Introducing the 2020 XPS 13 Developer Edition — (this one goes to 32!)


We are proud to announce the latest and greatest Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. The system, which is based on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ 10nm mobile processors, represents the 10th generation of the XPS 13 Developer Edition (see a list of the previous nine generations below).

This 10th generation system features an updated design and comes with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded.  Two areas of note are that the new XPS 13 will be available with up to 32GB of RAM as well fingerprint-reader support.  (suppport for the fingerprint-reader support will be available post launch and initially as an update.)

The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, 10th generation

 

The Developer Edition, as well as the 32GB Windows configs, will be available in February (initial Windows configs will be available on January 7).  When the Developer Edition launches next month it will be available in the US, Canada and Europe and start at US $1,199.99 (this represents an i5-based Developer Edition with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, an FHD display and with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded).

But wait, there’s more: Latitudes and monitors

As with the preceding generation, today’s announcement of the latest XPS 13 Developer Edition is not a decoupled event but is part of a broader Dell product unveiling. In addition to the XPS 13 Developer Edition and its Windows counterpart, Dell Technologies is introducing new products and software across its premium Latitude 9000 series and display portfolios.

Dell UltraSharp 43 4K USB-C Monitor

Latitude 9000 series: Featured as the first devices within the new 9000 series, the Latitude 9510 notebook and 2-in-1 laptops represent a new ultra-premium class of products targeted at executives and mobile professionals.  The 15” commercial PC delivers 5G mobile broadband capabilities, AI-based productivity capabilities, and targets 30-plus hours of battery life.

UltraSharp 27” 4K monitor:  In addition, the new family of monitors includes an 86”4K interactive touch monitor, an UltraSharp 27” 4K USB-C Monitor for creatives with VESA DisplayHDRTM 400 for true color reproduction, and the new Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor with 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.

XPS 13: 32GB, FPR support, larger display & improved unboxing 

Returning to the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, as mentioned in the opening, many will be happy to know that when it debuts next month, it will be available with up to 32GB of RAM.  The addition of an option above 16GB is something is a direct request from the community and we are happy to be able to deliver on it.

Fingerprint-reader support:  Another awaited feature is fingerprint-reader support.  While not available at launch, support will soon follow, first as an OTA (over-the-air) update and then as part of the preloaded image.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, 10th gen

4-sided InfinityEdge display:  What’s also very cool is that the latest XPS 13 boasts the first-ever 4-sided InfinityEdge display, which means it is virtually borderless.  In addition, the new display features a 16:10 aspect ratio (up from 16:9 on the prior gen) and while this may seem like a small detail, the extra screen space is noticeable. 

Keycaps and trackpad: A larger display, along with larger keycaps, and trackpad are all contained within a form factor both smaller and thinner than the previous generation.

Unboxing experience: As a result of customer feedback, both the XPS 13 Developer Edition and Windows variant will ship with an improved unboxing experience.  This experience is cleaner, simpler and based on more sustainable packaging. While all Dell packaging is sustainable, the new design greatly increases the ease of recyclability by eliminating foam and single use packaging.

XPS 13 Developer Edition specs in brief

The 2020 XPS 13 developer edition will be available with

  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ 10nm mobile processors
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Fingerprint reader support (driver initially available via OTA update)
  • Up to 32GB memory
  • Up to 3x faster wireless with Killer™ AX1650 built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset, supports up to 2TB PCIe SSD
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) display

Project Sputnik and Dell’s Linux portfolio – from then to now

The first generation of the XPS 13 developer edition debuted over eight years ago and represents the first system in the Project Sputnik portfolio of developer systems. (See the list of the initial nine generations below).

Guided by feedback:  Project Sputnik, it began as an exploratory effort to find out what the community wanted in a developer-focused laptop. Since the project’s beginning it has been guided by direct input from the developer community and in fact it was the power of the community that pushed the effort from project to product.

Precision joins: Three years after it launched, the svelte XPS 13 developer edition was joined by a beefy Ubuntu-based Precision Mobile workstation.   Within a year this initial power system became a set of four systems and are now in their fourth generation.  Today the Sputnik portfolio consists of the 2020 XPS 13 developer edition along with the Ubuntu-based Dell Precision 5540, 3540, 3541, 7540 and 7740 mobile workstations.

150+ Linux systems:  While project Sputnik is the most visible Linux-based offerings from Dell, it is only a small fraction of the over 150 systems that make up Dell’s Linux portfolio.


