Microsoft on Tuesday announced the branch new Surface Laptop 4 but that wasn’t the only PC announcement of the day. The company planned a few notebook reveals of its own for April 13th, including an upgrade to its XPS 13 flagship that fans might have been anticipating. Now available with an OLED display, the high-end laptop is the kind of notebook upgrade expecting to go mainstream this year.
In early January, Samsung made a big deal about its OLED displays for laptops, teasing that various devices will ship with the upgraded screen technology. However, it is still unclear whether the new Dell XPS 13 rocks Samsung’s new OLED panel, but regardless of what company supplies it, the display upgrade will be costly.
On Tuesday, Dell announced the 2021 Inspiron family will include several models. The Inspiron 13 (starting at $599), Inspiron 14 (starting at $549.99), Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (starting at $729), Inspiron 15 (starting at $549.99), and Inspiron 16 Plus (starting at $949.99) offer buyers various price points for a brand new Windows 10 laptop, which can be customized with the choice of processors, RAM and storage to meet the user’s need.
Every model feature the same near-borderless display, an “expansive keyboard” with larger keypads, and a spacious touchpad, whereas, the HD webcam to improve video quality comes with a new Temporal Noise Reduction feature. The laptops also have ExpressCharge battery technology that recharges 80% of the battery in just an hour.
One of the new Inspiron generation, the Inspiron 16 Plus highlights featuring a larger screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. According to Dell, the display size was increased by 11% while the dimensions grew by just 5%, making the notebook just slightly bigger than the Inspiron 15. Apart from the screen upgrade, the plus will include Intel Core H-series processors, optional GTX or RTX discrete graphics, and a “robust thermal management system.”
The XPS 13 remains the climax of Dell’s announcements. The laptop which is virtually identical to the 9310 model that was launched in late 2020 by Dell. It can be configured with an OLED screen for an additional $300. Starting at $999.99, the XPS 13 for the cheapest LCD model, but the cheapest OLED configuration on Dell’s website appears to be a model that costs $1,592.99 after 16% in savings, It comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The XPS 13 can be purchased via Dell’s website right now, with models shipping as soon as May 11th.
The OLED screen has a unique 3456 x 2160 resolution, which offers a 3.5K experience that sits in between the Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) and 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400) resolution options available for the standard LCD models. The OLED screen supports 400-nit brightness, which is slightly lower compared than the 500 nits of the LCD models.