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Dell unleashes new XPS 13 range with Apple in crosshairs

Dell has unleashed its latest range of MacBook Air killer laptops with the XPS 13 landing alongside the debut of the smaller XPS 11.

The new models, which can be bought right away, have a slender design and benefit from the fourth generation Intel Core, or “Haswell”, processors with a touch screen adorning the range for the first time.

Dell’s new XPS 13 touch-screen range starts at $1,299 [£806] with the base model featuring a 13.3in 1,920 x 1,080 touch-screen display, an Intel Core i5-4200 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive [SSD].

Where graphics are concerned it has an Intel HD 4400 chip with the laptop benefiting from Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, a Mini Display Port and it runs Windows 8.1.

It weighs in at just over 3lb with a thickness of 0.7in to 0.2in depending on the part of the chassis being measured with the display encased in edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass. An XPS 13 without the touch-screen starts at the slightly lower price of $999 [£620] and an XPS 13 with an Intel Core i7 processor costing $1,599 [£992].

Dell also announced the XPS 11 two-in-one hybrid tablet/laptop that weighs just 2.5lbs and is 0.6in thick. The base model is $999 [£620] with an 11.6in touch-screen display that has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and an HD 4200 graphics card. Under the hood there’s a Haswell Core i3 4020Y processor with 4GB of RAM, a 80GB mSATA SSD and it also runs Windows 8.1.

Any users looking for more power can increase the device to a Core i5 4210Y and increase storage to a 128GB SSD, with the device costing $1,200 [£744]. Dell also announced a new XPS 13 Developer Edition at the same that comes with a similar processor to the retail version but runs on Ubuntu Linux OS

European countries will be able to lay hands on the new laptop in December with customers in the US able to order it now.