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Dell refreshes the XPS 13 and 15 laptops

These ultra-thin laptops now feature Haswell processors and solid-state storage

While the spotlight at Dell's press conference in New York was on the company's new Venue line of tablets, the computer giant also announced that the XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops had been given major overhauls.

The XPS 13 now features a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display with optional touch capability, a selection of Intel Core Haswell processors ranging from a 1.7 GHz i3 4010U to a 3.3 GHz i7 4650U, Intel HD 4400 or HD 5000 graphics, 4 or 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of internal storage, Waves MaxxAudio 4 sound, two USB 3,0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, and up to 10.5 hours of battery life.

The XPS 15 now has a 15.6-inch touchscreen with either a 1920 x 1080 or a 3200 x 1800 panel, an Intel Core Haswell processor (either a 3.4 GHz i5 4200H or a 3.6 GHz i7 4702HQ), Intel HD 4400 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, several storage options (a 500 GB or a 1 TB HDD paired with a 32 GB SSD, or a 512 GB SSD), Waves MaxxAudio Pro sound, NFC, three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and an SD card slot.

Since the devices are targeted at the business sector, they both also come with a variety of service options including BitLocker Data Encryption. Given that they weigh just 2.95 pounds and 4.44 pounds respectively, the refreshed XPS laptops are now back to being solid choices for those who need performance in a portable package.

The XPS 15 will be available in the United States and select other countries on October 18th starting at US$1499.99. The new XPS 13 will follow sometime in November starting at US$999.99.


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Craig Munro, 2013-10- 3 (Update: 2013-10- 3)