Dell XPS 13 9305 goes global: Cheaper and lighter than the XPS 13 9310 but at a considerable screen-to-body ratio cost
The Dell XPS 13 9305 turned up on the Chinese retail site JD.com last month, and now the laptop has appeared on Dell country-specific sites such as the US and UK. On Dell US, the XPS 13 9305 starts at US$849.99 for the model with the Intel Core i3-115G4 chip, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD, while US$1,249.99 secures the top-end SKU with Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD. Shoppers in the UK get a choice between an i5-1135G7 and i7-1165G7, with various configuration options taking the XPS 13 9305 from £999.00 up to £1,399.00 (4K model).
There are a couple of differences between the new XPS 13 9310 and even newer XPS 13 9305 beyond the starting price (the Dell XPS 13 9310 starts at US$1,099.99). The cheaper variant is slightly lighter (1.16 kg non-touch vs. 1.2 kg non-touch), but more importantly, Dell has cut costs in regard to the display: The XPS 13 9305 has a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920x1080 resolution, and it offers an 80.7% screen-to-body ratio. That is certainly nothing to turn your nose up at, but the XPS 13 9310 has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920x1200 resolution (for the FHD+ model), and a much more attractive 91.5% screen-to-body ratio.
Once you learn about the display differences between the Dell XPS 13 9305 and 9310, it’s hard to ignore the considerable “chin” bezel on the cheaper model, especially when directly compared to the impressive screen of the 9310 SKU (see image below). However, offering a cheaper XPS 13 is a prudent move by Dell that gives laptop enthusiasts a less financially prohibitive entrance into the world of the very well-received XPS range. The Dell XPS 13 9305 is now available to customize and buy and free standard shipping is included with a purchase.