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Dell launches new Ubuntu-based XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition range

Dell's new XPS 13 9380 laptop has the webcam back on the top bezel. (Source: Dell)
Dell's new XPS 13 9380 laptop has the webcam back on the top bezel. (Source: Dell)
A new device has been added to Dell’s Project Sputnik line-up: the XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition. Dell had already announced the XPS 13 9380, and the listed operating systems in the technical specifications sheet included Ubuntu 18.04. The Developer Edition of the laptop is now available in the US, Canada and Europe regions, with a price starting at US$739.99.

Dell has officially launched the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition range, with four base configurations for fans of Project Sputnik to choose from. Along with the Ubuntu Linux 18.04 operating system, potential buyers can choose from an i3-8145U model with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD and non-touch FHD screen all the way up to a variant that sports an i7-8565U CPU, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and a touch 4K Ultra HD panel.

At the time of writing, prices range from US$739.99 to US$1689.99 for the base models. Each base system can be configured; for example, the 256 GB SSD in the top-end variant can be exchanged for a 2 TB PCIe SSD if the purchaser is willing to stump up an extra US$750. Overall, 22 configurations can be created from the models offered in the US and Canada.

Project Sputnik was created by Dell as an initiative to allow developers to have some input into what a good system should feature. According to Dell, the project has expanded to offer its services to “data scientists, academics and media and entertainment professionals.” The line-up also includes the XPS 13 9370, the Dell Precision 5530 mobile workstation, and a selection of tower systems.

Funnily enough, it seems one of the new implementations of the Dell XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition that could please users the most is something Notebookcheck already reported on: The discontinuation of the much-maligned “nosecam.” The latest XPS 13 Developer Edition is the eighth generation of the Ubuntu-based laptop, with the first edition being released back in 2012.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-01-25 (Update: 2019-01-25)