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CES 2022: XPS 13 reinvented

Dell has refreshed its XPS design with the new XPS 13 Plus. DONNIE OLIPHANT, senior director of XPS Product Marketing at Dell Technologies, unpacks all the design improvements.

Modern and stylish, yet approachable and efficient – simple and intentional are the new definition of premium. Redesigned from the ground up with more performance than ever before, the XPS 13 Plus makes it so users can do everything they love to do in style.

While beautiful designs and powerful technology innovations are crucial, there’s so much more beneath the surface. And when it comes to creating a new world, a better tomorrow or whatever it is a user loves to do, there’s no better companion than the XPS 13 Plus.

Meet the new XPS 13 Plus

The XPS 13 Plus houses12th Gen Intel Core 28W processor (up from 15W on the prior gen), supported by larger fans that provide 55% better airflow without increasing noise or temperature

Performance, design and packaging; from top to bottom, we’ve stripped away the unnecessary and streamlined features to deliver a complete, seamless experience. Simplified interiors make one’s creative experience the focus, with best-in-class edge-to-edge displays that bring visions to life. Additionally, leading battery technology makes sure users can go the distance without disruptions. And with Express Charge 2.0 that gets the laptop to about 80% battery life in less than an hour, so one can quickly juice up on the fly. Oh, and did we mention it’s just as light and thin? More power, without weighing users down.

Distraction-free, beautifully clean design

Capacitive touch function row, seamless glass touchpad with haptics and zero-lattice keyboard maximize user interfaces for a streamlined interior design

The XPS 13 Plus is designed to be minimalist and modern. The sleek keyboard, function row, touchpad and palm rest deliver a clean, iconic appearance that is light to the touch and complemented by curved, comfy edges throughout. There’s no wasted space – the modern, edge-to-edge interfaces simplify the overall design to deliver a clean, harmonious surface.

The XPS 13 Plus is available in timeless colours, a light (Platinum) and dark (Graphite) with an enhanced surface finish that is premium and serene. We’ve eliminated distractions by creating cohesive tone-on-tone design details for a unified appearance. The overall experience is a modern aesthetic that is intentionally crafted to emanate the pinnacle of simplicity.

Now let’s talk about how it feels. Designed with larger keycaps (also known as zero-lattice), the keyboard is comfortable, smooth and efficient with every keystroke. The top row of the keyboard is now cleaner, thanks to a new capacitive touch experience that allows users to switch between media and function keys. And speaking of clean and simplified, the traditional trackpad has been replaced by a seamless glass touchpad that provides haptic responses to the touch.

Heightened senses for heightened creativity

Up to 4K+ resolution or vivid true-to-life colour on an OLED display with Eyesafe that reduces harmful blue light and an improved quad-speaker design

Senses drive the creative process and we’ve enhanced both sight and sound in the new XPS 13 Plus. Our pioneering 4-sided InfinityEdge display continues to deliver a virtually borderless viewing experience and we reduced the number of layers from the display screen to improve clarity and reduce weight. And when it comes to creating content or consuming the content, enjoy louder sound and broad dynamic range with an improved quad-speaker design. Two up-firing speakers are hidden underneath the keyboard, while down-firing speakers are on the base, resulting in incredible sound for music, movies and conferencing.

Mindful manufacturing and packaging

Our mindful minimalist approach extends beyond design to encompass both production and packaging processes. We’ve created a simpler, more efficient manufacturing process that honours our longstanding commitment to being kind to the environment. By removing steps and reducing finishes and materials – but elevating the ones that remain – we’ve decreased scrapped parts and our overall carbon footprint. All-new packaging is made from 100% sustainably sourced or renewable materials with paper documentation that increases its recyclability.

Collaborative and Visual Experience

With the world more digital than ever before, the right collaboration tools are key. That’s why we continue to invest in the ecosystem around the PC. Check out this newly crowned CES Innovation Award Honoree – the new Dell UltraSharp 32 4K Video Conferencing Monitor. Featuring our category-defining UltraSharp Webcam, echo cancelling dual-array microphones and 14W speakers, this monitor provides the best collaboration and visual experience possible, making it feel like users are there in person.

Groundbreaking IPS Black technology and VESA DisplayHDR 400 lets one view content in greater detail with 4K resolution, contrast and colour – while ComfortView Plus reduces harmful blue-light emissions and retains colour accuracy.

Then there are the video conferencing capabilities. The new UltraSharp is certified for Microsoft Teams and comes with privacy and productivity features – letting users toggle mute, enable/disable the camera with SafeShutter and quickly sign in and out.

And it looks great too! The sophisticated design with its platinum silver finish complements both home and office spaces. The aesthetics are kept clean to conceal all visible mess without compromising its functionality, and its extensive ports and connectivity options allow users to transform the monitor into a productivity hub.

Pricing and availability

  • XPS 13 Plus available worldwide Spring 2022, with Windows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04 on the Developer Edition. Pricing to be confirmed nearer to shipping date.
  • Dell UltraSharp 32 4K Video Conferencing Monitor (U3223QZ) is available worldwide on 29 March. Pricing to be confirmed nearer to shipping date.
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