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Dell XPS 13 (9370, 9380) - Overview of all the rumors, dates, configurations, and tests

The Dell XPS 13 9370 is Dell's offering for the needs of mobile power users and enthusiasts. Here you can find all the important information on the current XPS 13 2018, an overview of all the available configurations and reviews, as well as an outlook and rumors on the expected successor model.

Update 12/6/2018: The XPS 13 9380 will come to CES 2019 with a Whiskey Lake CPU.

J. Simon Leitner (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

Changelog

9/10/2018: Added information on the XPS 13 9370 and rumors of the XPS 13 9380.
12/6/2018: Added initial benchmarks of the XPS 13 9380.

Rumors, Dates, and Release

Introduced in 2012 in the context of Intel's Ultrabook initiative, Dell has continued to develop the XPS 13. With the current XPS 13 9370 model introduced in January 2018 at the CES event in Las Vegas, the notebook became slightly slimmer compared to the XPS 13 9360 predecessor. In addition, there was a white "Rose Gold" model.

The launch of new XPS models during the yearly CES in January has already become a tradition. However, we should assume that like its 9350 and 9343 predecessors, the current model will remain on the market for several years and only get internal updates (CPU, GPU, display, etc.) that will not change the exterior of the Dell laptop. So we probably should not expect a larger update before 2020, and dependent on the launch cycles from Intel, there will rather be a CPU refresh (9380) at the next CES 2019. In the course of this update, we also expect new display variants (matte, possibly HDR).

A reliable source of leaks: The Geekbench online score
A reliable source of leaks: The Geekbench online score

Update 12/6/2018: benchmarks leaked on Geekbench deepen our suspicion that Dell wants to refresh the XPS 13 at the coming CES in Las Vegas. However, aside from the new processors, there is no additional information.

The specified Geekbench values (multi-core score and single-core score) are currently the best values that we can find on the i7-8565U CPU in our database, ranging between 4 and 9% above the average of all the devices with the same CPU we have tested before. Unfortunately, since we do not have a Geekbench result for the XPS 13 9370 with the i7-8550U for direct comparison, in place of it we included the Asus Zenbook UX331UN in our comparison, which produced almost the same result as the Dell XPS 13 9370 in the Cinebench multi score. The XPS 13 9380 is able to move ahead by around 10 to 12% here. But careful: The Geekbench results reflect the performance of the CPU during load for a relatively short period of time.

Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 FHD
Intel Core i7-8565U
15336 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga S730-13IWL
Intel Core i7-8565U
14553 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (8142 - 16968, n=30)
14179 Points ∼92%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
13897 Points ∼91%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
13702 Points ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
12832 Points ∼84%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 FHD
Intel Core i7-8565U
5280 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
5210 Points ∼99%
Lenovo Yoga S730-13IWL
Intel Core i7-8565U
5114 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (2357 - 5547, n=30)
5053 Points ∼96%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
4708 Points ∼89%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
4700 Points ∼89%

While the Intel Whiskey Lake processors introduced in fall of 2018 basically correspond to the existing Kaby Lake processors in terms of their key values, they are able to achieve higher maximum Turbo speeds due to the improved manufacturing process, at least as long as sufficient cooling is ensured.  Theoretically, the i7-8565U has a clock speed of up to 4.6 GHz, with the i7-8550U reaching a maximum of 4.0 GHz in comparison.

However, there is a problem with extreme heat development of the chip, causing devices with insufficient cooling solutions to only be able to use their performance advantage for a very short time period. The XPS 13 9370 with the i7-8550 processor already had the same problem when it was only able to use the Turbo for a bit longer during the first run of the Cinebench R15 multi-loop but then dropped to a level that was around 10% lower in the following runs. In the case that Dell did not improve the cooling resources in the XPS 13, which does not seem very likely considering the extremely compact build of the laptop, the XPS 13 9380 would suffer a similar fate under load for longer time periods. In this scenario, we would not expect any significant performance increases.

XPS 13 9370 i7-8550U

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

Reports of Current Rumors

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Alex Alderson, Mon, 11 May 2020 23:14:00 +0200
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Jun 22, 2019
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May 23, 2019
Dell is remaining cautious over its plans for foldable devices. (Image source: The Verge)

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May 22, 2019
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Dell XPS 15: New generation looks set to be a minor refresh of the XPS 15 9570

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Updated | Dell is reportedly working to bring back S3 sleep to the XPS 15 9570

Jan 10, 2019
Dell XPS 15 9570 does not have a successor yet, Dell XPS 15 9580 still not in development

Dell XPS 15 9570 issues still cause of concern for owners

Sep 27, 2018
Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible successor not coming in Q1-Q2 2019 (Source: Dell)

The Dell XPS 15 9575 will not get a successor in the first half of 2019

Reviews of the Dell XPS 13

There are already numerous reviews of the Dell XPS 13 9370 online. We have also taken several looks at various models of the XPS laptop series in some extensive reviews, where for example the XPS 13 9370 was able to convince us with the 4K display, the input devices, and the battery life. As for negative points, the observed coil whine and the lack of a matte display version had to be noted. The latter was offered with the 9360 predecessor in connection with the FHD panel.

Notebookcheck Reviews

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Design and Features, Images and Videos

The most important key features of the XPS 13 9370 and its predecessors include a high screen-to-surface ratio of 80.7%, which was achieved by a particularly thin display bezel measuring only about 4 millimeters (~0.16 in). However, this caused the webcam to slip to the lower display edge, resulting in some awkward viewing angles in video-recordings. In contrast to the 9360 predecessor model, the current XPS 13 9370 series does not offer an option for a matte display. According to our information, there is supposed to be an option for a non-reflective display again in the context of the next update (XPS 13 9380).

Dell XPS 13 9370 "Silver"
Dell XPS 13 9370 "Silver"
Dell XPS 13 9370 "Rose Gold"
Dell XPS 13 9370 "Rose Gold"

Dell advertises the XPS 13 as a subnotebook with particularly high performance reserves provided by the integrated Intel Core-i quad-core processors of the U series. In terms of materials, Dell uses an aluminum unibody case in combination with elements of carbon-fiber compounds in the XPS 13.

Models and Prices

If you take a look at the Dell online shop, you can find a total of 14 different configurations (as of September 2018). In addition, there are also various versions of the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1, although this is a completely separate device. The listed models of the XPS 13 9370 differ in terms of their CPU selection, sizes of the working memory and PCIe-SSD, and the display used. Their prices range from about 1300 Euros up to 2600 Euros (~$1482 - $2963; starting at $850 in the US). In case your desired option is not listed in the Dell online store, you can also configure it individually by calling Dell's sales team. 

Available configurations

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U or Intel Core i7-8550U, possibly also an Intel Core i3-8130U in the future (only announced for the US for now)
  • RAM: 8 GB LPDDR3 with 1866 MHz or 16 GB LPDDR3 with 2133 MHz
  • SSD: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB PCIe-SSD
  • Display: InfinityEdge display, 13.3 in, FHD (1920x1080) or InfinityEdge touch display, 13.3 in, 4K, Ultra HD (3840x2160)
  • OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit), Ubuntu Linux 18.04, or Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) when ordering from the business store
  • Warranty: Up to four years of Premium Support Plus with onsite service

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J. Simon Leitner, 2018-12- 6 (Update: 2018-12- 6)
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