10 January 2019
Dell has attended CES 2019 with its bag full of announcements and they are mainly about the upgrades to the existing laptops. At the event, Dell announced the refreshed Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 and XPS 13 laptop, and the updates to its Cinema service as well.
Talking first about the XPS 13 laptop, this has managed to pull some traction, thanks to its design and above it the performance. Tiny bezels on the XPS 13 was a welcome change but the placement of the webcam had to suffer. Weird enough, the webcam placement was stuck underneath the screen. But now with the 2019 model, Dell has changed the placement after hearing your feedback. It has now been placed where it belongs, means to the top of the display.
The top-mounted HD webcam is just 2.25m in size maintaining the slim bezels surrounding the Infinity Edge display. Some of the key specifications get the usual change. For instance, it’s now powered with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors and now has a new frost anodized exterior color option. It offers 4GB to 16GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel SDRAM options.
The refreshed XPS 13 now also comes with Dolby Vision support, and the 52Whr battery is touted to deliver 21 hours of battery life depending upon the usage. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one DisplayPort, one USB Type-C port, microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack output.
Coming to the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, it’s offered in 13-inch and 15-inch options and they have also received a refresh with the introduction of the latest eighth-gen Intel Core processors. Another change is the addition of a garage in the hinge to accommodate and Active Pen. It should be noted that only the Black Edition features the pen garage hinge and the silver option comes without it.
These laptops have an aluminum body, narrow borders, and a diamond-cut finish on the click pad edge. The power button available on the keyboard doubles up as a fingerprint reader as well.
The 15-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 also comes with a number pad. It comes with Adaptive Thermal technology that adjusts its performance profile based on how a customer is holding it.
Together with the refreshed hardware, Dell also announced some upgrades to its Cinema and Mobile Connect advancements. The former gets the CinemaColor 2.0, CinemaSound 2.0, and CinemaStream 2.0 upgrades for richer, deeper colors, better bass, and dialogue enhancements. It also gets Waves MaxxAudio NX support that tracks head movements via the device’s webcam to offer 360 audio enhancement on your headphones
Also, Dell has announced some upgrades for the Mobile Connect. It was first introduced back at the last year’s CES event and this time they receive more functional upgrades. It now allows wireless file transfer with the help of which Android users need to drag and drop photos and other files from their phone to their PC and vice versa, even without an Internet connection.
At the CES, Dell also gave a VR mirroring demo that showed the notifications and calls from a photo showing up onto your VR experience, thus making a way to stay connected to the outside real world as well. This is available for Android and iOS users and comes free on all new consumer Windows 10 XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, Alienware, and Dell G Series devices.
The new Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 will be available in May 2019 and the pricing details haven’t been disclosed yet. The refreshed Dell XPS 13 will be available in February, starting at $899.99 from Dell.com, Microsoft.com, and in limited quantities in select Microsoft Store locations.