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Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 rivals the Surface Pro | Digital Trends Spanish


Dell is giving its XPS 13 2-in-1 a new redesign. The new 2022 model, which will arrive this summer, combines the iPadPro Y Surface Pro 8with a detachable keyboard and a beautiful new square look.

This new all-aluminum XPS 13 2-in-1 ditches the old convertible laptop look for a new 2-in-1 tablet form factor. Dell mentions that it is “designed to blur the line between work and learning and life.” It also “puts entertainment and productivity first” and is the first XPS model with optional 5G connectivity (only on “Slate” color model).

The newest XPS features a magnetically attachable folio keyboard, which can also be folded into a stand to turn the device into a laptop (but will be sold separately). That keyboard has a microfiber lining to protect the device during travel. The folio keyboard sets it apart from the Surface Pro, which has its own built-in kickstand.

That folio keyboard is also what can tilt the screen to 100, 112.5 or 125 degrees. As for the trackpad, it’s quite sized, paired with an edge-to-edge zero-lattice backlit keyboard with large keys and 1mm of travel, reminiscent of the XPS 13 Plus.

The screen, meanwhile, needs to be quite expansive and immersive. Dell uses a 3:2 aspect ratio 13-inch 3K resolution panel with 2880 x 1920 resolution, with a maximum brightness of 500 nits. It’s very different from the 16:10 seen on the XPS 13 Plus (and the standard XPS model), with 3:2 being better for multimedia consumption.

At the top of the screen is a 5-megapixel webcam, a huge plus at a time when most laptops are still stuck on 720p webcams. You’ll also find an 11-megapixel 4K webcam on the rear for capturing documents and other world-facing objects.

The screen is even supported by a new Dell XPS Stylus, which attaches magnetically to the top of the tablet to recharge it with up to 50 days of battery life. However, unlike the Surface Pen and other stylus options, this one has a reversible design for both left-handed and right-handed use. It comes with 4,096 points of pressure sensitivity and has tilt functionality, but it will be sold separately.

Powering the XPS 13 2-in-1 is Intel’s 12th generation U-series CPU. That includes configurations with the Core i5-1230U or Core i7-1250U. Memory options are for 8GB or 16GB, and storage options include 256GB, 512GB, or a 1TB SSD.

Onboard ports are limited to two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. Dell includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box, as well as a headphone adapter, as there’s no headphone jack included.

Dell didn’t share pricing details on the new XPS 13 2-in-1. It’s scheduled for a summer 2022 release, and Dell promises a price closer to availability will be confirmed.

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