The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition through the generations


Generation One
(L321X) — November 29, 2012

  • Ubuntu 12.04LTS
  • CPU: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor (Sandy Bridge)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • SSD: 256GB
  • Display: 1366×768

Generation Two (L322X) — February 18, 2013

New features

  • FHD display (1920 x 1080)
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ (Ivy Bridge)

Generation Three (9333) — November 15, 2013

New features

  • Touch-enabled FHD display
  • 4th Generation Intel® Core™ (Haswell)

Generation Four (9343) — April 9, 2015

New features

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • 5th Generation Intel® Core™ (Broadwell)
  • 512GB
  • QHD+ touch (3200×1800

Generation Five (9350)March 3, 2016

New features

  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ (Skylake)
  • InfinityEdge™ display — FHD and QHD+ versions available
  • 16GB and 1TB

Generation Six (9360) —  October 04, 2016

New features

 

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ (Kaby lake)

Generation Seven (9370) — January 4, 2018

New features

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (launched with 16.04 LTS upgraded to 18.04 in July 2018)
  • 8th generation Intel® Core™ (Kaby Lake R)

Generation Eight (9380) — January 23, 2019

New features

  • 9th generation Intel® Core™ (Wiskey lake)
  • 2TB
  • Camera moved to the top of the display

Generation Nine (7390) August 21, 2019

New features

  • 10th Generation Intel® Core, 6 cores (Comet Lake)

 

 

 

Extra-credit reading

  • The best Linux gifts to buy in 2019 – ZDNet
  • Dell’s Newest XPS 13 Ubuntu Laptop Just Got 16 Additional Configurations – Forbes
  • Dell bets big on Ubuntu Linux laptops for developers – ZDNet
  • Dell XPS 13 7390 Review: The Best Laptop For Desktop Linux Users – Laptop Capri
  • Dell announces new Linux XPS 13 developer edition 7390 laptop – TechBuzz

 

Pau for now…

 

58 Responses to Introducing the 2020 XPS 13 Developer Edition — (this one goes to 32!)

  1. […] if Windows 10 isn’t your thing, Dell will also offer a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed starting February 4th. Prices are expected to start at $1200 for […]

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  3. Paul M says:

    I’m interested to know the OEM for the fingerprint module. I have an XPS15 and it has a Goodix reader, and there’s no linux driver for it.

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  5. […] can also be ordered in a special Developer Edition that ships with Ubuntu 18.04LTS instead of Windows 10, if you are so […]

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  6. Andreas says:

    Only 2 USB ports? That’s a serious regression. I was actually hoping for 4 ports (and do away with the analog port and the SD card reader).

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    • Marc says:

      Are you seriously asking them to remove the 3.5mm port? I hope they never do that, so much convenience and it works everywhere with everything.

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  7. d says:

    Looks great… but the keyboard is downgraded with PgUp and PgDown keys hidden under Fn 😦 whyyy

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  8. […] detalhes sobre o novo Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition podem ser encontrados no blog de Barton George, da equipe do Dell […]

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  9. Looks really nice, but it needs separate physical mouse buttons for me to get it. Odd gestures is not a replacement for real mouse buttons, sadly.

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  10. […] can also be ordered in a special Developer Edition that ships with Ubuntu 18.04LTS instead of Windows 10, if you are so […]

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  15. Marc says:

    Will the FHD version come with a Matte display? I think that matte displays are way better when working a lot of hours with a computer, specially with a laptop that is designed for portability (so lots of different environments with different lights)

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  22. Michelle Serington says:

    Will older models (e.g., Precision 5530) which also came with a fingerprint reader also receive software support for the fingerprint reader?

    I ordered my Precision 5530 with Ubuntu and the fingerprint reader, but driver software has not yet become available anywhere (Hardware: “Bus 001 Device 004: ID 27c6:5395 HTMicroelectronics Goodix Fingerprint Device”).

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    • Paul M says:

      Dell appear to use two different fingerprint reader OEMs, one is Goodix, the other Elan. The former doesn’t have drivers yet, so sadly my XPS15 running Fedora can’t use fprint login.

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  23. Adil Arif says:

    As an early XPS 13 Developer Edition user, I am happy to see continued investment. However, the enhancement that I am wishing for is AMD CPUs and GPU’s. The AMD performance advantage and Linux driver maturity would really help XPS 13 Developer Edition become a much more valuable Linux product.

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  24. adila01 says:

    As an early XPS 13 Developer Edition user, I am happy to see continued investment. However, the enhancement that I am wishing for is AMD CPUs and GPU’s. The AMD performance advantage and Linux driver maturity would really help XPS 13 Developer Edition become a much more valuable Linux product.

