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Dell's new XPS 13 2-in-1 device now available with enterprise-grade features

Why it matters to you

Businesses that were interested in Dell's new XPS 13 2-in-1 now have a good reason to make the investment.

At the request of its customers in the business sector, Dell is now offering new configurations of its XPS 13 2-in-1 device that pack security and manageability features specific to that market. These features include the option of using vPro-enabled processors, access to Dell ProSupport Plus, Dell-enhanced security, and more. The Dell XPS 13 made its first appearance during CES 2017 in January.

Dell currently provides two configurations based on Intel’s Core i5-7Y54 processor that doesn’t support vPro, and two configurations based on Intel’s new Core i7-7Y75 chip that does support vPro. Thus, customers wanting vPro support will see a starting price of $1,350 whereas the Intel Core i5 configuration has a starting price of $1,000. Unfortunately, customization appears to be extremely limited across all four configurations.

Here is the semi-locked list of hardware for the $1,450 configuration:

Screen size: 13.3 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 with Touch
Processor: Intel Core i7-7Y75
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
System memory: 16GB LPDDR3 @ 1,866MHz (optional 32GB)
Storage: 256GB PCI Express SSD (optional 512GB)
Connectivity: Wireless AC (2×2)
Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: Widescreen 720p
Ports: 1x Thunderbolt 3
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1x Micro SD card reader
1x Headphone jack
Security: Fingerprint reader
Noble Security Lock Slot
Battery: 46 Watt hour
Dimensions: 0.32-0.54 (H) x 11.98 (W) x 7.81 (D) inches
Weight: Starting at 2.7 pounds
Color options: Silver
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

The XPS 13 2-in-1 device sports an edge-to-edge display complemented by a steel 360-degree hinge capable of four flexible positions: tablet, tent, laptop, and stand mode. Along with touch capabilities, this flexible form factor makes presentations and collaborations extremely easy in an office environment. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 and is enclosed in a chassis based on machined aluminum and carbon fiber.

“We don’t want the XPS 13 2-in-1 to be the rogue device in the company, but rather an integral part of an organization’s IT portfolio,” said Raza Haider at Dell. “That means IT departments can effortlessly integrate XPS for the first time, with one of our most exciting designs, the same way they do with other Dell commercial products.”

The security features supported by the XPS 13 include the Dell Client Command Suite, which is a set of free automation tools for monitoring, deploying, and updating devices. There’s also Protected Workplace multi-key encryption to protect data down to the end-user level, and Dell’s Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise service for preventing threats and blocking malware. Thus, Dell calls the XPS 13 “the world’s most manageable laptop” for the enterprise sector.

As a refresher, here are the hardware specs of the two featured Intel processors:

Core i5-7Y54 Core i7-7Y75
Cores: 2 2
Threads: 4 4
Base speed: 1.20GHz 1.30GHz
Max speed: 3.20GHz 3.60GHz
Max power draw: 4.5 watts 4.5 watts
Cache: 4MB 4MB
Integrated graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 Intel HD Graphics 615
Graphics base speed: 300MHz 300MHz
Graphics max speed: 950MHz 1.05GHz
vPro support: No Yes
Intel Virtualization Tech: Yes Yes