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CES 2020 | Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable

Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable
Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable
It will also be a hair lighter and smaller by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, when compared to the last generation design while sporting the same chassis materials for that familiar look and feel.

Dell just announced a direct successor to the XPS 13 7390 and it will be called the XPS 13 9300. The new model will bring a handful of major changes including the jump from Comet Lake-U to Ice Lake, 16:9 display aspect ratio to 16:10, and the return of Iris Plus graphics after being AWOL for the past 3 years. Even the XPS logo has been revamped to be slimmer and almost Playstation-like for a more "modern" look according to Dell.

Fortunately for tinkerers, cracking open the bottom panel is just as easy as before and with a new surprise: the SSD is now easily upgradeable if so desired unlike on the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 or last generation 7390 clamshell. Dell says the move was partly inspired by the vocal user base and also for easier in-house servicing should any be required. RAM, however, remains soldered as that is a prerequisite for using the more efficient LPDDR4 modules instead of standard DDR4. In turn, maximum RAM can now be configured up to 32 GB instead of 16 GB on the older XPS 13 7390.

Interestingly, Dell decided not to integrate the MagLev keys of the XPS 15 9575 or XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 due to "user feedback".

The XPS 13 9300 will begin shipping in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Sweden on January 7 for a starting price of $999 with the rest of the world to follow on February 4.

Official XPS 13 9300 specifications (Source: Dell)
Official XPS 13 9300 specifications (Source: Dell)
Old XPS logo uses bolder font
Old XPS logo uses bolder font
New XPS logo is slimmer and reminiscent of the Playstation font
New XPS logo is slimmer and reminiscent of the Playstation font
2019 XPS 13 (left) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (right)
2019 XPS 13 (left) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (right)
2019 XPS 13 (left) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (right)
2019 XPS 13 (left) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (right)
Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports much like on the Huawei MateBook X Pro
Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports much like on the Huawei MateBook X Pro
Same keyboard layout as the XPS 13 7390 except for the re-positioned Power button
Same keyboard layout as the XPS 13 7390 except for the re-positioned Power button
The new clickpad is slightly wider than on the XPS 13 7390
The new clickpad is slightly wider than on the XPS 13 7390
Traditional membrane-based keys instead of MagLev
Traditional membrane-based keys instead of MagLev
New fingerprint-enabled Power button
New fingerprint-enabled Power button
Same black carbon fiber or white fiberglass options as the last generation XPS 13
Same black carbon fiber or white fiberglass options as the last generation XPS 13
2019 XPS 13 (left) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (right). Note the narrower "chin" bezel
2019 XPS 13 (left) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (right). Note the narrower "chin" bezel
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top). The newer design uses more metal around the edges and corners
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top). The newer design uses more metal around the edges and corners
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top). Note the re-positioned ports
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top). Note the re-positioned ports
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top). The newer design has speaker grilles along the side edges
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top). The newer design has speaker grilles along the side edges
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top)
2019 XPS 13 (bottom) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (top)
2019 XPS 13 (right) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (left). Note the more prevalent use of metal on the newer model
2019 XPS 13 (right) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (left). Note the more prevalent use of metal on the newer model
2019 XPS 13 (right) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (left)
2019 XPS 13 (right) vs. 2020 XPS 13 (left)
Same familiar overall design and surface textures as the older XPS models
Same familiar overall design and surface textures as the older XPS models
Included accessories. The packaging consists of recycled materials
Included accessories. The packaging consists of recycled materials
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Allen Ngo, 2020-01- 2 (Update: 2019-12-31)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.