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Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 is now a tablet with a magnetic folio case and stylus

The Dell XPS 13 used to be a laptop that could transform into a sort of tablet, but a refresh has now made it a tablet that could transform into a laptop. Seems confusing?

Dell’s XPS 13 was a thin laptop with a hinge that was reversible, meaning you could open the thin laptop until the backs of the screen and the keyboard touched, making it a rather thick and wieldy tablet. At no time could you detach the screen from the keyboard to make a tablet. However, the new XPS 13 is now a 2-in-1 tablet that can function separated entirely from the keyboard. When you need laptop functionality, you simply attach the two.

This brings the XPS 13 closer to Microsoft’s iconic Surface Pro tablets. However, the Dell product lacks a kickstand that allows the Surface tablet to recline at virtually any angle and improves the balancing on surfaces, including your laps. This could be a deal-breaker for some buyers, but we see Dell adding a kickstand in the next iteration.

The XPS stays upright thanks to a magnetic Folio case. You will be able to use only three angles; 100, 112.5, and 125 degrees, which may not be as convenient as the Surface Pro. However, Dell offers a magnetic stylus that you can charge by attaching to the top of the tablet. This will let you make input with your handwriting and also enables you to turn the tablet into a drawing canvas if that is your interest. Interestingly, the stylus is fit for both right- and left-handed uses. The stylus can last for 50 days on a single charge, so you won’t be hurrying to charge it. Also, the stylus does not come bundled with the tablet.

The new XPS 13 will be the first to offer a 5G connectivity option with support for eSIM. You can choose either the standard version with only Wi-Fi connectivity or the version with 5G, which has a Gorilla Glass 7 back to prevent signal interference. The latter can be recognized with its darker slate color.

The internal of the new Dell XPS 13 contains the latest 12th Gen Core i5 or i7 from Intel. There are options ranging from the i5-1230U to the i7-1250U. RAM options are 8 GB or 16 GB and internal memory of up to 1 TB of PCle 4 SSD.

The screen is a 13-inch panel with an aspect ratio of 3:2 (like the Surface Pro) and 2880 x 1920 resolution. Brightness is up to 500 nits, and there is support for DisplayHDR 400.

Dell included only two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C) which both support DisplayPort and Power Delivery. However, there is no headphone jack or slot for microSD, which was present on the preceding XPS 13. But there is a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the packaging and a USB-C t0 3.5 mm adapter.

On the front, Dell has slapped a high-resolution 1080p camera so that you can send clearer footage to your video call partners. It also supports Windows Hello for logging into your device. There is a 4k webcam on the back, although some users might complain it is not flush with the rest of the surface.

You can expect the new Dell XPS 13 this summer, but there is no exact date yet. Likewise, there is no info about the pricing yet. However, the new 2-in-1 tablet looks like a solid option.

Written by HackerVibes

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