11th gen chips offer better performance-per-watt than their predecessors, translating to faster computing or longer battery life for the same performance.
The i5 and i7 configurations use Intel’s new Xe graphics, which are already showing a dramatic improvement over Intel’s previously integrated graphics. This is enough to outperform some low-end dedicated cards and capture AMD’s recent dominance in that regard. I will refer you to Anandtech’s benchmark for this.
Other special improvements include support for the new Thunderbolt 4 standard (it’s still limited to 40 Gbps, but some other performance improvements), and RAM collisions from 3,733 to 4,267 MHz. The XPS 13 2-in-1 also offers an infrared camera for the Windows Hello capability.
The same changes apply to the XPS 13 and XPS 13 Developer Edition (AKA Ubuntu version), with the former already including a Windows Hello Cam.
While there is not much to expect on the design front, both have recently gone through major redesigns, given the laptop. The most notable change on that front is the packaging, which Dell says now uses continuous sour ingredients throughout the lineup.
The devices will be available in the US and Canada from September 30 to follow in the coming weeks.
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Published September 29, 2020 – 02:00 UTC