The XPS 14 ultrabook has a 14” HD+ WLED display, and runs on an Intel Ivy Bridge processor (i5 or i7). Intel HD Graphics 4000 comes standard, but for those with more graphics requirements, an upgrade to an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 1 GB graphics processor, which also sports NVIDIA Optimus technology, is available. To back that graphics processor up, the XPS 14 comes standard with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to 8 GB. One of three hard drives can be selected for the XPS 14 – a 500 GB HDD with a 32 GB mSATA SSD allowing for faster boot-up times via Intel Rapid Start technology, a 500 GB HDD, and a 512 GB SSD with Intel Rapid Start technology. The first and third are only available for the Ultrabook configurations of the XPS 14. Battery life is promised to be about 11 hours, which, according to Dell, would give the XPS 14 the longest battery life of any ultrabook on the market. A 1.3 MP HD webcam, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, and a backlit keyboard round out the specs.
The XPS 15 is nearly identical, but with a 15.6” display and the option to further upgrade the graphics processor to a GeForce GT 640M 2 GB processor and the RAM to as much as 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. 750 GB and 1 TB mSATA SSD storage options are available, as well. Battery life is said to be about eight hours.
ultrabooks notebooks are constructed from machined aluminum with a silicone base and a magnesium palmrest. Both will also feature glass integrated button trackpads with multi-touch support.
The XPS 14 starts at $1,099, while the XPS 15 starts at $1,299. Both are available from Dell’s website as of today.
CORRECTION: The XPS 15 weighs 5.79 pounds, and is not considered an ultrabook. Thanks to redtidal for pointing this out.