Intel's Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake CPUs are here, and Dell is putting them to good use in its XPS 13 2-in-1. The pint-size XPS convertible is fishing two eighth-generation Intel CPU options from Amber Lake: a Core i5-8200Y with a 1.3-GHz base clock and a 3.9-GHz peak Turbo speed, plus a Core i7-8500Y option with a 1.5-GHz base clock and a 4.2-GHz peak Turbo speed. Those options supplement the Kaby Lake Core i5-7Y54 and the Core i7-7Y75.
Those new CPU options power a pair of display choices, both with touch support: one a 3200×1800 pixel array, the other a more conventional 1920×1080. Both claim 400-nit maximum brightness levels, 1000:1 maximum contrast ratios, 72% coverage of the NTSC gamut (or about 100% of sRGB), and IPS-indicative 170° side-to-side viewing angles. Buyers can also configure anywhere from 128 GB–1 TB of NVMe storage and 4 GB–16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR3-1866 RAM.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 offers one Thunderbolt 3 port that Dell says is hooked up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0. The machine also has a single “USB 3.1” Type-C port with power delivery and DisplayPort alternate-mode support. A microSD card reader rounds out this system's peripheral connections.
A 46-Wh battery powers the whole affair. Dell claims 15 hours of run time with light productivity workloads with the base Core i5 model and its 1920×1080 display. Upgrading to the Core i7 CPU, the 3200×1800 display, 16 GB of RAM, and the 1-TB SSD will cut that time down to eight hours, 35 minutes. A Windows Hello-ready web cam sits below the display for facial authentication.
XPS 13 2-in-1 systems with Amber Lake CPUs will be available starting September 11 from $999.99.