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Dell XPS 13 7390 review: Whoa, the XPS 13 is officially faster than an XPS 15 now

It’s official: You can have both performance and light weight in the same laptop, and Dell’s new XPS 13 7390 is here to prove it. With its 6-core Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, this thin, light machine (available via Dell.com) has actually outpaced bigger workhorse models.

And no, before we get you too worked up: The XPS 13 7390 and its Comet Lake-U CPU aren’t going to outpace a current workstation with, say, a smoking-fast, state-of-the-art Core i7-9750H. But it is the first ultraportable laptop to actually outrun older 7th-gen “H”-class CPUs in heavier laptops, including those in its XPS 15 cousins.

The amount of performance in this amount of portability was simply unheard of just, well, earlier this year.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested.

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Dell XPS 13 7390 specs

The XPS 13 7390 is externally no different than the XPS 13 9380 we reviewed, no surprise as it’s based on the same refreshed chassis. Inside is where it all counts, and Intel’s latest CPU is the major difference. The primary specs follow: 

CPU: Intel 10th-gen Comet Lake Core i7-10710U.

RAM: 16GB LPDDR3/2667 in dual-channel mode.

GPU: Intel UHD graphics

Screen: 4K UHD touch screen

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