Nope, sorry, Dell: You do not have the lightest 13-inch laptop. That distinction belongs to Lenovo. But could you have the smallest 13-inch notebook? Maybe. The company just announced a redesigned version of its XPS 13 Ultrabook, and thanks to a nearly bezel-less display, it’s about as compact as an 11- or 12-inch laptop.
Other than that smaller, 2.6-pound frame, it looks much the same as its predecessor, what with its aluminum skeleton and carbon fiber weave (hey, there’s even carbon fiber on the palm rest this time too). It also has pretty much all the specs you’d expect from a flagship Ultrabook, including fresh fifth-generation Intel Core processors and an option for a 400-nit, 3,200 x 1,800 display.
As for battery life, Dell rates it for over 15 hours, provided you go with the lower-res 1080p screen option. From there, you can plug an optional $99 battery into the power port, which should net you another seven hours of juice. We really, really hope we get to review one soon, but if you just can’t wait it’s available starting today for $800 — not bad, considering the last-gen XPS 13 started around a thousand bucks.