Announced at the beginning of this year during the CES 2012 fair, Dell’s much anticipated XPS 13 Ultrabook has now become available for purchase in the U.S and Canada with prices starting just under $1000 US (about 750 EUR).Released into the same XPS line as the company’s previous 14z and 15z ultra-thin notebooks, the XPS 13 Ultrabook could be considered the successor of the Adamo line, but this time coming with a more compact form factor.
One of the most important design decisions that Dell took in the creation of the XPS 13 Ultrabook was to go with a narrow bezel display that enabled it to fit the 13.1-inch screen of the notebook in a 12-inch case.
This is what enabled Dell to make the XPS 13 Ultrabook so compact, but the outfit hasn't stopped there and also fitted its creation with an aluminum and carbon fiber body, measuring a quarter-inch at its thinnest point.
Moving to the insides of the XPS 13, this comes equipped with 4GB of system memory and users have the option of selecting between a Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M ULV processor, as well as between a 128GB or a 256GB SSD.
A full-size backlit chiclet keyboard is also included, together with a glass button touchpad, a built-in 6-cell battery which provides 8 hours of operation, a 1.3MP webcam, USB 3.0 and mini-Display connectivity.
The 13.3-inch WLED screen has a resolution of 1366x768, its brightness is rated at 300 nits, and packs edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass.
The XPS 13 is available now in the United States at Dell.com and in store at Best Buys nationwide at a price of $999, which will get you the base configuration sporting an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of system memory, and an 128GB SSD.
According to Dell, the XPS 13 Ultrabook will soon be available in other countries around the world, but no specific dates have been provided.