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Dell Announces New XPS 13 Ultrabook, Starting at $999 (Update)

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

While it may be a little later than its rivals, Dell has finally arrived at the Ultrabook party with its new XPS 13 notebook. As the name suggests, the device sports a 13-inch display and weighs in at a whisker under three pounds. It has a wedge-shaped profile similar to that of other popular ultraportables, measuring 18mm at its thickest point, tapering to just 6mm.

While it features an aluminum lid, the rest of the XPS 13 is crafted from carbon fiber, which means it should be pretty robust. While it does feature a 13-inch display, Engadget reports that its bezel is so thin that Dell has managed to cram it all into a the body of a 12-inch machine, making it one of the most compact Ultrabooks currently available.

So what’s inside this miniature machine? Well, the entry-level XPS 13 will offer an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a backlit keyboard. There’s also a 128GB solid-state drive for super snappy load times. If that’s not quite enough for you, you can choose to upgrade to a 256GB SSD and a Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor. If you want an Ivy Bridge CPU, however, you’ll have to hold onto your cash until the XPS 13 is refreshed later this year.

Under the hood you’ll also find a 1366 x 768 Gorilla Glass display, Intel HD 3000 graphics, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 47Wh battery offering up to eight hours of use in between charges.

The XPS 13 will be available towards the end of February, starting at $999.

Will Dell’s new Ultrabook persuade you to part with your cash?

(Update) Dell just hit us up with a link to reserve.  More info here.

[via Engadget]

Killian Bell

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