Dell’s Barton George has announced that the eighth generation of the XPS 13 series for developers is now on sale in the US, Europe and Canada.
The Dell XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition is available with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The new model debuts a year after the Dell XPS 13 (model 9370) from January 2018.
The notebook is now on sale at Dell’s online store. The Ubuntu operating system comes pre-installed. Therefore, the Dell XPS 13 has new model with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
The Dell XPS 13 is a notebook of the American company Dell that gained a new version during CES 2019.
The 2019 model has changed little compared to the previous generation and brings out the new Core i7 8565U processor, in place of the i7 8550U, as well as important design revisions, such as the change of position of the webcam, which was criticized in the previous version.
Inside, the ZenBook 13 is a clear winner due to the sleek gold band above the keyboard and the keyboard source, accompanied by strong background lighting.
The interior of the XPS 13 is painted a plain white (or black) and wrapped in a fiberglass fabric, but is a little flatter than the premium. Not to mention that the keyboard backlight of this machine is quite weak.
However, users who are upgrading from the Kaby Lake XPS 13 9360 generation or higher will still see a significant increase in multi-thread performance.
The XPS 13 9380 is notable for its repositioned webcam when it was unveiled at CES 2019. However, if you do not need to make an immediate upgrade, we suggest you wait until the fourth quarter of 2019 when Dell will start XPS 13 with Intel Ice Lake and integrated AI features.
However, the panel of the XPS 13 highlighted the corners of the scene, creating a more uniform image, while the ZenBook 13 was darker and brighter. In addition, Spider-Man costume sewing has been much refined in the XPS 13, although this may be partly attributed to the higher 4K resolution of our review unit.
The ZenBook 13 and XPS 13 have 13.3-inch panels. But the XPS 13 we tested has a higher resolution, at 3840 x 2160, and comes touch-enabled, while the ZenBook 13 has a brilliant 1080p nunchouch display.
The ZenBook comes with an optional anti-reflection panel, and XPS actually starts with a 1080p screen, but we did not test this setting.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard of the ZenBook 13 certainly looks impressive, and although it offers a shallow 1.3mm scrolling keys (we prefer from 1.5mm to 2mm), the keys are nice and durable to type.
However, the typing experience was surprisingly uncomfortable due to the short time of the deck and the tight layout of the keys. Even the right shift key is small.
The XPS 13 2019, at first glance, changes little compared to the 2018 model. The profile remains thin and perhaps the most significant change is the position of the webcam, which has been shifted to the top edge of the screen.
In the previous generation, the camera was between the screen and the keyboard in a position that offers a poor angle for teleconferences and has always been the subject of controversy over the XPS line.