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Dell XPS 13 in the flesh, first impression

During the Intel-PLDT WiFi Zone event this morning, most of the PC manufaturers were there to represent the ultrabook category. A few new products were previewed including the HP Folio, Toshiba Portege Z830 and the Dell XPS 13 which we were able to get some time with.

The XPS 13 is pretty much as what I’ve expected it — thin and sleek, great display in an edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass display, and a very thin bezel (at least 50% thiner bezel compared to one on the Zenbook or Macbook Air).

Dell was able to squeeze a 13.3-inch screen on a body that’s supposed to be made for an 11.6″ or a 12.1″ (resulting to a much thinner bezel).

The unit we saw won’t be launched in the country until April or later but I am told that there will be two variants — one with a Core i5 processor and another with a faster Core i7. Here’s the hardware configuration we got earlier.

Dell XPS 13 specs:
13.3″ display @ 1366768 pixels
Intel Core i5 2467M 1.6GHz (2.3GHz) or Core i7 2637M 1.7GHz (2.8GHz)
4GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Intel HD Graphics 3000
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
Gigabit LAN
USB 3.0 port
mini-Display port
SD card reader
6-cell Li-Ion battery
Windows 7

Notice the large island-type keyboard and a generous trackpad area. The ports are found on the sides and the keyboard is actually back-lit (and the keys are really nice and comfortable to use too).

Estimated retail price is in the Php60k or so according to a rep from Dell Philippines. The Dell XPS 13 is a nice addition to the ultrabook line-up in the market.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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13 Responses

  1. HMM says:

    I hope they release it with an option to upgrade to win 8 for free.

  2. pcso says:

    Like! Hindi siya gaya-gaya sa MacBook Air. Gondo rin ng edge-to-edge display.

  3. Roegan Taron says:

    Abe, you should start including the screen resolution of the device/gadget whenever you review stuff. Most especially for laptops (ultrabooks, netbooks, & notebooks

  4. JDDJ says:

    ^_^ Nice once Dell hope it will comes in different color

  5. maynard says:

    masanting ya ini Abe.

  6. Jillian says:

    Hi yuga, please review the Toshiba Z830 too!

  7. GhostHunter says:

    The DELL ultrabook with an estimated SRP of P60K is above the price for the ASUS ultrabook (P55K). Personally I feel ASUS has been build quality than DELL.

  8. dave says:

    abe, can u include the best price for these ultrabooks? because, its cheaper to get one in the US or HK, If u could please, include links to websites offering it at a lower price?

  9. GensanSale says:

    Wow! an alternative to non mac lover!
    salamat at meron na ring small slim laptop

  10. balasubas says:

    “The unit we saw won’t be launched in the country until April or later”

    “I could not recall though if it will be released in April or later.”

    Kelan ba talaga?

  11. Marc says:


    Read it again.

  12. SpiderWak says:

    @GhostHunter and Asus’ Zenbook comes with more extra too

  13. bart says:

    Checked this out earlier today in a Dell shop in Cebu, and SRP is over P70k.

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