The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Hits With A Trio Of CPU Options, 13.3-inch Screen And A $999 Starting MSRP

Hello beautiful. Dell just announced its first ultrabook, the XPS 13, and it’s a sexy beast inside and out. The svelte notebook joins the rest of the ultrabooks announced at CES, but shouldn’t have a problem standing out in the crowd. It’s one of the best looking ultrabooks so far. And one of the best spec’d.

Forget the good looks for a minute. Inside the XPS 13 resides 4GB of DDR3 memory, either a 128GB or 320GB SDDD and either a Intel Core i3 2367M, i5 2467M or i7 2637M. Gorilla Glass covers a 13.3-inch 1366×768 screen. The XPS 13’s chiclet keyboard is backlit and there’s a seamless glass trackpad embedded in the wrist pad. Plus, Dell claims the 47WHr battery is good for up to 8 hours. There is one USB 3.0 outlet, one USB 2.0 jack, along with a mini DisplyPort outlet.

Carbon fiber is employed to assist the aluminum frame while keeping the weight down. At the thinnest point the XPS 13 is 6mm and only increase to 18mm. Weighing in at 2.99lbs, the XPS 13 is just a hair heavier than the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. No, seriously, it’s probably the weight of a single stand of hair as the Mac weights 2.96lbs.

The XPS 13 is slated for a (still need) release. The base Core i3 model will start things off at $(still) while the Core i5 and Core i7 models will run $(still need) and $(still need), respectively.