Should you get the new XPS 13 over the older model?

Best answer: The 7390 maintains the same great design but adds Intel’s latest 10th Gen Comet Lake processors and keeps the price on par with the previous-gen model. Right now there’s little reason not to get the latest refresh.

Latest and Greatest: Dell XPS 13 7390 (From $930 at Dell)

Dell XPS 13 7390 vs. XPS 13 9380 specs

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In this case, considering the new model against the older one is a simple affair. The refresh is entirely internal, with the same design on the outside accompanying the same great displays and incredibly compact form factor. 1080p touch and non-touch displays are on offer, as is a 4K touch panel, and you still get super-fast PCIe SSD storage on all spec levels of the new model.

Where the biggest difference lies is in the use of the new 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake processors. These aren’t quite as powerful as the Ice Lake processors in the XPS 13 2-in-1, most notably lacking the new Iris Pro graphics, but they’re still a double-digit performance improvement over the previous generation. Considering the last model XPS 13 used 8th Gen processors, that’s a decent jump to get from the 7390.

Besides a better performing processor, 10th Gen also brings with it support for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, which the XPS 13 7390 makes use of.

Other small improvements on the new model

Besides the 10th Gen Core i3, i5 and i7 processors you now get to choose from, there are some smaller, more subtle improvements on the 7390 that make it worth getting. While it still only supports LPDDR3 RAM thanks to the Comet Lake limitations, it’s now faster RAM at 2133 MHz compared to the 1866 MHz you got from the old model. The performance increase is small, but it’s still a performance increase.

Older model still expensive

If you’re not convinced by the newer, better hardware inside, the pricing should seal the deal. The 7390 starts at $980, while the previous model 9380 is priced between $1,000 and around $1,400 before you look at adding any optional extras.

Without a substantial discount, buying an older model of a laptop like this really isn’t a compelling, nor highly recommended choice.

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