Dell’s XPS 13 is already a great laptop. Now suppose that laptop behaving 40 percent faster than it does now. That’s a guarantee of a CPU modernise Dell announced for a product line on Monday during IFA in Berlin. The XPS 13’s dual highest-end SKUs will have Intel’s latest 8th-generation Core chips, called Kaby Lake R.
The updated XPS 13 product line will start shipping Sep 12 with a bottom cost of $799, though that indication is not Kaby Lake R-fortified. (In fact, 5 of a 7 CPU options for a XPS 13 will still use Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPUs.) The Core i7 Kaby Lake R Core i7 indication will have a starting cost of $1,400.
Quad-core chips make a difference
The 8th-generation Kaby Lake R CPUs will be a initial to offer quad-core estimate energy (four cores and 8 threads) for ultrabook machines. Intel’s betrothed opening travel is formed on tests comparing a 8th-generation Core i7 to a 7th- epoch Core i7 (Kaby Lake) part. We got a some-more walking 12- to 19-percent burst relocating from 6th-gen Skylake to 7th-gen Kaby Lake.
Dell is upping a ante even more, however, claiming a burst of adult to 44 percent in a XPS 13 implementation. The dual Kaby Lake R CPUs in a XPS 13 line will be:
- The entry-level Core i5-8250U, with a bottom time speed of 1.6GHz and a boost speed of adult to 3.4GHz
- The midrange Core i7-8550U, with a bottom time speed of 1.8GHz and a boost speed of adult to 4GHz
Why this matters: As one of a initial laptops to boat with Kaby Lake R, a Dell XPS 13 ushers in an intriguing new epoch for laptops, one where quad-core energy could start to erase a compromises between unstable and desktop PCs. We’ll let we know some-more if we have a possibility to benchmark a XPS 13 ourselves.