We expected a Surface clone, but the XPS 12 bucks the trend while still fitting a lot of amenities and upgrades.
The leaks were wrong: Dell’s new $999 XPS 12 is not, I repeat, not joining the parade of Surface clones we’ve seen lately. Instead, it’s offering a fairly conventional 2-in-1.
That’s not to dismiss what Dell has done with the XPS 12. The 12.5-inch IPS screen comes in resolutions of 1920×1080 to UltraHD 4K. That 4K panel offers a stunning 352 PPI and is rated at 400 nits with a 100 percent sRGB color gamut. As it separates into a tablet, it has ten-point touch, of course.
Just as impressive are the internal components. There’s a Skylake Intel Core m5-6Y54 running the show along with 8GB of LPDDR3. Storage options include either a 128GB or 256GB SATA SSD.
The tablet attaches to a dumb keyboard (no battery, no ports) via a latch. Anyone who saw the combo would think it was a laptop first, not a tablet—Dell said that’s by design. It said it decided the XPS 12 should play to the laptop’s strengths. The good news is it’ll work great in your lap, while the Surface’s kickstand can get dicey.