It appears that a refreshed Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is on the way. The company's Chilean arm (opens in new tab) is showing off the new convertible with both 7th-Gen Intel Y-series processors and 8th Gen Intel Y-series "Amber Lake" CPUs. This is our best look at the processors since Intel announced them at Computex but provided no technical details.
Here's the full list of processors, as per Dell's site.
- Seventh generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
- Seventh generation Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
- Seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8200Y Processor (4M cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
- 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8500Y Processor (4M cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
For perspective, the 14nm+ Core i7-7Y75 topped out at 3.6 GHz while the 14nm++ Amber Lake Core i7-8500Y stretches up to 4.2 GHz. The 16.66 percent generational increase in maximum clock rates is a much larger jump than we've become accustomed to with Intel's new generations of processors.
The listing also shows up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 1,866MHz and a 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display at either 1920 x 1080 or 3300 x 1080, though we suspect that latter number is incorrect. Dell also lists it as QHD+, so it's likely to be 2560 x 1440. Storage options go up to 1TB of SSD storage, and there's a 46 WHr battery.
However, if the photos are correct, the 2-in-1 may continue to look the same. The images are the same as art for the original XPS 13 2-in-1. It's possible, however, that these are placeholders and new art will be added later.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 hasn't been refreshed since its launch in early 2017. It impressed with Dynamic Power Mode that boosted speed when it was truly needed, but would scale back in an effort to save battery life. The display was great, but the performance ultimately faltered when compared to U-series processors.
We reached out to Dell for more information and will update if we hear anything.