Dell XPS 13 with hexa-core Core i7-10710U now shipping
As promised, Dell is now shipping its late 2019 XPS 13 with Intel’s 10th gen Core i7-10710U chip which is the first time it has offered a notebook in this class with a six-core processor. Until now, hexa-core notebooks have typically been found in notebooks at 15-inches in size, so it counts as something of a performance breakthrough for the category. Unfortunately, however, it is not a 10nm Ice Lake part, but an undervolted Comet Lake part fabricated on the same 14++ process as the 9th gen Whiskey Lake chips.
According to Intel, the chip offers a base frequency of 1.1 GHz that can Turbo Boost up to 4.7 GHz while its 6 cores also support hyperthreading for a total of 12 threads. It is listed as a 15 W part although manufacturers can configure it anywhere between 15 W and 25 W but it is not yet clear what Dell has opted to do in this instance. Given the thermal constraints of a 13-inch chassis we can probably expect that Dell won’t have changed this from its default wattage.
The Dell XPS 13 with a hexa-core i7-10710U is shipping now from US$1,350. This variant ships with a 13.3-inch FHD non-touch InfinityEdge display, 8 GB of LPDDR3 2133 MHz RAM and 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.