One of the more unusual laptops running Windows 11 that was unveiled at this year’s CES in Las Vegas was the Dell XPS 13 Plus ultrabook. The manufacturer took a long time to provide the exact availability date and prices of the device. Thankfully, the ultrabook is slowly going on sale, currently mostly in the US. The equipment uses the latest 12th generation Intel Alder Lake-P processors. However, what sets it apart from other ultrabooks with Windows is the approach to the function keys and touchpad. The first element is available practically above the physical keyboard. It gets even more interesting when you look at the touchpad area (i.e. under the keyboard), because here… the touchpad is not visible at all.
Dell has announced the sale of a very atypical XPS 13 Plus ultrabook, presented for the first time at CES 2022. The equipment offers Intel Alder Lake-P processors and … an invisible touchpad.
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The Dell XPS 13 Plus features two pretty bold visual changes that certainly aren’t to everyone’s taste. First, the keyboard has been shrunk, remove the top row of function keys. They have been implemented in the form of a virtual bar located above the keyboard. At first glance, something similar to the TouchBar on Apple MacBook laptops, except there we had a physical bar with virtual buttons, and here we only see virtual buttons on the case with no additional strips. The second change is the creation of an almost invisible touchpad. It’s located under the keyboard as standard, but at first glance it’s hard to see where the lines separating the PCB from the rest of the case are. The keyboard itself is very compressed, with hardly any space between the buttons.
|Dell XPS 13 Plus|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1240P (12C/16T) – 4P+8E
Intel Core i7-1260P (12C/16T) – 4P+8E
Intel Core i7-1270P (12C/16T) – 4P+8E
Intel Core i7-1280P (14C/20T) – 6P+8E
|Integrated graphics||Intel Iris Xe Graphics, up to 96 EU|
|RAM||From 8 to 32 GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz
Memory soldered to the motherboard
|Data storage||1x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD, up to 2TB|
|Filter||13.4″ WVA 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10
Touch, matte screen, 60 Hz, 500 nits
13.4″ WVA 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10
13.4″ OLED 3456 x 2160 pixels, 16:10
13.4″ WVA 3840 x 2400 pixels, 16:10
|Connectors||2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4.0)|
|Communication||Wireless – Intel Killer WiFi 6E (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2|
|Battery||3 bedrooms, 55 Wh|
|webcam||720p + IR (infrared for Windows Hello)|
|System||Windows 11 Home/Pro|
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As for specs, the Dell XPS 13 Plus offers 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake processors: from a 12-core, 16-thread (4P+8E) Core i5-1240P, up to a Core i7-1280P with 14 physical cores and 20 threads. The processors will be supported by up to 32GB of 5200MHz LPDDR5 RAM and 2TB of PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD support. The manufacturer also offers four screen variants on its website with a diagonal of 13.4″ and an aspect ratio of 16:10. You can choose between touchscreens or non-touchscreens (but in both cases we are talking matte surfaces), OLED 3.5 K display or UHD+ LCD with touch support In the case of ports, we will have two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, which of course is dictated by the thinner casing. The box will include adapters from USB- C to USB-A and from USB-C to 3.5 mm Audio-jack The equipment has a built-in battery with a capacity of 55 Wh. Prices for the ultrabook start at $1299 for the variant with Intel Core i5-1240P, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
Source: Notebookcheck, Dell