updated 05:42 am EST, Fri November 30, 2012
Long-awaited Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu to ship December 11
Dell's long anticipated XPS 13 ultrabook with Ubuntu is finally on sale. First announced in late July, it is the first premium ultrabook to feature Linux pre-installed instead of Windows. The XPS 13 is the culmination of Dell's Project Sputnik initiative, which aimed to bring a Developer Edition of its ultrabook running Ubuntu 12.04LTS "Precise Pangolin."
Somewhat suprisingly, the Developer Edition of its popular XPS 13 ultrabook is priced at $50 more than the similarly specced Windows version. When it was first announced, Dell indicated that it would be selling ultrabook in 'select geographies,' although it has made its debut on the US store.
The XPS 13 is fitted with a 3rd-gen Intel Core i7 processor that can Turbo Boost to 3GHz. This is matched with 8GB DDR3 SDRAM running at 1600MHz, while storage is provided by a 256GB SSD. The whole package weighs in at 2.99 pounds and features a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, while Gorialla Glass covers the 13.3-inch display which has a resolution of1366x768.
The Dell XPS 13 is retailing for $1449 and will ship from December 13.