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  25. Fred says:

    This looks like an amazing laptop. I love the new screen and the 16:10 aspect ratio. I just wish it had support for Coreboot, Libreboot, LinuxBoot, TianoCore or some kind of open source firmware.

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  27. Luiz Cardoso says:

    I’m in medical research, and I’ve been using Linux for 17 years now. Most of my work involves creating and editing texts and presentations, as as such keyboard ergonomics is crucial. Of all 13″ keyboard layouts, I find the one of HP’s laptops the best, being the most comfortable and most efficient to use. For example, in such a relatively small laptop size, HP managed to include large, dedicated keys for PageUp, PageDown, Home, and End, which are all well placed. All these keys are directly accessible, and not at the expense of the function keys (which I also use for editing). In addition, the Delete key is in its traditional (and best) place, whereas the power switch is separate from the typing keys. I very much wanted to have a Dell XPS 13″, because of the high quality of its hardware and, notably, of its premium compatibility with Linux. But alas, its keyboard layout is a deal breaker for me.

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  29. […] lance également la 10e génération du XPS 13 Developer Edition. Comme détaillé sur le blog de Barton George, la principale différence entre le XPS 13 standard et le XPS 13 […]

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  31. […] devices, including the XPS 13 (9300) with Ice Lake U, such as the one responsible for the project Barton George on his blog writes. The biggest innovation for developers is the support for 32 GB of […]

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  32. Nat says:

    Good news, why there is any proposal for a 14″ edition ? With a better keyboard and more ports ?

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  34. JAG says:

    Great news. The fprint will definitely be welcome. Barton, I do have one question. Why does dell keep using killer wifi rather than just Intel’s AX200NGW? It’s only $13 consumer side. I assume it’s 1/3 that in bulk.
    Is it a licensing thing?

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  35. Borys says:

    Damn I like XPS laptops… But I’ll not buy any again. When it is broken, you will get the worst support service possible. Already 2 month in this hell…

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  36. Will the patches for the fingerprint reader also get upstream or will there be a fully proprietary solution?

    Will there be the XPS with 32Gb Ram and a matte display? Working devices with reflective screens are not allowed according to the European Health and Safety at Work Directive (90/270/EEC) and it would be a pity if I could not buy it because of this.

    I really hope you will answer this questions.

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  37. Talden says:

    I was eyeing up the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 but alas there are some challenges getting Linux on there without sacrificing something. It looks like the 20.04 LTS carrying most of the fixes.

    Hopefully the 2-in-1 will have Linux support by then and I can replace most of my home/personal device use with a single beast.

    This one will probably be top of my list to replace my work laptop though.

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  38. […] lead on Project Sputnik developer systems, Barton George, also blogged about Dell’s new 86-inch 4K interactive touch monitor, as well as their upcoming Latitude 9510 notebook and 2-in-1 laptops, promising “a new […]

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  39. […] recyklaci. Na výběr je ze dvou variant – tradiční XPS 13 s Windows 10 nebo edice pro vývojáře s operačním systémem Ubuntu 18.04 […]

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  40. […] kicked off 2020 by announcing the 10th generation XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with Ubuntu Linux preloaded, fingerprint-reader […]

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  43. Jan says:

    That “32” in the title really looks like you are listening to your customers 🙂 I have just bought the 2-in-1 XPS (7390) a month ago. I have to try to get kernel from your “project sputnik” on it (in hopes of getting camera and fingerprint reader working). I will wait with work notebook upgrade for this new “developer edition” to avoid the hassle and support you 🙂 Thank you!

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  49. Roman Frołow says:

    Why support for fingerprint sensor, when it is not physically there?

    >here is a fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button on the standard XPS 13, but it is missing in its Developer Edition sibling.

    https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/dell-xps-13-9300-developer-edition-launch-price-specifications-10th-gen-intel-processor-launch-2158102

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  50. Hello Barton!

    Have any real and legal way to buy this version in Japan (or from Japan)?
    The main problem what even XPS13 with windows contains core i5 maximum (and 8Gb RAM of course).

    Thanks.

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  51. David Waterman says:

    Hi!

    I’m very interested in the new XPS 13, however I worry about battery life. I have the old M3800 developer edition with a 61 Wh battery, and poor battery life. The XPS 13 seems to have only a 52 Wh battery, although I would avoid the discrete graphics and 4K screen this time round.

    What is the real-world battery life of the XPS 13 like on Ubuntu 18.04? Should I be looking at the Latitude models instead if I prioritise battery life?

    Thanks,
    David

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  52. Saju says:

    Is this a good laptop for processing wild life images, can it take the Adobe Creative Cloud suit on it!

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