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Dell New XPS 13 Touch (Intel 8th Gen Core) Laptop Review (Page 1)

Dell New XPS 13 Touch (Intel 8th Gen Core) Laptop Review

Dell's New XPS 13 Touch laptop based on Intel's 8th Gen Core processor gets fully tested.

Steven Bassiri | Nov 28, 2017 at 10:45 am CST - 1 min, 24 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Dell

Introduction

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Kaby Lake-R has arrived to replace Kaby Lake in the mobile CPU segment. Dell has renamed their award-winning XPS 13 to New XPS 13. While the original XPS 13 uses a dual-core 7th generation mobile processor with a maximum Turbo of 3.1GHz and base of 2.5GHz, the New XPS 13 uses a quad-core 8th generation mobile processor with a Turbo of 4GHz and base of 1.8GHz. The cache also went from 3MB to 8MB, while TDP has stayed mostly the same except for some TDP up and down frequencies and wattage ratings.

That means Intel was able to pack in double the cores, more than double the cache, and higher single-core Turbo boost speeds into basically the same power package, which means these new mobile processors should dominate the competition, which at the moment is basically older Intel-based notebooks.

Let's see how the new 8th Generation of mobile Core processors performs in an award-winning design from Dell.

Specifications

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Our configuration is the best one Dell has to offer. It comes with a Core i7-8550U processor which has four cores and eight threads with a 4Ghz boost 1.8GHz base and 8MB L3 cache. It also comes with 16GB of LPDDR3 at 2133MHz (the site says 1866Mhz, and it's wrong). We have the model with the 13.3-inch UltraSharp QHD+ (3200x1800) InfinityEdge touch display.

Our model comes with a 256GB M.2 drive and a Killer WIFI card. The unit weights 2.9lbs and is 9-15mm (wedge) height/11.98" width/7.88" depth. It comes with a 60WHr battery, comes with two 1W speakers, Thunderbolt 3, and a 720P webcam.

Pricing

The New XPS 13 starts at $799, but our configuration closer to $1549.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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