Dell is upgrading its Linux-powered XPS-13 Developer Edition to 1920×1080p screen. The laptop is available for $1,549 in the US.
The good news is that Dell is starting to roll it out in select countries in Europe. The XPS 13 Developer Edition will appear in other countries like UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
This display leads to an obvious comparison with Apple's retina Macbooks, which has set new standard for better displays. Dell's Chief Blogger, Lionel Menchaca, knows this and says:
I know some folks may judge the XPS 13 against the MacBook Pro 13, but in terms of size and weight, I think the MacBook Air 13 is a more realistic compare. The XPS 13 is smaller than the MacBook Air 13 because we fit a 13-inch screen into something barely bigger than an 11-inch footprint. The 1080p display offers 44% more pixels than the 900p display that it currently offers. For those who want to compare it against the MacBook Pro 13, while the retina version does offer a higher resolution, it also adds several hundred dollars to the price and over a half pound of weight in the process.
This laptops comes pre-installed with Ubuntu but you can easily format it and put a privacy respecting distro of your choice. The Ultrabook comes with a bonded Corning Gorilla Glass along with machined aluminum and carbon fiber are incorporated to enhance the performance of this laptop.
This laptop is fast to boot, thanks to SSD. Dell claims that "XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop boots from cold in as little as 12 seconds. Whatever state your laptop is in, it comes back in a snap, less than 3 seconds when it’s in sleep mode and less than 5 seconds from deep sleep."
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3537U
UBUNTU Linux 12.04 LTS
13.3" FHD 1080p
8GB* DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
256GB Solid State Drive
Intel HD 4000
1 Year ProSupport with 1 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis