Dell’s new XPS is a detachable 2-in-1 with optional 5G

Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 is official, but it won’t be available until summer. The Windows tablet features a 12th Gen Intel chip, WiFi 6E and optional 5G.

Dell’s The new Windows XPS 13 computer ditches the laptop form factor for a tablet with a detachable keyboard folio. Dell’s XPS series is its high-end line of computers. Known for being slim and with high-end specs, Dell is now adding a new form factor to the series, positioning it as a rival to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8.

The Windows 2-in-1 market is full of several options. First, the Huawei MateBook E has an OLED display and is available in China and Europe. There’s also the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i which will have a starting price of $750 and come with a keyboard case when it becomes available in July.

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The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a 13-inch tablet designed for people on the go, but also ideal for those looking for a computer that can double as a tablet. This is also its first XPS device that supports 5G. Dell says the device has a low-carbon machined aluminum metal chassis, while the back is aluminum for the Wi-Fi model and Gorilla Glass 7 for the 5G model with an eSIM. The decision to use glass for the 5G model improves connectivity and reduces signal interference. Dell will sell the XPS 13 2-in-1 in Sky (Wi-Fi model) and Slate (5G model) hues.


Folio keyboard case and stylus are not included in the box


The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Folio can only be adjusted between three angles

The XPS 13 2-in-1 features a 13-inch 3K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Dell ships it with the 12th Gen Intel processor with the option of a Core i5-1230U or a Core i7-1250U. It will be available with 8GB or 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. The tablet features a 5MP 1080p front camera with Windows Hello login support, while the rear camera is an 11MP sensor capable of 4K recording. Unfortunately, there’s no LED flash, which isn’t unusual for a Windows 2-in-1. Like many other detachable tablets, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has a limited number of ports. There are only two USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports on the left side of the tablet, and they support Power Delivery and DisplayPort.


Buyers won’t find a MicroSD card slot on the device, nor an audio jack. However, Dell will ship the device with a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter and a USB-C to USB-A adapter. The optional XPS Folio keyboard cover attaches to the tablet via pogo pins at the bottom. Its magnetic cover, which acts as a stand, can only be adjusted to three angles: 100 degrees, 112.5 degrees and 125 degrees. The keys are not spaced or backlit. Dell prides itself on the size of the trackpad, which measures 114×74.2mm. In addition to the keyboard, there is also an optional stylus called XPS Stylus. It supports 4096 levels of pressure and tilt functionality. It connects via Bluetooth, charges wirelessly when placed on top of the tablet, and has a pair of programmable buttons on the side. Dell also claims that it is designed for left-handed and right-handed users.


Like the XPS 13 2-in-1 itself, Dell hasn’t revealed pricing for the accessories yet, but it does say they’ll be available this summer. In addition to the 2-in-1, Dell has announced an XPS 13 with laptop form factor that comes with Windows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04. It is powered by Intel 12 Gen Alder Lake processors (Core i5-1230U or Core i7-1250U) and has up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. It’s already available in the US and Canada with a starting price of $999 and $1,249 CAD, respectively. The Developer Edition is available for $50/CAD$50 less.

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