The New XPS 13 Developer Edition Lands in Europe and United States

Today, on the 59th anniversary of the launch of the Sputnik satellite, the 6th generation XPS 13 developer edition makes its debut in both the US and Europe (Canada to follow).  This Kaby Lake-based system comes with Ubuntu 16.04LTS preloaded and features the InfinityEdge display.

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As you may remember, these systems began life four years ago as Project Sputnik, an open-ended exploratory project.  From the very begining, the effort was designed to solicit and incorporate input from the developer community as to what they wanted in a laptop.

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With the community’s input, Project Sputnik became an official product and continues to evolve.  Recently, as the ultimate honor, Linus Torvalds selected the XPS 13 developer edition as his mobile laptop.

Additionally, as a happy by product of the program, an initial investment of $40,000 from an internal innovation fund has turned into in tens of millions of dollars in revenue, helping to keep the effort humming along :-)

Thanks everyone for all your support!!

Specifications — Next gen XPS 13 developer edition

Here is what the 6th generation developer edition (9360) features:

  • 7th generation Intel® Core™Processors
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS preloaded.  Augmented with the necessary hardware drivers (drivers are upstreamed to allow a variety of distros to work)
  • Killer Wireless cards*
  • InfinityEdge™ display, FHD (1920×1080) and QHD+ (3200×1800) versions available

*Killer cards are a branding of Qualcomm Atheros.  Their Linux drivers are open source and the firmware is now upstream.

US Configurations

As was the case last time, the US is offering four configs.  This time around we are offering the following (including one in Rose Gold):

  • i5/8GB/128GB, FHD – $949.99rose-and-silver-xps13s
  • i5/8GB/256GB, FHD – $1,349.99
  • i7/8GB/256GB, QHD+ (touch) – Rose Gold – $1,599.99
  • i7/16GB/512GB, QHD+ (touch) – $1,799.99

You’ll find the XPS 13 developer edition collocated with Windows version on the following page.  The easiest way to see the Ubuntu line up is to select “Ubuntu” in the “Operating System” pull-down menu on the far left.

European Configurations

The following configurations are available both online and offline in Europe.  All of three of the XPS 13 developer edition configurations come with the Killer Wireless card and international keyboards can be selected.

  • i5/8GB/256GB, FHD
  • i7/8GB/256GB, QHD+ (touch)
  • i7/16GB/512GB, QHD+ (touch)

Where to order your system

As is the case in the United States, both versions of the XPS 13, Ubuntu and Windows, are featured on the same product page.  Once on the page, you can get to the Ubuntu-based configs by scrolling right to the last three systems.

The systems are avalaible online in the following twelve European countries:

  • United Kingdom — available in the “for work” section 
  • Ireland — available in the “for work” section
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Switzerland (German)
  • Switzerland (French)
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium (Dutch)
  • Belgium (French)
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Sweden

There is a second group of nations where the developer edition is available by contacting your local Dell representative.

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5 Responses to The New XPS 13 Developer Edition Lands in Europe and United States

  1. Marc says:

    Awesome! But why is there no rose gold color option for Europe/Belgium? Both colors are described in the specs.

  2. Jan says:

    Great to hear! I have two questions at this point:
    – Is it possible to disable the ‘adaptive brightness’ feature on the i5/8GB/256GB/FHD model?
    – Does the XPS 13 DE (2016) smoothly work together with the TB15 dock?

    • Hi Jan,

      Unfortunately no on both😦

      thanks for the support!

      • Jan says:

        Hi Barton,

        that’s a little sad to hear. Is there any chance these two issues will get fixed in near future?

        I am still on a X230 currently but I will buy a new laptop probably somewhere in Q1/2017. I would really love to consider a XPS 13 DE then but only with a properly working docking solution and without ‘adaptive brightness’… Otherweise I’d probably prefer a X270.

        Thanks for your efforts!

  3. Dieter Orens says:

    What is the suggested configuration of making the QHD+ version work with a DELL U2711 monitor? Playing with xrandr seems to get me close but not really great.

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