Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition – Ubuntu based laptop for serious developers

Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu announced that the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is now available in North America and selected EMEA countries certified with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed to work straight out of the box.

This is the first system available on the market with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, released in April 2020, and continues the long-standing partnership with Canonical which is designed to offer developers their ideal laptop based on input received from the community.

“We’re delighted to see the first Dell systems ship with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Enterprises are increasingly equipping their developers and engineers with the operating system of their choice ensuring high end-user productivity. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on the latest Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition offers the performance developers demand with the assurance of security and long term support that IT management needs,” said Martin Wimpress, Director of Desktop Engineering at Canonical. 

Features of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition:

  • Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 LTS pre-loaded
  • Precision crafted from CNC machined aluminum, aerospace-inspired carbon fiber or woven glass fiber in a durable, compact and lightweight design
  • Larger 16:10 display, edge-to-edge keyboard, with larger keycaps and a larger touchpad
  • Eyesafe® display technology reduces harmful blue light and maintains vivid color
  • 10th generation Intel® Core™ 10nm mobile processors and up to 32 gigabytes of RAM
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Wi-Fi 6 ability (Killer™ AX1650 built on Intel Wi-Fi 6 Chipset)
  • Targeting up to 18 hours and 49 minutes of battery life on FHD+  to keep you powered on the go

In terms of specs, the laptop does run on the latest generation of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, matched with a base configuration of 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The base option also comes with a large non-touch 13.4-inch screen that does only has a resolution of 1920×1200. Canonical says the 52 Whr battery can last up to 18 hours which, given the rather modest specs, isn’t that surprising. Then again, developers do tend to burn through battery life faster more than your usual laptop user.

There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack, for who still prefer wired headphones. The laptop also has a microSD card reader and a 720p webcam.

Pricing starts at $1,099.99.

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