THE NEW X-FAC­TOR

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As 2-in-1 con­vert­ibles be­come the new norm of the mo­bile world, PC and note­book mak­ers like Dell set out to recre­ate the note­book’s def­i­ni­tion of mo­bil­ity, all while re­tain­ing its pri­mary func­tion.

En­ter the brand new, re­freshed Dell XPS 12. As one of the ear­li­est 2016 mod­els un­der the XPS fam­ily, this sleek, el­e­gant, peren­nial fa­vorite of dis­cern­ing con­sumers has been re­freshed to house some of the lat­est and most pow­er­ful com­po­nents avail­able to­day. They say that you should never judge a book by its cover. The new XPS 12 runs on a 6th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core m7 pro­ces­sor, which has been clocked to a mem­ory fre­quency of 3.1GHz, along with 8GB of du­alchan­nel LPDDR3 RAM.

If that doesn’t im­press, you also have choice of a touch dis­play that out­puts at Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) res­o­lu­tion, or at 4K Ul­tra HD (3,840 x 2,160) res­o­lu­tion, giv­ing con­sumers the abil­ity to view 4K con­tent on a stun­ning 12.5-inch Ul­traSharp dis­play. Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, the new XPS 12 doesn’t re­quire you to flip the dis­play to face the other way round when you want to ac­ti­vate its tablet mode. In­stead, Dell has en­gi­neered the XPS 12 so that you can eas­ily de­tach the tablet from its key­board dock, which is ex­pected of 2-in-1s to­day.

Thanks to Mi­crosoft’s new Win­dows 10 OS, the tran­si­tion be­tween note­book and tablet mode is seam­less, as your menu and taskbars au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just to the cur­rent pref­er­ence. With USB Type-C (or Thun­der­bolt 3), you can do more with the XPS 12. The new USB stan­dard al­lows you to charge the XPS 12 twice as fast as the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion Thun­der­bolt 2, and com­plete file trans­fers eight times faster than the cur­rent USB 3.0 stan­dard. It’s not just for charg­ing ei­ther: with the help of Dell’s Mul­tiUse Port, you can also rely on the USB Type-C con­nec­tor to power up to two 4K dis­plays, all at the same time.

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