Dell is completely redesigning its XPS 13 2-in-1 notebook, showcasing a new form that is more akin to a tablet than a slim laptop with a reversible hinge. The reversible hinge is replaced in the 2022 model with an XPS Folio keyboard shell, similar to Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the iPad. It magnetically attaches to the XPS 13 2-in-1, transforming it into a laptop rather than a separate tablet.
The magnetic XPS Folio supports three angles: 100 degrees, 112.5 degrees, and 125 degrees. And there’s even a magnetic pen that charges by attaching to the device’s top. Dell has engineered the XPS Stylus for both right- and left-handed use, and it should last about 50 days on a single charge. However, both the folio and the stylus will be available for purchase separately.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the first XPS to provide an optional 5G connection
This is also the first Dell XPS to provide an optional 5G connection in addition to eSIM support. When the new XPS 13 2-in-1 releases later this summer, it will be available in two variants. Machined aluminium is used for the conventional Wi-Fi variant, while the 5G model comes with a Gorilla Glass 7 back to reduce signal interference and deeper slate colour.
Dell is using Intel’s newest 12th Gen Core i5 and i7 CPUs on the inside. You’ll be able to choose between the i5-1230U (a 10-core CPU at up to 4.4GHz) and the i7-1250U (a 10-core CPU at up to 4.7GHz). There’s also an option for 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, as well as up to 1GB of PCIe 4 SSD storage.
Dell is employing a 13-inch 3:2 (2880 x 1920) screen that is rated at 500 nits and supports DisplayHDR 400. It only incorporates two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) connections, both of which support DisplayPort and Power Delivery. Dell has removed the headphone connector and even the microSD card reader seen on prior XPS 13 2-in-1 models. However, a USB-C to USB-A converter and a USB-C to 3.5mm headset adapter are included.
However, Dell does not appear to be sacrificing the camera quality. A high-resolution 1080p front-facing camera (5-megapixel) with Windows Hello compatibility and a 4K webcam (11-megapixel) for video and photo capture are both included.
The new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available this summer. Dell hasn’t specified any release date or pricing as of yet.