2020 Dell XPS 13 9300. Dell has boosted the display size, added more pixels, and shrunk the bezels.
Bigger displays are coming to 13-inch laptops…will Apple follow suit?
As Apple and Dell battle for 13-inch laptop supremacy, Dell has upped the ante for 2020 with a bigger 13-inch display.
The tl;dr: A bigger 13-inch display makes a big difference when you shrink the bezels and boost the resolution.
The standard 13-inch display size for years has been 13.3 inches. That’s slowly changing.
I’ve been using the new Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 for the last couple of months. It comes with a slightly larger 13.4-inch display, a bump-up from the standard 13.3-inch display found on earlier Dell XPS 13s.
Apple would be smart to emulate this on the next MBP 13. Or to put it another way, Apple should repeat what it did on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro (which I also use) for the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro.
For the new 16-inch MBP, Apple made a big jump to a 16-inch display from a 15.4-inch display, increased the resolution* and trimmed the bezels.
New Dell XPS 13 7390 and upcoming XPS 13 9300:
- Slightly larger 13.4-inch display
- Slightly higher FHD+ (1,920-by-1,200) or UHD+ (3,840-by-2,400) resolutions**
- Thinner bezels
The upshot is, the news XPS gives you a bigger diagonal display with more pixels in essentially the same space. Truth is, the standard 13.3-inch laptop with thicker bezels and a lower resolution seems dated now.
And even Microsoft is now a trendsetter for clamshells — a category it avoided for years.
Microsoft, a relatively new entrant into the clamshell laptop competition, now uses a 13.5-inch screen on its Surface Laptop 3. While (at 2,256-by-1,504 pixels) it does not boast the super high resolution of the XPS 13 9300, Microsoft got the display size right.
It’s time to move on from the 13.3-inch display that’s been around forever. Dell and Microsoft are on the right track and Apple should follow suit.
*Apple increased the resolution on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro to 3,072-by-1,920 from 2,880-by-1,800 on the older 15.4-inch model.
**The XPS 13 FHD+ model has longer battery life than the 4K (UHD+) version.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 boasts a 13.5-inch display.