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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Coming Soon With a Full HD Display Option

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Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook is seeing an upgrade soon, moving to a full 1080p resolution.  Read on for details.

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Dell recently announced that the XPS 13 was getting a display upgrade, moving from 720p to 1080p.  Available soon in the UK and other countries, be on the lookout for it; pricing starts at £1,079.  Here is the press release:

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook coming soon with a Full HD display option

Since Dell introduced the XPS 13 Ultrabook, it has become one of our most decorated products, winning 52 awards across 18 countries last year. Improvements have been looked at and in particular a stunning full HD display has been added. This new version of the XPS 13 will be available to customers in the United Kingdom and select countries around the world in the next few weeks at a starting price of £1079.00. The full HD display will also be offered as the standard display for the new XPS 13 Developer Edition, based on Project Sputnik which will be extended to Europe, with more details to follow soon.

If you were keeping up with Dell last month at CES, you may have seen news about the XPS 13 already, and here are the details. First and foremost, the 1920 x 1080 Full HD display on this laptop is gorgeous. The new 1080p display contains almost 2x the pixels of a typical 720p display, and the difference is noticeable. Everything looks sharper, whether you are viewing high resolution images, watching 1080p video or even reading text on an eBook or a web page.

More pixels also means you’ll have more screen real estate, so you will see more of that spreadsheet (see image below) or that you’ll be able to see more detail in a high resolution image than you would compared to a typical notebook screen.

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Beyond the sharpness, colours are stunning. Part of the reason is that the full HD display offers a 72% colour gamut vs. the 45% colour gamut on the standard panel. This means the new display can reproduce a wider range of colours compared to the standard display, and the difference is noticeable. Another benefit of the full HD panel is that viewing angles are much wider compared to the standard display—178 degrees versus 80. This means you will see the improved visual quality that the full HD display offers whether you are viewing it directly or pretty far off to the side. And finally, the full HD screen is brighter as well—at 350 nits, it is up to 75% brighter than a typical 200-nit display.

The XPS 13 is often judged against the MacBook Pro 13, but in terms of size and weight, the MacBook Air 13 is a more realistic comparison. The XPS 13 is smaller than the MacBook Air 13 as it fits a 13-inch screen into something barely bigger than an 11-inch footprint. The 1080p display offers 44% more pixels than the 900p display that it currently offers.

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All the other features that made the XPS 13 popular overall—like its sleek, thin lightweight but sturdy design, backlit keyboard, the soft-touch palmrest, edge-to-edge display, and great-sounding speakers are all still there. And because it’s built around third-generation i5 and i7 processors and integrated HD 4000 graphics, you don’t have to compromise on performance.

All the enterprise-ready features that have made it popular in businesses like ProSupport, configuration services, asset tagging, BitLocker data encryption and others are still supported. IT administrators looking to automate the OS deployment process can utilise the XPS 13 CAB files as well.

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
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