Tablets, both Android-based and running on Windows, might be Dell’s best chance to boost its ever dropping sales numbers, as the PC market is shifting more and more towards mobile, but larger and more conventional computing machines are not dead… yet, so let’s all welcome the XPS 11 and late 2013 versions of the XPS 13 and 15.
Okay, maybe “conventional” is not the best way to describe the XPS 11, since the ultrabook can bend and fold just like Lenovo’s Yoga until very closely resembling a tablet. But the 13 and 15-inchers are boring old ultrabooks… or so it may seem.
Upon digging deep inside the two’s spec sheets, I’m pretty sure “boring” won’t be the first word to come to mind, as both come with your choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 Haswell processors, all the RAM and SSD storage you can handle, plus tremendous touchscreens: a 1,920 x 1,080 pix res for the “little guy” and a 3,200 x 1,800 (!!!) for the XPS 15.
Naturally, you can’t expect to get these bad boys on the cheap, albeit the entry-level 13-inch variant will start at 1,000 bucks sometime in November. The XPS 15 will go on sale a little earlier, i.e. on October 15, but there’s no sugarcoating it here, this is one expensive mo-fo, starting at $1,500.
And now, turning our attention back to the XPS 11 convertible, let’s mention the fellow will go for $1,000 from November, a price tag that will get you a stupendous 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen, Haswell power, 4 gigs of RAM and Intel HD 4200 graphics. Looks like Dell won’t roll over and die after all.