Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 rivals the Surface Pro

Dell gives its XPS 13 2-in-1 a fresh redesign. The new 2022 model, due this summer, combines the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 8, with a detachable keyboard and a beautiful new square look and feel.

This new all-aluminium XPS 13 2-in-1 model ditches the old convertible laptop-esque look for a new tablet 2-in-1 form factor. Dell mentions that it is “designed to blur the line between work and learning and living”. It “puts entertainment and productivity first” and is the first XPS model with optional 5G connectivity (only in the “Slate” colored model.)


The latest XPS has a magnetically attachable folio keyboard, which also folds back into a stand to turn the device into a laptop (but it’s sold separately). That keyboard has a microfiber lining to protect the device while traveling. The folio keyboard sets it apart from the Surface Pro, which has its own built-in kickstand.

That folio keyboard is also what can tilt the screen to 100, 112.5, or 125 degrees. As for the touchpad, it’s fairly large, matching an edge-to-edge zero-grid backlit keyboard with large keycaps and 1mm of travel, reminiscent of that on the XPS 13 Plus.

The screen by now should be expansive and immersive. Dell uses a 13-inch 3:2 aspect ratio 3K resolution panel with a resolution of 2880 x 1920, capable of a peak brightness of 500 nits. It’s very different from the 16:10 you see on the XPS 13 Plus (and the standard XPS model), with 3:2 being better for multimedia consumption.

At the top of the screen is a 5 megapixel webcam, a huge plus at a time when most laptops are still stuck with 720p webcams. On the back you’ll also find an 11-megapixel 4K webcam for capturing documents and other world-facing objects.

The screen even supports a new Dell XPS Stylus, which attaches magnetically to the top of the tablet for charging with up to 50 days of battery life. But unlike the Surface Pen and other stylus options, this one has a reversible design for both left-handers and right-handers. It comes with 4,096 pressure sensitivity points and has a tilt function, but is sold separately.


The XPS 13 2-in-1 is powered by Intel’s 12th generation U-series CPUs. That includes configurations with the Core i5-1230U or the Core i7-1250U. Memory options are for 8 GB or 16 GB and storage options are 256 GB, 512 GB or a 1 TB SSD.

The onboard ports are limited to two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. Dell supplies a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box, as well as a headset adapter as no headphone jack is included.

Dell has not shared pricing information on the new XPS 13 2-in-1. It is slated for summer 2022, and Dell promises that a price will be confirmed closer to its availability date.

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