Dell has unveiled a new model of its top-of-the-line XPS 13 ultrabook. The new product is called the XPS 13 Plus, and this year it has changed significantly.
Externally, the XPS 13 Plus bears little resemblance to most other laptops, primarily because of its keyboard. Dell has enlarged the keys, made minimal gaps between them, which makes the mobile PC look very original, although it cannot be said that no one has done this before.
Plus, the XPS 13 Plus has another twist. As you can see in the photo and video, there is something similar to the Touch Bar in the MacBook Pro. True, in this case, this is not a full-fledged display, on which various functions of many applications can be displayed, but a touch-sensitive row of buttons, which has two modes: function F buttons or their usual alternatives in the form of volume control buttons, brightness, and so on. However, the Esc button is implemented in the same way, but this may be inconvenient for many.
Another feature is the lack of the usual touchpad. He certainly is here, but not highlighted in any way. It’s just that part of the body is sensitive to touch. Dell calls it the Haptic ForcePad, and in this case, like the MacBook, it has tactile feedback.
As for the rest, the XPS 13 Plus is equipped with the latest Intel Alder Lake mobile CPUs, at least 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a Full HD screen without a touch layer. An OLED display will also be available as an option. The laptop also has four speakers, with two hidden under the keyboard and directed upwards, while the other two are located at the bottom.
There are also a couple of Thunderbolt 4 ports, but no headphone jack or memory card slot. Dell charges $ 1,200 for the base XPS 13 Plus.
The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable laptop, goes on sale
Asus announced the start of sales of its flagship Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702) laptop with a flexible 17.3-inch OLED display, which was announced at the beginning of the year at CES 2022.
The laptop received a flexible display with an aspect ratio of 4: 3 with a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It can be folded in half to give two 1920 x 1280 pixel displays with a 3:2 aspect ratio. There is no bezel between the screens. The screen is Dolby Vision certified and reproduces 100% of the DCI-P3 range.
The hinge provides an opening angle of up to 180 degrees, while it can withstand 30,000 opening and closing cycles. If you open and close it 10 times a day, it should last about 8 years.
Inside is a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB LPDDR5-5200 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The battery has a capacity of 75 Wh and comes with a 65 W charger.
The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is only about 8.7mm thick when unfolded (17.4mm when folded). The weight of this laptop is only about 1.5 kg, and the diagonal is about 12.5 inches. Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED received an array of four microphones and two cameras.
The kit comes with a Bluetooth version of the ErgoSense keyboard with a built-in touchpad and the ability to connect to two devices at once.
In China, the price is $2,800.
Bloomberg: Apple will cancel the October presentation of the new iPad and MacBook Pro
According to the latest news from well-known insider Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple will not be hosting the October event this year. Instead, the company will simply start selling new devices.
Recall that usually after the September presentation of new iPhones and smart watches, the company also holds a press conference in October, at which it introduces the new iPad and MacBook Pro.
Two new tablets are expected to debut this year, namely the iPad 10 and iPad Pro 2022. The affordable iPad 10 may keep the Home button, but the bezel will be smaller. Inside, the Apple A14 single-chip system is expected, and the interface will be replaced with USB-C.
The iPad Pro 2022 will get Apple’s latest M2 platform, MagSafe magnetic wireless charging, but the 11-inch version will still not use the Mini LED display.
New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro/Max processors are also expected.
$999 Intel Core i5-1240P custom resolution and modularity: Unusual Chromebook from Google and Framework unveiled
Google and Framework introduced a new modular laptop with the long name Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition based on the ChromeOS operating system. This version is similar to the one that runs under Windows, and in it you can also select the desired modules in the same way.
The list of modules includes components with USB Type-C, USB Type-A, HDMI, DisplayPort and Ethernet ports, a microSD card reader, you can increase the amount of RAM and change the drive to a more capacious one. There is also partial customization – you can change the plastic panels around the perimeter of the display. We also note the presence of a mechanical switch to turn off the webcam and microphone.
As for the characteristics, the novelty is equipped with a display with a diagonal of 13.5 inches and a resolution of 2256 × 1504 pixels with an aspect ratio of 3:2. The laptop uses the Intel Core i5-1240P processor, which belongs to the 12th generation. It won’t be replaced.
The novelty is already available for pre-order in the US and Canada for $999. And earlier it was reported about the Panasonic Toughbook 40 modular laptop with a high level of protection.
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