Dell was one of the first companies to launch new laptops based on the Intel 10th Gen 10-nanometer Ice Lake CPUs after they were first announced. These CPUs have a brand new core design as well as a more powerful integrated GPU and integrated acceleration for AI workloads. Unfortunately, due to Intel's difficulties with 10nm production, these CPUs will be relatively scarce and will share their 10th generation surname with the updated 14nm processors from Comet Lake. Buyers should therefore carefully consider what they will get if they choose a laptop advertised as the 10th gene.
The new XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 was presented at Intel's Open House before IFA 2019. It is one of the few devices that are already on the market in some countries and have the latest and best Intel CPU. The thin and light form factor is ideal for such chips with low performance.
This compact laptop has been shown to be used to edit 4K HDR video, bringing this level of performance to a new compact form factor. Intel pointed out that its own laptops of the previous generation and the competitive options equipped with AMD processors could not run such workloads.
The new Ice Lake CPUs are undoubtedly first-class and are aimed at buyers with a sense of style or at those who only want the lightest ultra-portable. However, due to their combined capabilities, laptops like the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 can become options for those who are used to doing their work on bulky machines.
We particularly like how Dell developed the keyboard and trackpad for this ultra-portable device. Both felt comfortable enough for productivity on the go, and this laptop should also fit comfortably on an economy-class tray table. We also found that the exterior surfaces of this device, including the keyboard keys, were not too hot despite an intense demo.
The new XPS 13 2-in-1 was also developed in accordance with the Intel Project Athena specifications for warmth, performance and responsiveness and is therefore sold with the “Engineered for Mobile Performance” logo introduced by Intel.
According to Dell, this ultra-light convertible notebook is only 13 mm, 8 percent thinner than the previous model. It weighs only 1.33 kg and offers up to 2.5 times the performance. You can get it with an optional 4K HDR Dolby Vision certified 16:10 screen (3840 x 2400 pixels) and an active stylus. Dell claims to have covered 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and 500nits of maximum brightness. There is up to 16 GB RAM and 512 GB PCIe SSD storage as well as a 51 Wh battery.
It also has an internal steam chamber cooler with two fans and covered vents, GORE material for thermal insulation and Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Additional amenities include a fingerprint sensor and a variable torque hinge designed for one-handed use.
The XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 will be available in black with carbon fiber or silver with glass fiber fabric. We really liked the quality of the material we were able to spend practical time with. The body consists of a single block of aluminum. The design also features narrow bezels with a webcam that is still embedded above the screen. This is something that many of Dell's competitors have failed to do. There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports and integrated Wi-Fi 6 as well as a microSD card slot and a 3.5 mm audio jack.