[CES 2022] Dell XPS 13 Plus Reinvents Itself With New Touch Bar
At CES 2022, the Dell XPS 13 Plus was unveiled alongside the Dell UltraSharp 32″ 4K video conferencing monitor. What’s so great about these new products? Let’s find out.
Dell XPS 13 Plus
The Dell XPS 13 Plus has some notable changes over the standard model. For starters, the row of function keys on the keyboard that sits close to the display is now a capacitive touch bar. While you can still retain the original row’s functions, it can now effectively double as media keys.
Apart from that, you also have an invisible glass touchpad which makes use of haptic vibration motors to simulate clicks. In theory, it should be similar to how the iPhone 8’s button is like but with a different feel. We can’t say much about how well it works until we’ve reviewed it ourselves.
The biggest change is, unsurprisingly, the components inside as it’s now powered by the 12th Gen Intel Core CPU with Intel Iris X GPU. It can handle up to 28W of power, almost double the capacity of the previous generation, so it can handle more intense tasks like video encoding better.
Keep in mind that you can’t upgrade the RAM on your own so you will need to decide on the memory configuration upon purchase. As for battery life, nothing was mentioned but it does include Express Charge 2.0, which is said to give up to 80% charge in just one hour. Dell will also be including a USB-C to USB-A adapter inside the box, and it’s made of 100% recyclable material.
Dell XPS 13 Plus specifications
|Display||13.4-inch 1,920 x 1,200 (FHD+) nontouch ~ 3,840 x 2,400 (4K UHD) touchscreen|
|Camera||HD (720p) webcam with Windows Hello|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1240P (12 cores, up to 4.4GHz) ~ Core i7-1280P (14 cores, up to 4.8GHz)|
|GPU||Intel Iris X Graphics (integrated)|
|RAM||8GB (5,200MHz) ~ 32GB (5,200MHz); built-in|
|Storage||256GB PCIe ~ 2TB PCIe|
|Battery||55Whr battery (built-in)|
Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2Wired
2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C); one USB-C to USB-A adapter included
|Biometric authentication||Windows Hello via webcam or power button-embedded fingerprint reader|
The Dell XPS 13 Plus will be available starting sometime in Spring 2022 with a retail price of USD $1,199. No word yet on pricing and availability in Malaysia but we will keep you posted so stay tuned for further information.
But wait, there’s more!
Dell UltraSharp 32″ 4K Video Conferencing Monitor
We also have the new Dell UltraSharp 32″ 4K video conferencing monitor, model U3223QZ. Just as the name implies, it’s a 32-inch 4K resolution monitor, and it can also function as a USB hub featuring 5 USB-A ports. As it’s catered to professionals, there is added attention given to colours, including accuracy.
It features VESA DisplayHDR 400, a contrast ratio of 2000:1, 100% sRGB, and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut. In case you’re wondering, the response rate is said to be 5ms but it can only go up to 60Hz refresh rate, so gaming on it might not be the best.
What makes it interesting is the built-in 4K webcam inside. As you can see from the notable camera bump, it’s a pretty big webcam and we suspect that it uses a similar technology to the Dell UltraSharp webcam that was introduced last year. It’s expected to launch sometime in March 2022. No word yet on retail pricing, as well as availability in Malaysia but we will keep you posted.
Pokdepinion: That might not be a gaming monitor but I kind of want one on the side. It looks to be pretty cool for work, and I’m also curious about that 4K webcam inside. One thing’s for sure, that Dell XPS 13 Plus looks to bring much welcomed changes.