Canonical announced the update today on their blog, noting that the roll-out will begin in August for those who want the up to date experience on solid hardware. As Canonical also showed, this is the first mainstream hardware to be certified for Ubuntu 22.04.
While anyone can download Ubuntu (and other distributions) and attempt to run them on various devices, the point of the official certification is so that Canonical can ensure "that all of the components in a certified computer work as expected, so the user can be sure of the best experience out of the box". Of course, buying one with Linux pre-loaded like this also shows there's a market for more.
Some of the highlights of the XPS Plus include:
- 12th Gen Intel® Core™ 28W processors
- A seamless glass touch pad
- Improved quad speaker design resulting in incredible sound for music, movies and conferencing.
- Up to 4K+ resolution or vivid true-to-life colour on an OLED display with Eyesafe® that reduces harmful blue light
- M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe Solid State Drive
- Up to 32 GB, LPDDR5, 5200 MHz, integrated, dual-channel
- Larger fans that provide 55% better airflow
- All-new packaging is made from 100% sustainably sourced or renewable materials with paper documentation that increases its recyclability.
From the press release:
“XPS is an innovation portal for Dell – from its application of cutting-edge technology to experimentation of new user interfaces and experiential design,” said Jaewook Woo, Product Manager, Linux Operating System, Dell Technologies. “By bringing the enhanced performance and power management features of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to our most advanced premium laptop, Dell and Canonical reinforce our joint commitment to continue delivering the best computing experience for developers using Ubuntu.”
“The XPS 13 is a long-standing flagship range for Ubuntu on laptops”, said Oliver Smith, Product Manager for Ubuntu Desktop, Canonical. “It’s fantastic to see the XPS 13 Plus and Ubuntu 22.04 deliver a first-class hardware and software experience for developers, 10 years on from the start of Project Sputnik”.