Slowly but surely Intel's 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) microprocessors are finding their way into notebooks and other mobile devices. While Kaby Lake is just a refinement of the Skylake microarchitecture, and many enthusiasts are not that impressed, it does bring about some major improvements for low-powered devices.
In the core section of the CPU, Intel was able to add 400MHz of Turbo frequency to the i7-7500U while maintaining the same 15W TDP as the i7-6500U. Intel also made big improvements to the integrated graphics portion of the i7-7500U. New fixed function units and improvements were added, so that streaming will require less work on the processor side, resulting in lower power usage.
The Kaby Lake microarchitecture should bring about much-needed battery life improvements, especially if streaming video is your thing. Dell has taken the i7-7500U and dropped it into one slim and elegant chassis and added a vibrant, high-resolution display to seal the deal.
Let's take a look at what Dell has to offer with the new XPS 13 in Rose Gold.
Our configuration uses an Intel Core i7 i7-7500U, 8GB of LPDDR3, 256GB M.2 drive, IGZO IPS 13.3" QHD+ (3200x1800) InfinityEdge 400-nit touchscreen, 720p webcam, Thunderbolt 3, Killer 1535 Wireless AC/BT 4.1, and a 60 WHr battery. The notebook has a slight wedge shape at 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.6 inches and weighs in at 2.9 pounds.
The i7-7500U has a base frequency of 2.7GHz with a 3.5GHz Turbo and operates at a 15W TDP which can be configured up or down by the vendor (Dell). While it supports DDR4, Dell decided to go with DDR3 because it offers lower latency at lower speeds. The CPU also has integrated graphics; Intel's HD Graphics 620 is the latest the company has to offer and brings major improvements over its predecessor.
The XPS 13 starts at $799; our configuration is $1599 ($1649 for the Rose Gold).
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