If you’re concerned that your laptop isn’t as small, thin, and stylish as your Apple iPhone, Dell is working to change that. The company announced today the latest iteration of its XPS 13 laptop, which retains the lean and mean profile of previous versions, but now uses Intel’s new 7th Generation Core (“Kaby Lake”) processors and comes in a new color: rose gold.
If you’re not a fan of the floral-metallic aesthetic, you can still opt for traditional silver, too. In either case, Dell claims that the all-aluminum XPS 13 is the “smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet,” and boasts about it being 17 percent smaller than the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air.. Dell gives the XPS 13’s dimensions as 11.98 wide (making it a “13-inch laptop in an 11-inch form,” per the company), 7.88 inches deep, and between 0.6 (closed) and 0.33 inches high (closed). It weighs between 2.7 and 2.9 pounds, depending on whether it’s equipped with touch.
As for battery life, Dell says that the XPS 13’s will be the longest of any laptop, at more than 22 hours, or 13 hours if all you’re doing is streaming video from Netflix or browsing the Web with Microsoft Edge. That might seem hard to believe; in our tests, no system has come close to besting the 13-inch MacBook Air, which could hang on for 17 hours, 36 minutes, in our rundown test. But when you combine its svelte construction with the many power-saving features in Intel’s Kaby Lake chips, it’s a distinct possibility.
Ports on the XPS 13 include USB-Cwith Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 (with and without PowerShare), and headset, plus there’s an SD card slot. The laptop can be configured with up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB in solid-state storage, and it offers wireless connectivity through Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi via a Killer 1535 card that supports Multi-User Multi-Input Multi-Output (MU-MIMO) technology. Although there is no discrete video card option, the integrated HD Graphics 620 represents the state of the Intel art. Want even more flair? The chiclet-style keyboard is backlit.