This might a bit a too early to ask, but do you already have any plans regarding Intel Haswell? In particular, do you plan to release an updated version of XPS 13 with Haswell under the hood or will come with a completely new laptop? I'm seriously considering an upgrade to Sputnik, but the improvements in Haswell, in particular better power management and faster graphics, are big enough that I might wait a few months.
Thanks for the input. Besides the chip and the RAM what else do you want to see? Screen size? graphics? Physical size of system? We are looking into offering a big brother to the current Sputnik and are collecting requirements.
Thanks for replying.
I'd consider a 13, 14, or 15 form factor... not the main concern for me.
Only want quad core processors or better.
Main thing for me is RAM. It's hard to find 32GB RAM option in any Ultrabook.
Personally I am happy with 1920x1080 although I'd splurge on a 2560x1440 if available.
I'd be interested in dedicated gfx @ 2560x1440, but am fine with Haswell onboard @ 1920x1080.
Antiglare IPS screens please.. don't care for glossy.
What are the restrictions? Do you plan to introduce a completely new laptop or just customise one the existing models as in the case of the current Sputnik (e.g. XPS 14 or XPS 15).
Personally, I'd love to see the same approach as the one taken by Lenovo in case of X1 Carbon, i.e. putting the 14" display into 13" body which shouldn't really be a problem since XPS 13 already has very thin borders. I hope you'll retain the wedge shape of XPS 13 though; the thickness of XPS 14 is one of things picked out by nearly every review and it's one of the things which would definitely set me off from buying one. The XPS 15 is simply too large.
The 1920x1080 IPS display should be fine even for 14" although I wouldn't mind 2560x1440. Given the expected improvements in graphics performance brought by Haswell, integrated graphics should be enough as well.
In terms of internals, I'd like to see quad core Core i7 CPU, 16B RAM and 512GB SSD.
thanks for the feedback most likely we will look to leverage an existing platform or something on the roadmap, just exploring at this point 🙂
It's great to see that someone actually cares about developers' needs and requirements. Do you have any timeframe estimate regarding availability of the beefier model? Is it realistic to expect it in Q2 or more likely Q3 (or even Q4)?
I am waiting for Dell XPS 13 with Haswell+HD 5100 graphics..but meanwhile can you please comment on these issues as seen on a review somewhere else online ?
1. Vent on the bottom getting blocked..
2. No SD Card
3. No dedicated Home/End/PageUp/PageDown
Do you think these might be valid improvements (especially 3.) for developers ?