During CES 2022 Dell announced the brand new XPS 13 Plus, which overhauls the design and it looks pretty slick. They've confirmed that Ubuntu 20.04 will also still be a supported option, on their Developer Edition.
"Our most powerful XPS 13 was redesigned from the ground up to be our highest-performing flagship ever, so users can do everything they love faster. New modern and simplified interiors are beautiful and provide a seamless touch experience for customers. Stunning displays and enhanced audio bring your content to life. Crafted of machined aluminum and glass in Platinum or Graphite." — Dell.
It's small, thin and light and with the redesign it's about the same size as before with a few major differences.
The one you can notice right away is the new capacitive touch bar above the keyboard, allowing you to switch between function and media keys. It looks fantastic but, I'm always a little wary of these special touch bars. It's not as fancy as the one on the MacBook, which would hopefully mean it would have less problems. At least the new edge-to-edge keyboard looks like it has decent spacing for comfortable typing.
They've also stretched-out the fans to the outer-edges, which they say gives "up to 55%" more airflow allowing it to be more powerful while also keeping the size and without increasing noise or temperature.
The screen sounds rather nice too. With it you're getting a 13.4-inch 16:10 aspect ratio OLED "InfinityEdge" display, they say it gives "7.4 million pixels are individually lit, turning off completely for black, so dark areas are true black or perfect black, so content comes alive with breathtaking detail especially in dark areas".
Specifications depend on what model you go for, options include:
12th Generation Intel Core i5-1240P (12MB Cache, up to 4.4 GHz, 12 cores)
8GB LPDDR5 128-bit Dual Channel at 5200MHz
256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD, 512GB PCIe 4 x4 SSD,
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
13.4-inch 4K UHD+ (3840x2400) InfinityEdge touch display; DisplayHDR 400, 500-nit, 90%
55WHr battery (built-in)
2x ThunderboltTM 4 (USB Type-CTM) with DisplayPort and Power Delivery
Intel ® KillerTM Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211) (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.2
|Size & Weight||
Height: 15.28 (0.60”) x Width: 295.3mm (11.63”) x Depth: 199.04mm (7.84”)
When will it be available? That's not entirely clear, they say sometime worldwide this "Spring" starting at $1,199.