Dell jumped the gun on its CES 2017 announcements by revealing the existence of a 2-in-1 XPS 13 ahead of time. The convertible Ultrabook essentially takes the excellent XPS 13 and fits it with a folding hinge, while also upgrading the hardware to the latest standards.
The leak, which was eventually embraced by Dell, showed a folding 13.3-inch Ultrabook fitted with the edge-to-edge Infinity display. Later information revealed that there are display two variants of the device, one with a 1080p screen and the other with a QuadHD+ (3200 x 1800 pixels).
Hardware is rounded out with either a seventh generation Intel Core i5 or i7, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB of internal storage. Like its predecessor, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is a fanless design that is meant to run quietly. That being said, it would appear that the processors being used in the XPS 13 2-in-1 are of the Y-series; meaning that these are the low power variants. Which would explain how Dell managed to get a fanless configuration working.
Unfortunately, the size of the XPS 13 2-in-1 means that it only packs a pair of USB Type-C ports (one being a Thunderbolt 3 and the other USB 3.0). Dell is including an adapter for Type-A connectors; but it looks like there might be a trend towards using Type-C connectors on Ultrabooks this year.
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is set to be released on 5 January from $999 (about RM4500), which is considerably more than the regular XPS 13. There’s no telling what the pricing will be like in Malaysia (the XPS 13 has a starting price of RM5499 here), or even if it will be available this month.