Dell kicks off the new year with the announcement of a new premium laptop - Dell XPS 13 Plus - set to launch in spring 2022, starting from US$1,199 (~RM5,046).
The laptop now comes with a new sleek keyboard and a row of function keys that sit closest to the screen. Instead of solid hard buttons, the function keys are now a capacitive touch surface and they double as both media keys and function keys. Below the keyboard, Dell uses haptic vibration motors beneath the "invisible" glass touchpad to simulate the feeling of clicks.
The XPS P13 Plus is powered by up to the 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1280P processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, paired with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of PCIe storage. The 13.4" laptop offers two display options: a non-touchscreen display with an FHD+ resolution and a touchscreen display with a 4K UHD resolution.
Underneath the hood, it has a 55Whr battery that supports Express Charge 2.0, which Dell claims can charge up to 80% of battery life in under an hour. For connectivity, it has two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and a USB-C to USB-A adapter. It also supports Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E.
Alongside the laptop, Dell has also announced a new 32" UltraSharp videoconferencing monitor that supports 4K, called the U3223QZ. The monitor also has a built-in 4K webcam for the best Zoom meeting experience. The camera's tilt can be adjusted by 20° and its field of view can be switched between 65°, 78°, and 90°.
The monitor features a 31.5" IPS panel with a 60Hz refresh rate so yes, it's only for business. It also comes with two built-in 14W speakers. When connected to a USB-C cable, it basically acts as a hub as it offers five 10Gbps USB-A ports, an ethernet port, another USB-C port, DisplayPort 1.4, and an HDMI 2.0 port.