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Dell at CES 2019: XPS 13 Perfected, 24h Laptop Battery, Mobile-VR Integration, Gaming

Dell has unveiled a slew of hardware and software advances at CES 2019. From improvements to its Alienware line of gaming platforms, to an updated audio-visual ecosystem, and from a now-perfected XPS 13 design to a 24-hour battery on board the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, and a smattering of updates to its gaming line-up.

Latitude 7400 2-in-1

A CES 2019 Innovation Honoree, the 7400 2-in-1 is the world’s smallest commercial 14-inch 2-in-1 device.

As the first laptop in the world to feature a proximity sensor with Intel Context Sensing Technology, the 7400 2-in-1 detects user presence with ExpressSign-in. User proximity is detected to automatically scan on Windows Hello for facial recognition unlock.

The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1, pictured in a variety of configurations. Image: Dell

With 24 hours of battery life and a 80% charge within an hour through Dell ExpressCharge, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 does not sacrifice much in way of processor performance, connectivity and port selection.

It is offered in a machined aluminium chassis with Titan Gray finish, and shipped with Dell’s environmentally-conscious ocean-bound plastics packaging.

Dell XPS 13, Perfected For 2019

Dell’s award-winning and cult favourite ultrabook, the XPS 13, has been updated with Dell’s smallest HD webcam up top and centre. Previous iterations of the XPS had a webcam on the bottom edge of the display, offset to a side in order to accommodate the ultra thin bezels on the display.

The Dell XPS 13 in all three colour finishes. Image: Dell

It also is the first notebook in Dell’s lineup to feature Dolby Vision that enables more vivid colours and better brightness, contrast and colour to deliver immersive content with brighter highlights and darker shadows.

The Dell XPS 13 maintains its edge with best-in-class performance with its quad core 8th Gen Intel Core processors. It comes in an all-white arctic white woven glass fibre deck and frost anodised exterior, along with rose gold and white, and black and silver colour options.

The Dell XPS 13 will be offered in Singapore from a retail price of SGD 2,499 and will be available in the coming weeks.

Inspiron 7000 2-in-1

In 13 and 15-inch options, the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 packs a punch with the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors. Constructed of aluminium with narrow bezels, the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 features a full-sized pen garage in the hinge that allows retrieval of the Active Pen, no matter the orientation.

The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, with a full-sized Active Pen. Image: Dell

A redesigned keyboard now includes a number pad for the 15-inch model, while combining the fingerprint sensor and power button on both models.

The new Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 lineup also features Adaptive Thermal technology that optimises cooling depending on how its held – from low-power modes whilst on the lap, to full performance while set on a desk.

Dell Cinema gets an update

Dell Cinema ensures the best performance whether in the office or while taking a break.

CinemaColour 2.0 brings deeper, richer colours, and is now compatible with Dolby Vision. Improvements in picture quality work together with enhancements in CinemaSound 2.0.

By tracking head movements and orientation with Waves MaxxAudio NX and the built-in webcam, audio is given 360-degree directionality and optimal EQ enhancements for the best experience.

For lag-free entertainment, CinemaStream 2.0 reduces buffering by ten times and improves video quality by six times by detecting and prioritising the most vital network traffic for live streams and video chats.

Dell Mobile Connect expands

Launched at CES 2018 last year, Dell Mobile Connect has bridged more than 30 million calls and text messages by allowing users to interact with their smartphones without splitting their attention from their PCs. This has expanded to an improved ability to transfer files and photos between computing and mobile devices for greater productivity.

Dell Mobile Connect features the ability to transfer files and photos without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. Image: Dell

With increasing adoption of VR systems and platforms, Dell has expanded Mobile Connect to integrate their mobile devices with their VR experiences. Users can receive notifications, and respond to calls and messages, while Android users can even access all their mobile applications by operating a virtual model of their phone by touch.

Updated for an age of VR, Dell Mobile Connect now allows users to access full app usage on their mobile devices while immersed in a VR experience. Image: Dell

OLED, 240Hz displays come to 15-inch notebooks

The first to offer OLED displays on a 13-inch gaming notebook, Dell aims to bring this technology over to a series of 15-inch notebooks. The Dell XPS 15, Alienware m15, and the Dell G7 will offer OLED displays with HDR, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio from March 2019.

The Alienware m15 will also be offered with 240Hz panels from April.

Gaming

Dell’s Alienware portfolio of gaming devices has been completely redesigned with a new “Legend” design, which the brand touts to feature the latest thermal and cooling technology for sustained overclock speeds, along with changes that enhance the robustness of the build.

Cosmetically based on sci-fi culture and industrial design, Legend will sport an improved AlienFX lighting, ultra-thin display borders, and two choices of finish: Lunar Light, and Dark Side of the Moon.

The Alienware Area 51

Area-51m, which Alienware boasts to be the world’s most powerful gaming laptop, is the first in line of this new Legend identity. With upgradable graphics and processing components, the Area-51m is the only laptop on the market with 9th Gen 8-core desktop processors, 64GB of RAM, 2.5Gbps Ethernet, along with a 17-inch narrow bezel 144Hz display. The laptop outperforms its predecessor with 50% more performance and 32% less total volume, and packs added features like Tobii eye-tracking technology and the latest Alienware Command Centre.

The Alienware Cont

The Alienware m17 brings a larger form factor to the existing 15-inch m15, while similarly prioritising weight and thinness for mobility. At 5.79lbs and 4.76lbs (2.63kg and 2.16kg) respectively, the laptops are powered with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with overclocking potential provided by Cryo-Tech Cooling Technology. Graphics in the form of Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs deliver real time ray-tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading.

The Alienware m15. Image: Dell

The Alienware m15 is currently available from a RRP of SGD 3,299, while the m17 and m15 with Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPU will arrive mid- and end-February respectively at yet-undisclosed prices.

For a more affordable option, Dell’s G series gaming laptops, the G5 15 and 17 deliver compact performance with great value, perfect for entry-level purchases. With 8th Gen Intel CFL-H quad- and hex-core processors and discrete Nvidia graphics processors, the G series laptops sport 144Hz G-Sync displays for latency-free, immersive visuals.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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