The US-based computer tech giant Dell on Thursday introduced a redesigned and more powerful XPS 13 laptop that will be available globally, with the starting price tag of $999.99.

The newbie laptop can be activated by voice, touch or facial recognition. The new XPS 13 comes with narrower bezels, a new cooling system, and white and rose gold options with a stain-resistant coating.

The laptop has been built “GORE Thermal Insulation”, the same silica aerogels that have been used in high-tech science and extreme engineering environments to diffuse and dissipate heat. XPS 13 is the world’s first laptop to use this technology.

“If you get a pen mark or other stain on the white interior you can just wipe it off. And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance,” Frank Azor, Vice President, and GM, XPS, Alienware and Dell Gaming, said in a blog post.

  • The device has quad-core eighth-generation Intel processor
  • Available with an FHD non-touch or 4K touch display
  • It has Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Supports up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB PCIe SSD
  • XPS 13 is a 13-inch laptop.
  • XPS 13 delivers superior mobile performance with fast booting SSDs up to 1TB.

“Log in with a look or a touch with the infrared camera and optional fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello, or talk to your device from across the room, with four integrated digital microphones and Cortana voice recognition,” Azor added.

The laptop was initially unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is 30 percent (3.4mm) thinner as well as lighter, starting at just 2.7 pounds.

“While we made the system smaller and lighter, we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the original XPS 13 launched in 2015,” Azor said.

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