Dell unveils XPS 13 Ultrabook, the most compact 13-incher yet

Dell maybe late in announcing their Ultrabook but we’ll give them a pass for coming up with the most compact 13-inch in the market.

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 is the company’s first Ultrabook and it features an edge-to-edge glass, near “œframeless” display making it the most compact 13.3-inch Ultrabook yet. It’s like having a 13-inch display on an 11-inch laptop’s form factor.

Foregoing the typical aluminum base (lid is aluminum though) other laptops are using, Dell went with a carbon fiber composite base that offers a premium look, lightweight at just under 3 lbs and cooler to the touch than aluminum.

Dell XPS 13

Other specs include an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, integrated Intel graphics, up to 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM and a 6-cell battery that Dells claims can deliver close to 9 hours of battery life. There’s no HDMI port here nor a memory card slot which can be quite a dealbreaker unless it’s going to be used in a corporate environment.

The Dell XPS 13 will be available in select geographies around the world in March 2012 with a starting price of $999 which seems to be the average price of premium Ultrabooks.

Dell XPS 13 Specs:
Ultrathin laptop (0.24-0.71″/6-18mm)
Precision machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base
Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M processor choices
13.3″ HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass
Intel HD 3000 video graphics
4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz memory
128 GB SSD or 256GB SSD drive options
Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard
Glass integrated button touchpad with multi-gesture support
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N 
Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
High definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4
Built-in 47WHr 6-cell battery offering up to eight hours, fifty-three minutes of battery life; 45W AC adaptor
USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1), mini Display-Port, and headset jack
Built-in 1.3MP webcam with dual array digital microphones
Weight: starting at 2.99lbs (1.36 kg)
Price: Starts at $999
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  • Marc

    Again without a Memory Card slot.. I mean I can live without an HDMI port, but a memory card slot? even in my corporate environment, we take pics of things to link to databases and audits.. sure, we can always use a USB card reader, but come on.. The HP Spectre has a card reader built in..

    This and the Lenovo U300s.. if it weren’t for that little niggle I wouldn’t think twice about requisitioning for either one of these..

    • JmBalicano

      It’s like their forgoing a lot of those essentials that mobile warriors need just for the sake of getting things as thin and light as possible.

      • Griswold

        i dont think it’s too much of a sacrifice in space if you want to include a card reader. i think calvin is right here that they’re thinking what office employees don’t need, that’s the card reader and hdmi port.

        but i hope they will make a similar version for consumers which has those two missing ports.