel and can be upgraded to a 3840 x 2400 pixel OLED touchscreen with DCI-P3 color gamut coverage of 100 percent. Its security features include the Windows Hello Face, which uses a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint to grant you access, and the Fingerprint Unlock, which is embedded in the power button. The XPS 13 Plus also comes with a 12-month subscription to the McAfee LiveSafe antivirus program.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus price is around $1,299 for the Window 11 edition and goes up, with the Developer Edition running Ubuntu 20.04, starting at $1,249.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus specs bring glamor and functionality in equal power. For those looking for a laptop that is efficient and affordable, this seems to be the answer to their prayers.