Meet The Sleek, Slim, High Performance Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell is looking to make it’s way into the ultrabook market, something that’s long been dominated by the Apple MacBook Air. The company released details of the XPS 13 today, a very sleek and stylish laptop built for those who want thinness and ultra portability.

First introduced in 2008, the MacBook Air quickly gained top status as the must have ultra portable laptop, originally clocking in at just 0.11 inches thick at it’s lowest point.

The 13 inch Dell XPS 13 sticks with that original philosophy while also cranking up the performance a few notches.

The specs:

  • 13 inch Gorilla Glass display
  • Aluminum lid and carbon fiber chassis
  • 1366×768 resolution
  • Core i5 or Core i7 processor
  • Up to 256GB SSD drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel HD 3000 graphics
  • Up to 8 hour battery life

The ultrabook is about 0.24 inches thin at it’s lowest point. While not as thin as a MacBook Air, the performance is up there and battery life is very similar. How much will the XPS 13 set you back? The entry level model with a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD hard drive, will run you $1000.

Dell plans on shipping in February and being that it is an ultrabook, users can expect it to be very responsive and without the need to wait too long for it to boot up. The XPS 13 can do that thanks to flash memory which uses Intel’s Rapid Start technology.

Also, weighing in at just under 3 pounds, consumers can expect the light weight they would expect from other similar devices on the market and to come in 2012.