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CES 2012: Dell Announces Its First Ultrabook, Starts at $999

By Sam Cook

Dell is the latest to jump on the Ultrabook trend with a 13" device coming out next month.

Not to be left behind in the latest laptop craze, Dell has announced that its first ultrabook, the XPS 13, will release at the end of February in the US, the cheapest model will coming in just under Intel’s sub-$1000 guideline. For $999, customers will get an Intel Core i5 2467M processor (upgradable to i7 2637M), a 128GB SSD (upgradable to 256GB SSD), 4GB of memory and Intel HD 3000 graphics. The 13” Gorilla Glass screen runs edge-to-edge in an 11” frame, backed by an aluminum lid attached to a carbon fiber base. The whole package is .7” thick at the hinge, tapering to .24” at the front edge, and starts at just under 3 pounds.

Based on early impressions, Dell’s first ultrabook looks to be one of the better designs we’ve seen from the company in a while, though it’s sure to have lots of competition by the time CES is over. Here are the full specs.

Dell XPS 13
Size/Weight0.24-0.71" x 12.4" x 8.1", starts at 2.99 lbs.
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
ProcessorIntel Core i5 2467M or i7 2637M
Memory4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz
Hard Drive128GB or 256GB SSD
GraphicsIntel HD 3000
Screen13.3" HD WLED, 1366x768
KeyboardBacklit chicklet keyboard, glass integrated button touchpad with gesture support
ConnectivityIntel 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0
Batterynon-removable 47WHr 6-cell, estimated 8 hours, 53 minutes of battery life
Camera1.3MP webcam with dual array microphones
Ports1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, mini Display-Port, headphone jack
ReleaseEnd of February 2012 in the US, "select markets" in March 2012