Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: Microsoft Surface Pro competitor introduced with optional 5G support and Intel Alder Lake processors
Dell has unveiled the XPS 13 2-in-1, a new take on the XPS 13 series on account of its 2-in-1 design. According to Dell, the device has a 7.4 mm chassis and weighs 736 g, although its XPS Folio keyboard case adds another 560 g. The XPS 13 2-in-1 supports XPS Stylus too, which magnetically attaches to the device's top edge like on Apple's iPad Pro series.
Unfortunately, the XPS Folio is optional, just like the device's active stylus and 5G modem. As Dell's marketing images show, the keyboard case allows the XPS 13 2-in-1 to be placed at one of three angles. Otherwise, you must use the XPS 13 2-in-1 as a tablet; Dell has not included a built-in kickstand, unlike the Surface Pro 8. Unfortunately, Dell has not confirmed how much the XPS Stylus or XPS Folio cost yet.
The same applies to the tablet itself, which will be available from this summer. By contrast, the company has confirmed that the XPS 13 2-in-1 will ship with a 13-inch display protected by Gorilla Glass 7 with a 2,880 x 1,920-pixel native resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Also, the tablet will be available with a choice between the Core i5-1230U and the Core i7-1250U, two 15 W processors that Dell uses in the new XPS 13 9315 too. For some reason, Dell has settled on LPDDR4x-4266 RAM for the XPS 13 2-in-1 though, not the LPDDR5-5200 RAM found in the XPS 13 9315.
Elsewhere, the XPS 13 2-in-1 will come with 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of PCIe Gen4 storage, a 49.5 Wh battery and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. Sadly, the XPS 13 2-in-1 continues Dell's trend of omitting even a 3.5 mm jack. Incidentally, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has an 11 MP rear-facing camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 0.3 MP IR camera for Windows Hello support.