Dell today unveiled the final pieces of its 2022 XPS 13 lineup. After the release of the XPS 13 Plus earlier this year, Dell announced the more traditional, lower-cost XPS 13 clamshell refresh. Dell has also overhauled the design of the XPS 13 2-in-1, transforming it from a portable ultralight with a 360-degree hinge to a tablet with an optional detachable keyboard cover sold separately.
XPS 13 2-in-1 Specifications
The XPS 13 2-in-1 (model 9315) available this summer is basically a tablet with up to an Intel Core i7-1250U (two performance cores at 1.1-4.7 GHz, eight efficiency cores) in its base configuration. cores at 0.8–3.5 GHz, 12 wires). In comparison, the similarly designed Microsoft Surface Pro 8 detachable has an i7-1185G7 (four cores, eight threads, up to 4.8GHz).
Dell’s detachable can also be configured with up to 16GB of soldered LPDDR4x-4266 RAM and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD.
9mm bezels surround the tablet’s 13.3-inch touchscreen, which uses the 3:2 aspect ratio and 2880×1920 pixels. It claims up to 500 nits of brightness, 100 percent sRGB coverage and, impressively, a 1,800:1 contrast ratio.
The screen is supposed to be both anti-reflective and smudge-proof and uses Gorilla Glass 7 for durability.
While the XPS 13 2-in-1’s detachable keyboard/cover/stand costs extra, the XPS Stylus comes in the box. It can be attached to the top of the device and charged wirelessly via NFC.
Perhaps as expected, the port selection on the tablet is sparse: a pair of Thunderbolt 4 it is. However, Dell will kindly provide the machine with USB-C to USB-A (3.0) and USB-C to 3.5mm adapters.
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With a detachable, optional keyboard that doubles as a cover and a 13-inch tablet design, the redesigned XPS 13 2-in-1 is very similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup, more specifically the flagship Surface Pro 8.
And, as with the Surface Pro 8, you have to pay extra for a Type Cover, or should I say XPS Folio. The XPS Folio attaches to the PC via magnets and pogo pins and wraps over the top of the screen with a microfiber lining for protection. Attaching the XPS Folio would add 1.23 lbs to the computer, while adding a keyboard and 4.49×2.92-inch touchpad.
But one of the reasons Microsoft has managed to get away with selling its Surface devices without the Type Cover is that the tablets have a built-in kickstand on the back. That makes it easy enough to put a Surface Pro on a desk for more serious tasks, especially if you already have a compatible wireless keyboard.
However, the XPS 13 2-in-1 does not have an integrated kickstand, which makes the XPS Folio seem more critical. It allows for 100, 112.5 or 125 degree props, Dell said.
Still, the comfort and performance of the keyboard will be critical to anyone considering typing for significant amounts. I briefly reviewed the XPS Folio and my brief experience was surprisingly similar to what I felt with the XPS 13 Plus’s integrated keyboard in terms of travel. They don’t just look alike; the keys on both keyboards have 1mm travel and large key shapes.