Here at CES 2012, there is a battle for the smallest and lightest Ultrabook, and now that Dell has entered the game with the Dell XPS 13, we have a battle for the most compact Ultrabook.
The new Dell XPS 13 takes design cues from the XPS line with a machined aluminum lid and carbon fiber bottom, but the size is the big deal.
Thanks to an edge to edge display and slim bezel Dell is able to cram the 13.3 inch display into an amazingly small chassis. When we saw the Dell XPS 13 in San Francisco last month we were able to compare the size to the 11 inch Macbook Air, and the XPS 13 was just slightly larger. The XPS 13 weighs in at 2.99 pounds.
Dell XPS 13 Video Tour
Inside this compact frame you have an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM. The 13.3″ HD display has a 1366×768 resolution and is made with Gorilla Glass.
There is a full size backlit keyboard that has about the same amount of flex as the Macbook Air and key travel was good.
You also get a USB 3.0 port for fast connectivity. On the power side, you’ll find a built in 47 WHr battery that Dell is claiming will offer up to eight hours of battery life.
The Dell XPS 13 will be available starting in February at $999. You can purchase the XPS 13 starting today, and the first 10,000 orders will get a free T-Mobile 4G Mobile hotspot and 90 days of service.