Dell has announced it is updating the XPS 13 with the just announced 8th generation Kaby Lake refresh. While we’re still waiting for 10nm chips to launch, the latest Kaby Lake ultramobile processors are more than just a speed bump, with the latest CPUs being the first in Intel’s popular 15-Watt Core lineup to offer four cores and eight threads.

Specifications of Intel Core i5/i7 U-series CPUs
7th Generation 8th Generation
  Cores Freq +
L3 Price   Cores Freq +
L3 Price
i7-7660U 2/4 2.5/4.0 GHz 4 MB $415 i7-8650U 4/8 1.9/4.2 GHz 8 MB $409
i7-7560U 2.4/3.8 GHz $415 i7-8550U 1.8/4.0 GHz $409
i5-7360U 2/4 2.3/3.6 GHz 3 MB $304 i5-8350U 4/8 1.7/3.6 GHz 6 MB $297
i5-7260U 2.2/3.4 GHz $304 i5-8250U 1.6/3.4 GHz $297

Dell is claiming the latest XPS 13 is 44% faster than the outgoing XPS 9360, and that falls in-line with the speed bump Intel has been promising as well. Dell is making this comparison with BAPCo’s SYSmark 2014 SE, which does attempt to replicate real-world use cases, so this should be an impressive update.

Other than the new CPU, the rest of the XPS 13 stays the same, and that’s not a problem at all. The XPS 13 continues to offer both a 1920x1080 FHD model, with Dell claiming up to 22 hours of battery life, and a QHD+ model (3200x1800) with touch, that gets less. The XPS 13 is one of the smallest 13-inch notebooks around, and really pioneered the thin bezel revolution we’ve seen other manufacturers exploit as well.

The new XPS 13 with 8th Generation Intel Core processors will be available starting with the Core i7 model on September 12th starting at $1399.99, and more configurations will be available in October, which should get closer to the starting price of the i3 model at $799.99.

Source: Dell

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  • Daniel Egger - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    Finally Intel is catching up with this "smaller at any cost" nonsense...
  • willis936 - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    The 45W parts have always been waiting for you in their 10 pound behemoths.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    The 45W chips are the same ones that've powered mainstream 5/6 pound laptops for the last ~15 years. (While the nominal TDP of that class used to be 35W, that was when they had an ~10W northbridge as a discrete chip instead of being integrated on die.)
  • Meteor2 - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    I never knew that (the reason for 35W going to 45W). Thanks.
  • tipoo - Friday, September 1, 2017 - link

    45W is hardly a 10 pound behemoth, that can be found in 4 pound laptops now.

    (At that weight I'm already forgetting something's in my bag, so it's puzzling to me seeing reviews like on the Verge squabble over 2 pound vs 3 pound Macbooks)
  • HStewart - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    I be honest here, with smaller motherboard - even close for changes - longer life exists - because lets be honest - we are human and make mistakes.

    My Xeon is rare beast, it is only living desktop in my procession.
  • ajp_anton - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    Double the CPU cores, but half the GPU units. Hope they will keep the old CPUs as an option.
  • tipoo - Friday, September 1, 2017 - link

    Probably means no Macbook Pro 13 with it yet, as they choose the most performant IGP
  • HStewart - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    I knew this was coming, this is a perfect fit for both new CPU's and Dell XPS. I have an Dell XPS 13 2in1 and it awesome machine - love the 2in1 factor and Dell / Intel created a new high performance mode that makes it feel like i5 even though it is a i7-7y75

    I am curious about two things
    1. does the new XPS have new dynamic power mode as in the 2in1
    2.Will Intel create a 4 Core ( guessing i7-8Y85 ) with 4 cores possible this is will be 10nm ( guessing i7-9Y95 ) - not sure about naming conventions once it gets to 10th generation ( likely Ice Lake )
  • tipoo - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    So close to ideal...But a 2x rather than 4X Thunderbolt port...So close!

    A 8th gen quad and TB3 @ 4X would be an attractive combo.

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