Dell’s cheap­est XPS 13 yet, the 9370 is just $900

Dell adds an 8th-gen Core i3 op­tion that may ac­tu­ally be faster than the pre­vi­ous 7th-gen Core i5 ver­sion.

PCWorld (USA) - - News - BY GOR­DON MAH UNG

If you’ve been cov­et­ing an 8th-gen Dell XPS 13 but couldn’t quite jus­tify the price, here’s some good news for you: The com­pany has just added a Core i3 ver­sion that’s a hun­dred bucks cheaper.

An­nounced at IFA in Ber­lin, Ger­many, the XPS 13 9370 fea­tures a dual-core 8th-gen Core i3-8130u, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 128GB SATA SSD, and 1080p panel for $900.

Don’t turn your nose up at the thought of a low-rent Core i3. It’s likely to be nearly as fast if not faster than the pre­vi­ous XPS 13

model with a midrange Core i5 in­side of it. We can say this with some con­fi­dence be­cause Dell’s re­designed XPS 13 9570 (re­viewed at go.pc­world.com/xps3) ham­mered the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, thanks to its en­hanced cool­ing. Dell likely used the same cool­ing sys­tem in the Core i3 too, which means greater per­for­mance.

In­tel’s trick with the 8th-gen­er­a­tion CPUS is to give you fea­tures the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion didn’t have at all. A Dell XPS 13 9560, for ex­am­ple, with a dual-core 7th-gen Core i3, gave you Hy­per-thread­ing, a good thing. The 8th-gen Core i3 takes that Hy­per-thread­ing and adds the abil­ity to boost up to 3.4GHZ. With the ad­di­tion of bet­ter cool­ing, there’s a very good chance the New XPS 13 9570 with a Core i3 will match the older XPS 13 9560 with a Core i5-7200u in­side of it.

Much of the rest of the XPS 13 is the same, in­clud­ing the tiny size, low weight, and top-notch build qual­ity. But at $899, this new model sud­denly makes the XPS 13 at­tain­able for a lot more peo­ple.

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