Dell’s new XPS 13 Plus is now available, starting at $1,299

Dell has announced that the bold XPS 13 Plus it debuted at CES 2022 is now on sale. It starts at $1,299, and while Dell hasn’t detailed the exact specs for this configuration, it probably gets the lowest specs listed in a spec sheet shared by the company. Those include a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 16:10 aspect ratio display with 500 nits of peak brightness, Intel’s 12th Gen Core i5-1240P processor (28W, 12-core, 4.4GHz boost clock), 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM clocked at 5,200 MHz and a 256 GB SSD.

Each model comes with a 60W USB-C AC adapter and has two Thunderbolt 4 ports (but no headphone jack), a Windows Hello 720p webcam, and a fingerprint reader built into the power button.

As we noted at CES, this new version of the XPS 13 has a more futuristic-looking design than Dell’s stock model. The most notable differences are the Plus’s Touch Bar-style row of backlit function keys, as well as the keyboard, which sits flush with the chassis. Finally, there’s the new trackpad which is invisible to the eye but takes up a similar (if not slightly larger) amount of real estate in the center of the glass-covered palm rest. And instead of physically clicking in, the trackpad hardware emulates the click with haptic feedback, like Apple’s recent laptops.

Dell XPS 13 Plus

It certainly looks nice, but whether the new keyboard and trackpad are really pleasant to use, we will have to see in the full review.

While Dell has not shared pricing information for other configurations, you can upgrade the XPS 13 Plus with a 1080p touchscreen (non-touch by default) or a 4K touchscreen at time of purchase. The most advanced display option is a 3.5K (3456 x 2160) Gorilla Glass 7 covered OLED touchscreen with 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage.

In terms of processing power, Dell can go up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1280P with 14 cores, as well as up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. Oh, and lastly, there’s a Developer Edition of the XPS 13 Plus that ships with Ubuntu 20.04, and costs $1,249.99.

We look forward to testing the XPS 13 Plus soon. As my colleague Monica Chin wrote in her hands-on in January, we’re cautiously optimistic that all these aesthetic changes won’t get in the way of it being a good machine. But stay tuned for the full review to find out.

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