Last time we checked in with the Dell XPS 13, it was getting a rose gold edition. Well, now it’s getting in on one more trend — the 360-degree hinge. At CES 2017, Dell is debuting the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, a machine with similar specs to the XPS 13, plus a little extra flexibility.
Being a new year, the 360-degree hinge isn’t the only thing new. Like the refreshed rose gold XPS 13, the XPS 13 2-in-1 gets 7th generation Intel Core i processors (with Intel HD Graphics 615), and can be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM (the XPS 13 could only get up to 8 GB until now) and up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD for storage. As before with the XPS 13, we’re seeing dual 1W speakers with Waves MaxxAudio Pro tuning. More importantly, it’s still got the 13.3″ 3200 x 1800 170-degree wide-angle InfinityEdge touch display option, with those impressively tiny bezels (the trade-off being that the front 720p camera is on the bottom of the display). Like before, the 1080p display comes standard.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, and the frame is still made of aluminum with a carbon fiber palm rest. It’s worth noting that those 360-degree hinges are coated in aluminum, too. One surprise is that despite being the same weight as the XPS 13 (2.7 pounds), the battery is quite a bit smaller at 46 WHr (down from 60).
For connectivity, we’re looking at dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, plus Miracast compatibility. Around the edges, you’ll find a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port for data transfer, power, and A/V, one USB Type-C 3.1 port (also multi-purpose), a microSD card slot, an audio port, and a Noble lock slot. There’s also a fingerprint reader for use with Windows Hello, so you can log into your computer with a quick tap.
Long story short, it’s Dell’s awesome laptop in 2-in-1 form, but with a little shaved off the battery. Those razor-thin bezels are hard to find elsewhere, and the display remains one of the best at this size of device. Best of all, we won’t have to wait long to get it — the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available on January 5, starting at $1,000.