PC MAKER Dell has kicked off CES with the unveiling of the XPS 13 2-in-1, setting its sights firmly on Lenovo's Yoga range and Microsoft's Surface Book.
The Dell XPS 13 (2017) is the company's first convertible XPS device, and like Lenovo's Yoga line-up, offers four usable modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. The laptop offers two display options: a 13.3in 1,920x1,080 touchscreen or a 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen, both which offer support for Dell's Active Pen stylus.
Setting it apart from the crowded convertible market, Dell claims its new XPS 13 is the "smallest 13in 2-in-1 device on the planet", boasting that it's 40 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the Surface Book.
Under the hood, the Dell XPS 13 (2017) offers Intel Kaby Lake internals, available in 3.2Ghz Core i5 and 3.6GHz Core i7 variants. There's a choice of either 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD storage. All models come with a 46Whr battery inside, which Dell says will last around 15 hours on a single charge.
The laptop runs Windows 10 and comes with support for Microsoft's Windows Hello facial recognition authentication thanks to its baked in HD webcam.
As for ports, the laptop offers two USB-C ports, Thunderbolt 3, a microSD card reader, display port connector and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Like Apple's newest MacBooks, there's no traditional USB Type-A port on the XPS 13, but Dell will bundle in an adaptor.
The Dell XPS 13 convertible will be available in the US from 5 January priced from $999. UK availability has not yet been announced, but we've asked Dell for more information. µ
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