I've been lurking here for ages and have to say...that's great news!! A premium XPS 13 Haswell DE would tick all my boxes. Please make loads as I fully expect you'll very quickly be in short supply ;-)
@Barton, thanks very much for keeping us informed - much appreciated.
I'm hoping for: 16gb ram, 512 gb SSD, Haswell, new trackpad, ubuntu 13.10 support (and some kind of huge graphics card cramped into the tiny box).
And most important dedicated Ubuntu/Penguin Home button!
Btw. price does not matter, good ubuntu support does...
Very good news, indeed! Although I hope for a 14" screen with Haswell, the prospect of XPS 13 with Haswell suggests the wait will be worth it.
And yes, the Penguin button: Please no Ubuntu button as there are other Linux users who will use the XPS 13
GOOD DRIVER SUPPORT MATTERS. For me price matters, make sure you do not charge more the Macbook air with similar parameters. All of the sputnik software on github DOES NOT matter, does not make a difference in my buy decision. Long battery life matters, specially for deployment at the site. Keep as many USB drives as possible, I use the Laptop for Embedded System development, for which I need USB's and Web development. Its almost a perfect development computer. Would like it to be little bigger, like 15" size with numerical keyboard on the side.
This is good to hear but I really hope to get a 16gb version which would make virtualization much smoother. I don't even care about haswell at this point.
I am from Belgium and apparently the only versions I can get with 16gb is the latitude 6430u with ubuntu preinstalled or the e6430 (with windows which I have to kick off).. which would set me back 1800 euros vat excl. (vs about 999 vat excl. for the xps 13) - almost double the price just to have this...
I'd be happy to buy even an xps 14/15 with 16gb of ram and windows which I would replace with linux, but unfortunately that's not possible here... I don't even get why there are version differences between us/europe.