CES 2019 Dell XPS 13s 2019 model fixes its biggest problem

first_img CES Products Now playing: Watch this: 40 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET The XPS 13 from Dell has been one of our favorite laptops for a few years. It launched the current war on bezels, shaving down its screen borders before almost everyone else, and that’s a look being copied far and wide now.But, even the most recent generation of the XPS 13 — which made big strides all its own — suffered from a near-fatal flaw. Its webcam was positioned below the screen, not above it. That’s the opposite of pretty much every other laptop ever, and that’s for good reason. 1:55 See all the best laptops from CES 2019 4 New Dell XPS 13 and Inspiron 7000 Black Edition fix problems… Blame the super-thin bezel around the screen, which didn’t have room for a webcam. The unfortunate compromise was that Skype calls and videos shot from the under-screen webcam all hit that unflattering up-the-nose angle.This time around, Dell has cracked the code, and is inserting a new, extra small, “micro HD” webcam design right where it belongs — above the screen. So no more nostril-cam. The new camera is 2.25mm high, so it just fits in that slim 4mm top bezel. It’s not a Windows Hello camera, but there’s an optional fingerprint reader for biometric logins. dell-xps-13-04Now that’s a tiny webcam.  Sarah Tew/CNET Besides that, you can get up a 4K display, surrounded by a slim 4mm bezel, and Dolby Vision support for HDR video. The colors have been tweaked slightly, but it’s still a sharp-looking mostly white laptop, with a variant in, you guessed it, rose gold. Basic specs and configuration options include:CPU: Intel eighth-gen Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7RAM: 4GB to 16GBDisplay: 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, 1,920 by 1,080-pixel touchscreen or 3,840 by 2,160-pixel touchscreenGraphics: Intel UHD 620Storage: 128GB to 2TBThe XPS 13 remains a standard bearer for slim mainstream laptops, and I suspect it will remain one of my go-to recommendations. It’ll start at $899 (about £700 or AU$1,260) and go on sale Jan. 8.This story originally posted at 10 a.m. PT. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Laptops Tablets Desktops CES 2019 Share your voice Tags Commentslast_img read more