At COMPUTEX 2019, Intel reveals the 10th generation Intel Core mobile processors based on the new Sunny Cove microarchitecture and 10nm process. Along with the 10th generation Intel Core mobile processors, also known as the Ice Lake chips, are a plethora of next-generation mobile computing devices from laptops to ultrabooks. Dell’s XPS 13 series is one of the most popular notebooks today with its thin and lightweight design that is desired by most users from students to office workers. The new XPS 13 2-in-1 notebook will now be powered by the latest 10th generation Intel Core processors and now thinner than ever at 8% thinner than the previous generation. It comes with a fanless cooling system that’s efficient for the 15W processor while still putting up 250% more performance than the previous generation XPS 13 notebook.
Current generation notebooks are more into embedded solutions for processor, memory and other components compared to notebooks five years ago. With the Dell XPS 13 2019 model having a thinner form-factor, Dell would be using “soldered SSD” for its storage thus implying that SSD storage is not replaceable or expandable as confirmed by Notebookcheck.net editor via Twitter with Frank Azor, Alienware’s Co-founder and VP General Manager.
Upgradeability of Next-Generation Notebooks
Most users dislike the idea of not being able to upgrade components of their device, particularly with desktop PCs and laptops. While this dilemma is rare with desktop PCs and is currently limited to pre-built systems with complex designs like the CORSAIR ONE Pro, it is common with laptops nowadays having embedded processor, memory and other components. Hence, we could expect the next-generation laptops to have very limited upgradeability as they become thinner and lighter. Storage expansion for the next-generation laptops, like the Dell XPS 13 2019 model powered by the 10th generation Intel Core processors, would be limited to flash cards like phones with expandable storage through a microSD slot.
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