A little over a week ago, the international exhibition Consumer Electronics Show 2020 ended. For manufacturers of computers and computer equipment (that is, for us too) – this is the main event of the year. Of course, the company had little to say about upcoming keyboards, but it presented equally interesting news on laptops.
Dell XPS 13 9300: compact flagship ultrabook with Ice Lake
Of course, at the Dell booth at CES 2020, the latest version of our flagship ultrabook XPS 13 could not be missing. The current model of 2020 received the index 9300 and is notable for a rather impressive list of differences from the XPS 13 7390 presented in 2019, which we talked about recently. A shortlist of key changes looks like this:
- Screen with an aspect ratio of 16:10 (it used to be 16: 9)
- The frames are practically absent, not only on the left and on the right, but also the bottom. The logo also disappeared from there.
- The size of the touchpad has increased
- The power button, as before, is combined with the fingerprint scanner, but now it is built into several F-keys
- The number of Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) connectors decreased from three to two
The choice of displays will remain the same as before: Full HD with or without touch input support, or a 4K touch panel. As for color reproduction, everything will be at least no worse than before: that is, laptops are suitable for quite serious work with graphics. And, yes, the Developer Edition of the new XPS 13 will also be, with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preinstalled.
Dell also claims support for Latitude 9510 5G networks (apparently in some versions), battery life of up to 30 hours and high-quality speakerphone. The company promises some new AI-based Dell Optimizer software technology that learns the user’s preferences and adapts to his habits, reducing delays, increasing the speed of launching applications, reducing power consumption and so on. Judging by the image, the device may also include a digital pen.
At the same time, the company is preparing the launch of the XPS 13 Developer Edition – a special version of the same laptop, released with an eye on the developer community and equipped with a pre-installed build platform Ubuntu. This is the 10th generation of such systems and a key proposal in the Project Sputnik project portfolio, which launched seven years ago to create products that take into account the needs of developers.
Dell also introduced the Cinema Guide application, which will be installed on its PC. This is a single store streaming offers that allows you to quickly find movies and TV shows in different streaming services. About 200 services are supported and a personalized search is offered.