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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. iPad Pro

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. iPad Pro

Dell is changing its formula, as the latest Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will be a tablet instead of a laptop, ditching the reversible hinge for an XPS Folio keyboard sleeve.

With the iconic Dell XPS 13 set to go the way of tablets, it looks like its main competitor has changed.

And how will the king of tablets face this two-in-one device? Read on to find out how the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 compares to Apple’s latest iPad Pro.

It’s important to note that we haven’t had a chance to review the latest XPS 13 laptop, so we won’t be covering performance or battery life, but design and specs. . We’ll also be focusing on the 12.9-inch variant of the iPad Pro, as that’s the one we review.

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Price and availability

The iPad Pro was released last year and is available for purchase from the Apple Store. The 12.9-inch variant is available from $1099 / £999, although it can be configured to be more expensive.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will launch this summer, though the company has yet to release pricing information or a more specific release date.

Design and display

The iPad Pro is the best-looking tablet we’ve tested, based on our review. The design has the same boxy, industrial look that Apple has used since 2018, and the 2021 model is slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor.

There are only two color options here, gray and silver, which are a bit lackluster, though they work well with the well-established Apple brand. It has only one port: a Thunderbolt connector.

As far as we can tell, the biggest change to the XPS 13 2-in-1 is that it’s now in tablet form. The tablet may come with an XPS Folio cover and an XPS stylus, which can be used by left-handed or right-handed users.

Dell claims that it will last about 50 days on a charge and that the Folio case will support three angles: 100 degrees, 112.5 degrees and 125 degrees. However, the stylus and stylus are sold separately.

Looking at the screen, the iPad Pro includes a 12.9-inch mini-LED display that we thought was the best tablet screen we’ve ever used for viewing video content. It has excellent HDR (high dynamic range) performance and the mini-LED screen allows it to display deep blacks and vibrant colors.

Apple says brightness levels for regular use are around 600, and in our tests we found the screen hit 525 nits with no issues. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and ProMotion technology, which allows the screen to change its refresh rate to suit each specific use case.

Since we didn’t test the Dell XPS 13, we can’t comment on how we found the display, although we can cite some specs. The screen measures 13 inches and has a resolution of 2880×1920 with a rating of 500.

There are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports that support DisplayPort and Power Delivery, with no headphone jack or microSD card reader.


The iPad Pro comes with the Apple Silicon M1 chip, which was the first processor developed by Apple. It packs an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, and our review highlights how good this tablet feels to use due to its impressive internals.

You can get up to 2TB of storage and up to 16GB of RAM, depending on configuration. It runs on iPadOS, which limits the tablet as users won’t be able to access the full version of software like Adobe Photoshop.

The Dell laptop is powered by an Intel processor, with a choice of 12th Gen i5-1230U or i7-1250U processor. The former uses a 10-core processor up to 4.4 GHz, while the latter uses a 10-core processor that can go up to 4.7 GHz.

There will be a choice of 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.

first verdict

It’s hard to say definitively which is the best device, as we haven’t tested the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. But from what we’ve seen, the answer will depend on each tablet’s use cases. Dell uses Windows which should make it better as a laptop. But iPad OS is quickly catching up in its productivity offerings and is undeniably better when used in tablet form. We can’t wait to bring them face to face when we take the new XPS out for testing.

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