Dell has finally made its XPS 13 Ubuntu edition available to the globe and yes, just like the Windows 10 variants, these models are every bit as powerful, so let us do a breakdown of the hardware and features present inside them.
Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu Edition Packs Intel’s Core i7 Chips, Along With An Impressively Crafted And Crisp Display
As of right now, XPS 13 Ubuntu edition packs an Intel Skylake Core i7-6560U, which has a base clock speed of 2.2GHz. For additional details regarding the processor, we suggest that you take a look at the table below to get an idea of what kind of performance you will experience from this machine.
|Intel Skylake Core i7-6560U specifications|
|Base clock speed||2.2GHz|
|Max Turbo Frequency||3.2GHz|
|Number of Cores||2|
|Number of Threads||4|
|Max Memory Size||32GB|
|Processor Graphics||Intel Iris Graphics 540
|Graphics Base Frequency||300MHz
|Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency||1.05GHz
|Graphics Video Max Memory||1.7GB|
|4K Support||Yes, at 60FPS|
In addition to the processor, the base model of the notebook packs 8GB of DDR4 RAM inside, along with a 256GB PCIe solid state drive. Unfortunately, if you visit the customization page of Dell’s website, you will not have the option to improve the overall configuration. If you want better hardware, then you will have to spend a bit more money, and that is to purchase either one of the remaining two models, which we will get to later. The base model carries of price of $1,549.99.
The RAM runs at a frequency of 1866MHz, and the iGPU is definitely not all that powerful to tackle intensive tasks. Coming to the remaining hardware round up, XPS 13 Ubuntu edition sports a 13.3 inch QHD+ display (3200 by 1800) and features the InfinityEdge touch display. In case you possess an affinity to work in the dark, there is a backlit keyboard feature that will help you type more efficiently.
The hardware side of things is no doubt impressive, but does XPS 13 Ubuntu edition sport sufficient connectivity options without you requiring additional accessories? Let us find out?
List Of I/O Ports On XPS 13 Ubuntu Edition
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
- One 3.5mm headset jack
- One Thunderbolt 3 port
- One USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (10Gbps)
- One Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output
- One VGA port
- One HDMI port
- One Ethernet port
- Intel 8260 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
- Bluetooth 4.1
This model is running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘out of the box’, and Dell has done something that ticked us off a little. The 56WHr cell present inside the notebook is non-removable (kind of what smartphone manufacturers do with their products) and it could probably be to retain the build quality of the machine. However, in order to get a replacement, you will have to get in touch with Dell’s customer support and just remember that they will obviously cash in on this opportunity.
The other two models carry a price of $1,949.99 and $2,349.99 and while there is no change to the processor model, you do get extra RAM and storage space if you spend more money.