Dell has unveiled a trio of ultra-thin XPS systems aimed at mobile professionals, including a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/laptop with a 4K display that could prove a rival to Microsoft's new Surface devices.
The new XPS portfolio comprises an updated version of the XPS 13 that Dell launched at the start of this year, a new XPS 15 and the XPS 12, a hybrid model designed as a tablet with a keyboard dock to enable it to be used like a laptop.
All three are based on Intel's Skylake 6th-generation Core processor family, with high resolution screens including an optional 4K display on some models, ample memory sizes and high capacity solid state drive options, and all are designed for Windows 10.
Paul Craddock, Dell's field marketing manager for client solutions in the UK, told V3 that the XPS range is aimed at "prosumers", or highly mobile professional users who want a lightweight but powerful system for use on the move, without compromising on style or battery life.
This positions the XPS laptops up against Apple's MacBook Air models, while the XPS 12 is a potential rival for Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 4 tablet. However, the XPS 13 is also going up against the newly announced Surface Book.
The XPS 12 (above) is the only 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid to support a 12.5in 4K resolution touchscreen, according to Dell. It is based on an Intel Core M processor and optionally features an Intel RealSense camera to support tools such as Windows Hello.
As a hybrid, the XPS 12 features a keyboard dock that holds the screen at an angle so it can be used like a laptop. The keyboard is a passive device powered from the tablet, with no supplemental I/O ports or battery of its own.
Notable features include a USB Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3 as well as adapters for HDMI/VGA/Ethernet ports and standard USB devices.
However, the XPS 12 is not due to ship until January, so some details are not yet known, such as its price and battery life.
The new XPS 13 (above), meanwhile, is touted by Dell as still being "the smallest 13in laptop available", fitting a 13in display into an 11in device form factor thanks to the edge-to-edge display.
This will be offered with the display options of a QHD (2560x1440) touchscreen or a Full HD (1920x1080) non-touch display.
Specifications include 16GB of memory at launch with 32GB coming later, plus a 1TB SSD and Thunderbolt 3.
The XPS 13 is claimed by Dell to have a battery life of up to 18 hours, with prices starting at £849.
Finally, the updated XPS 15 (above) now has the option of an edge-to-edge display, again with a choice of screen options: 4K (3840x2160) with touch or Full HD (1920x1080) non-touch.
The XPS 15 likewise comes with 16GB memory at first, with 32GB coming later, and storage options including a 1TB SSD or a hybrid arrangement with a 500GB or 1TB hard drive combined with 32GB Flash.
It can also be configured with a discrete Nvidia GeForce 960M graphics accelerator for improved performance. Pricing for the XPS 15 starts at £1,049.
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